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2012 Fish Award

John Buxton

2019 Fish Award

Rob Murgatroyd The Fish Award has been made annually since 2012 in memory of the late Mike Jeanmaire or 'Fish' who served as CDG Chairman for 30 years. I want to say two things [...]

2018 Fish Award

David Brock At the 2018 AGM the Fish Award was given to David Brock. David has served the CDG as Secretary for many years, and in that time he has expertly guided the Group [...]

2017 Fish Award

David Ryall When I received the award last year I wondered who should get it next. I was torn between two members who have both used their ambassadorial skills and diplomacy to the Group's [...]

2016 Fish Award

Duncan Price The Fish Award for 2016 was presented to Duncan Price at the 2016 AGM. Duncan joined the CDG in the mid-1980s and seems to have stayed. I have known Duncan since he [...]

2015 Fish Award

Andrew Ward The Fish Award for 2015 was given to Andrew Ward Andy Ward joined the Cave Diving Group on 28th April 1985 when he was elected to Welsh Section. His first recorded cave [...]

2014 Fish Award

Clive Westlake It gives me immense pleasure to announce that Clive Westlake is to receive the Fish Award at this year's annual dinner. Clive is well known to most CDG members; few people in [...]

2013 Fish Award

John Cordingley The 2013 recipient of the Fish Award is John Cordingley. John Buxton’s reasons for his recommending John Cordingley for the award are outlined below: In my view John Cordingley is one of [...]

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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.