Cave diving in Mexico is one of the main delights of Mexico. And it is even more fascinating if you are the kind of person that feels drawn to the thrills of challenging untouched underwater experience. Although cave diving expeditions are thrilling and captivating, the truth is that it can be quite dangerous. To ensure you are well geared and prepared for what lies ahead, this guide to cave diving in Mexico will answer critical questions and enlighten you.
1. Dangers of cave diving
Do not get it twisted, because cave diving is dangerous. Even in the introductory course of the Open Water Certificate, you will be taught how to handle stressful situations. In other to get ready for cave diving, you need to master a lot of drills, including:
● How to handle a situation when your tank runs out of air.
● How to handle equipment failure
● How to deal with losing a dive buddy
● What to do when your dive buddy gets tangled in the line
● What to do if you ever lose the line that connects to the exit of the cave.
2. Certificates and skills needed for cave diving
If you are that determined to cave dive, then you need to tick off some steps before you go on your first adventure:
● You must have completed an Advanced Open Water Course with a minimum of 130 feet dive.
● You must complete a specialist course related to cavern diving that will allow you to experience low-light conditions and overhead environments.
● You will also need to complete a night dive course
3. Diving techniques
It is all good and well to have all the required certificates and to know all the right caves to dive. But that is not enough, as you will still need to possess instructor-level buoyancy control, and perfect multiple propulsion techniques, including:
● Helicopter turns
● Back kicks
● Flutter kicks
● Frog kicks
4. Cave diving equipment
So far, we have highlighted cave diving is a highly specialized activity. So, having the right equipment is crucial to a successful dive. For example, get a single tank with K-valves with two separate on/off valves and regulator first stages. What this means is that if your valve-to-regulator O-ring should rupture, and the regulator starts to free-flow, you can still turn it off, and use the second tank. Most of the equipment you will be using will be reconfigured to ensure any risk of entanglement and silt kick-up is reduced. So, all inflator hoses, gauges, and regulars and fitted on the suit tightly.