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What’s What: Cave diving is scuba diving that’s done in underwater caves and requires some training. Cave divers do it for the adventure but some dive in to find fossils and gather data that helps scientists better understand the earth and the environment.

Amava Take: It’s not for everyone, as advanced scuba diving experience is required. And it’s not for the faint of heart; these adventures can be risky, there are many unknowns and the safety aspect is not something to be underestimated. But the rewards are many, like discovering new hidden worlds and experiencing things no one else might witness. This article explains the appeal and risks of cave diving.

From the Front Lines:

Who would enjoy this experience?

Experienced scuba divers looking for a next-level adventure or novices looking for something more and willing to take some classes.

Are there special qualifications?

You should be fit, fearless and feel at home underwater. You must be an experienced scuba diver; this expert recommends 100 open water dives before attempting a cave.  

Any tips to get started?

Take a cave diving class and check out this guide to what’s what. Here’s some information on equipment and other necessary skills.

From the Trenches:  

What’s the most satisfying part of the job?

Seeing worlds no one knew existed. Cave diving is one of the oldest of pastimes and also one of the most uncertain.

How would you describe the hard parts?

Going through tunnels so tight that your back touches the roof of the cave with every breath.

What’s the most memorable experience you had?

Everything. There is nothing else quite like swimming through the veins of Mother Earth and exploring the shadowy recesses inside our planet.

Finding an opportunity: Mexico has many opportunities for new and experienced divers alike. This article outlines the very best of all cave diving experiences and this article explains the basics of how it works. The best places to cave dive are also explored on the website Backpack Travel and Spot My Dive explains how Cenotes diving in Mexico is a a good place to start for beginners.