Out of all of the excursions you can go on as a traveling therapist, cave diving is one of the most thrilling and exciting options. Described as an unbelievable adventure by Dive In, cave diving offers a unique glimpse at natural beauty that you’ll never forget:
“Exploring the underground world is an indescribable feeling; leaving a narrow part of a cave decorated with stalactites and stalagmites, which then opens up into a huge chamber will take your breath away.”
With as breathtaking and incredible as cave diving can be, it’s a challenging opportunity that can not be taken lightly in terms of safety. There are various steps you need to take to ensure your own well-being.
Before diving into an unforgettable adventure, consider the following safety tips:
1. Go through the training process prior to cave diving
You might be confident in your ability to dive, but don’t trust your instincts if you’ve never gone on this excursion before. We recommend you go through some training to understand the uniqueness of cave diving and any new equipment you’re working with before entering a cave system.
2. Always stay in the light
It’s very easy to lose visibility underwater while cave diving. To ensure you don’t get lost, Scuba Diving magazine recommended always staying in the light. You should also bring a few backup sources of light just in case your main source fails.
3. Stick to the rule of thirds
The rule of thirds for gas engagement is an important aspect of cave diving that will help you breath for a long period of time under water. This means you’re only using one third of your air on the way in, and another third of it on the way out. You should always leave a final third of air in the tank just in case you run into an issue while diving.
4. Find a focal point and stick to it
A deep-sea cave can seem like a maze, whether it’s man made or a naturally occurring landscape. Pay attention to the underwater landmarks and set focal points for yourself so you always have a place to return to if you think you’ve somehow made your way off of the route. Make sure there’s always a main focal point near your exit.
5. Avoid small spaces
Once you’ve reached your cave diving destination, be sure to stay out of confined areas and small spaces. Stick to the main route to avoid getting stuck because of predetermined cramped crevices, or becoming victim to confinement because of fallen rock.
6. Remain calm and enjoy yourself
Don’t forget why you went on the excursion in the first place. Use this awesome adventure as an opportunity to explore, relax and enjoy yourself. Stay calm while underwater, follow instructions and regulations and always remember to enjoy the surroundings of the deep blue while diving.