Mexico, 2015 - Cave Training and Diving
Tank selection at the Dive Centre
There is a choice of manifolded doubles or independent singles. For sidemount diving, it is the latter.
Cave diving certification requires understanding of underwater protocols, execution of dive plans and team communication.
Entry and exit point
Underwater sunrays at the entrance
Certified cave divers only
Warning sign at cave entrance. They are there for a reason.
Start of training
Hours of skills practice in swimming pools and open water done, it is time to enter the overhead environment.
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.
Reflections on the water surface - from below.
Dive team formation
Cave diving is a team sport: each team member has a clearly defined role.
Cave diving certification from a recognized diving agency - such as PSAI - is required to gain access to underwater cave systems at many sites.
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
Cave diving demands impeccable buoyancy control and technique.
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
Reeling out of the cave
Ceiling at Nohoch
Exiting Car Wash
Ready to surface
and some technical drills.
Hurry to get wet
Postcard to those who weren't there.
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
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.
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.
Pictures from various wrecks around Asia. There are hundreds of wrecks in South East Asian waters. Many of them are reminders of the battles fought during the Second World War, some are deliberately sunken to form artificial reefs.
Photos from one of our first cave diving expeditions in China to Yunnan province.
Sidemount diving is gaining popularity quickly. Strapping the tanks on your sides instead of your back offers several advantages.
Photos from a scuba trip to Moal Boal in the Philippines. Whale sharks, turtles, etc.