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02, Sep

2015

Diving Through Caverns

Exploring caves and caverns can be a fun activity and this is exactly what a cavern diver does! Cavern diving is the exploration of natural and artificial caves that are partially or completely filled with water. The basic guideline while cavern diving is to keep sight of the opening at all times. This is so that the diver can make emergency ascents whenever required.

Difference between cave diving and cavern diving

Technically cave diving and cavern diving are two very different forms of diving. Infact the training certifications are also provided by different institutes. Following are some fundamental differences:

Cavern Diving
1.
A cavern diver usually moves around the range of 130 ft of the opening.

Cave Diving
Cave divers go deep into the caves from where the opening is usually not visible.

2.Cavern Diving
Diver certifications are available from PADI, SDI, SSI and NAUI.

Cave Diving
Certification courses from GUE, TDI and IANTD.

3.Cavern Diving
Diving equipment is more or less similar to the ones used during open water diving.

Cave Diving
Equipment used is highly specialized to cater to the various risks involved during diving.

4.Cavern Diving
A cavern diver uses single tank and single regulator gas delivery system.

Cave Diving
Whether using single or double tanks, the system feeds two valves or regulators.

5.Cavern Diving
Easy enough to be undertaken by recreational divers.

Cave Diving
Requires formal training.

Cavern diver courses

There are a number of courses available in cavern diving, however the PADI cavern diver course is probably the most popular one. Prior knowledge in open diving is a pre-requisite for this course and therefore it is not meant for complete novices. The PADI cavern diver course changes you into an expert in cavern diving and trains you for:

  • Planning involved before a dive
  • Line and reel handling. This training is given in open water before entering a cavern
  • Various emergency proceduresĀ  and hazards involved during cavern diving such as disorientation
  • Protocols used during cavern diving
  • Cavern navigation process
  • Use of specialized equipments used by cavern divers, such as lights, breathing systems, etc
  • Techniques used by cavern divers such as buoyancy control, air sharing etc
  • Silt prevention
  • Air management

Despite the risks involved cavern diving can be fun. It is the explorations undertaken by such cavern divers that has lead to the discovery of exquisite flora and fauna, unique physical features in caves and many more. So shed your inhibitions and become a cavern diver!

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