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Cave Diving British Style

There are some things that we would tell anyone thinking of going cave-diving in the UK - things we think they should know...

  • A British cave diver checks his gauges

The Learning Curve

An experienced cave diver is 39 times more likely to survive a dive than his counterpart from 26 years ago. Unfortunately this improvement in diver safety has not been matched for inexperienced divers.

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Access to UK Cave Diving Sites

Negotiating access to caves can be a drawn out and delicate process. This article explains what can be involved in gaining (and keeping) access to UK cave diving sites.

  • A CDG diver preparing for a long cave diver using a closed circuit rebreather and diver propulsion vehicles

Cave Diving Risk Assessment

Cave diving is a hazardous activity that carries significant inherent risks of personal harm or injury, including death.

  • A British cave diver prepares to dive in a constricted sump pool

Cave Diver Education & Qualification

The Group does not offer fast-track cave diver courses and CDG Qualified Diver status demands that the individual is an expert caver as well as diver. Would you like to know what is involved? Read on...

  • A British cave diver preparing to dive in a tight, muddy sump

Joining the CDG

The Group is always genuinely pleased to accept new members but the very specialised nature of cave diving, especially in British sump conditions means that prospective members of the group are few.

  • Closeup of a British cave diver in a constricted sump

Solo Cave Diving

The Cave Diving Group continues to recommend solo diving as the safer alternative for diving in the UK. Why is that?

  • A British cave diver using a custom built chest-mount rebreather

CDG Cave Exploration – 1980’s to Present

From the 80's through to the present the CDG continue to lay line and discover new cave passage both in the UK and internationally.

In Praise of Solo Cave Diving

In this short essay Professor Charles Read attempts to counteract a lot of negative propaganda about solo diving and detail some of the ways it can be pleasanter and safer than with a buddy.

  • British cave diver, Geoff Crossley in the resurgence pool at Keld Head

CDG Cave Exploration – The Golden Age

Cavers embrace the use of open circuit equipment, develop safety innovations and explore deeper and further into cave systems across the UK.

  • British cave divers using war surplus oxygen rebreather equipment

CDG Cave Exploration – Beginnings

Cave diving in the United Kingdom did not originate or develop in isolation from caving. Cavers learnt to dive; cave divers did not become cavers.