Training Course - Caving 

Caving or spelunking as the non-cavers calls it, is many things. The reasons why people go caving includes adventure sports, scientific study, companionship, and other things as varied as the individual cavers. It is one of the few sports in which you can go places no one has ever been before.

The most commonly asked question is probably "What do you find down there?" The answers are as varied as the caves themselves: mud; beautiful rock formations and rubble; water and dust; vast rooms and tight crawl-ways; awesome rivers and puddles; strange and fragile animals; deep pits and waterfalls; ice and warm water; and, of course, strange people. One finds, eventually, whatever one is looking for.

Courses:  Beginner Course - 6 days

Intermediate Course - 9 days

Advance Course - 14 days


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There are several different types of caves
Solution Caves  
are the most common type. 

This type of cave is formed very slowly by water in limestone or gypsum. The water actually dissolves the rock. As the passages get bigger, and there is a faster water flow, water erosion becomes a factor. These are formed slowly and collapse rarely. The wide variety of rock formations and passages also make this type of cave the most popular. Solution caves are scattered in pockets, throughout the country.

Talus Caves  

are literally piles of boulders. 


They tend to be very confusing and are easy to get lost in. Also, the predominance of broken rock makes them very hard on your body. They tend to occur in mountainous areas, especially near cliffs made of a very strong rock, such as granite.

Ice Caves 

are generally restricted to glacial areas. 


They are so cold that they could be dangerous. However, ice formations of extreme beauty and delicacy are often found. 

Volcanic or Lava Caves  

can be found near some volcanoes. 


They are passages which formed around and finally over flowing lava. Once insulated by the surrounding rock, the lava stayed hot enough to drain out when the eruption ceased, leaving a cave. These caves tend to be extremely jagged, and they can cut your clothes to ribbons.

The General Rules of Caving Safety

NEVER go caving alone. Three people are the absolute minimum number for a trip. The reason for this is that if a person is hurt, someone must remain with the injured party while the third person goes for help. Four to six people is generally considered the optimum size party for the average caving trip. Also, other people can help you when you are having trouble (which happens a lot to varying degrees).


ALWAYS have three independent sources of light. Include extra bulbs, batteries, carbide, waterproof matches, or whatever other equipment or supplies you need to keep your lights going. Your light sources must be highly water resistant and strong enough to withstand severe abuse. Being without a working light is inexcusable, even for a beginner. Should all your lights go out ("I thought you had the batteries."), it is generally not advised that you attempt to get out. Wait for help to come. This implies that someone on the outside knows you are in there and will send for help if you don't return.


Wear the proper clothing. You don’t want to get hypothermia while caving and hence your clothing should be warm, tough, and without things that can snag on the rocks (of course you would not like stuck somewhere inside the caves). Hard hats are mandatory.


Make sure you have all your equipment and that it is in proper working order before you enter the cave. It is your responsibility to know how to use the equipment you have before the trip starts.


One thing many newcomers don't realize at first is that caving is one of the few truly non-competitive sports. No one ever makes or takes a dare. No one is ever pressured to do things which he/she is afraid to do. Daredevils are unpopular. The reason for all this is that cavers are a very safety minded lot; competition and peer pressure leads to accidents. Removing an injured person from a cave is an awful job. We go to have fun, not to fool around. Remember this.


Don't go caving if you are sick, even if you have only a mild cold. Caving is an exhausting sport, and illness compounds your problems and might lead to an accident. Don't go caving while drunk, stoned, or otherwise "under the influence". A clear head is a requirement for safe caving.


Leave all jewelry outside the cave. A crushed ring could mean the loss of a finger in an otherwise minor accident. Make sure your glasses are very secure if you wear them. Leave your sunglasses in the car. 

(Don't laugh. Long-time cavers have been known to wear sunglasses into a cave and then wonder why their lights were so dim!)


Start caving with experienced cavers. Learn your capabilities in easy caves. Don't exceed your limits. Get to know the abilities of your caving friends. One often hears of "high school students" who get into trouble in a cave. This is caused by inexperience and/or a "swollen head".


Follow the rules and THINK !

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