Mexico, 2015 - Cave Training and Diving

 
Tank selection at the Dive Centre

Tank selection at the Dive Centre

There is a choice of manifolded doubles or independent singles. For sidemount diving, it is the latter.

Classroom sessions

Classroom sessions

Cave diving certification requires understanding of underwater protocols, execution of dive plans and team communication.

Entry and exit point

Entry and exit point

Underwater sunrays at the entrance

Underwater sunrays at the entrance

Certified cave divers only

Certified cave divers only

Warning sign at cave entrance. They are there for a reason.

Start of training

Start of training

Hours of skills practice in swimming pools and open water done, it is time to enter the overhead environment.

Underwater underground...

Underwater underground...

Line drills

Line drills

Line handling and procedures are an important part of cave diving. The continuous line is literally a diver's lifeline.

The purpose of cave dive training is to equip technical divers with the needed skills for cave diving and to bring them to the level where they can truly appraise the natural beauty of the caves.

Breathtaking scenery

Breathtaking scenery

Reflections on the water surface - from below.

Dive team formation

Dive team formation

Cave diving is a team sport: each team member has a clearly defined role.

Certification required

Certification required

Cave diving certification from a recognized diving agency - such as PSAI - is required to gain access to underwater cave systems at many sites.

Dive team

Dive team

Proper and intensive training is a prerequisite before one can safely appreciate and protect the million-year-old earth formations from underneath the ground.

Trim and skill demonstration

Trim and skill demonstration

Cave diving demands impeccable buoyancy control and technique.

Following the line

Following the line

Cave divers are not only trained on skills but also on the mentality of safety and readiness to handle situations under potentially stressful circumstances.

"Wefie" in the cave

"Wefie" in the cave

Reeling out of the cave

Reeling out of the cave

Ceiling at Nohoch

Ceiling at Nohoch

Exiting Car Wash

Exiting Car Wash

Ready to surface

Ready to surface

and some technical drills.

Hurry to get wet

Hurry to get wet

Postcard to those who weren't there.

Limestone

Limestone

Grand Cenote - Team formation

Grand Cenote - Team formation

Diving in caves offers dome unearthly sights that only a few people in the world ever get to see.

Certified cave divers

Certified cave divers

Our team of eight.

Mexico, 2015 - Overhead Sidemount

Diving the Mexican cave system has always been the dream trip of many divers, whether it's just a swim-through at the Cenotes showered by gorgeous sunrays, or a challenging penetration into well decorated chambers miles into the cave.

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In October 2015, a group of PSAI technical divers from Hong Kong, Hangzhou and Suzhou were thrilled to travel half way around the globe to the world famous cave diving heaven, Mexico. Led by Gallup Lee, PSAI-China Instructor Trainer Evaluator, it was a week of training with the PSAI Overhead Sidemount course to earn Cave Diver certification for some, while the already certified cave divers enjoyed the beauty of the various well-known cave systems in the region.

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