Cavern Experience Dives were conducted already in the late 1980’s by the early explorers, but this was a relatively uncommon activity until the mid 1990’s. Nowadays it has grown into a popular activity and presents itself a considerable market. Production furthers the market, so by opening many cenotes for cavern diving over the years the market is shaping. But a growing market interests people that are up for the fast, quick and easy money. So choose your cavern guide wisely.
Your cavern guide has to be at least Divemaster and Cave Diver. While diving with me, you get the comfort of over 6 years diving and working as a cavern guide and over 10 years as an Recreational Instructor and in addition I am certified as a Cave Instructor. APSA (the local association for dive and watersport centers) also recommends that the guide has a qualification as oxygen provider and in Emergency First Response (which I do to instructor level). The guide will be at all times in the water in full cave gear configuration, a basic first aid kit, a oxygen kit and an accident management slate are always on the dive site.
I will cover during the excursion the following points:
- general briefing of the safe conduct of cavern dives
- site briefing explaining entrance procedures, dive profile and dive route as well as emergency procedures
- equipment preparation and check
- bubble check
- in-water equipment check
- buoyancy check
- calculate turn limits
- review signals
- review air sharing procedures
- establish team sequence
- cavern dive
- post dive rest period – on the surface