Here is why divers make a choice as to what kind of diving to do, why some choose cave diving. Also, just exactly what is extreme cave diving?
Divers seem to decide between various types of diving, and make that endeavor their passion, but they need to choose the appropriate scuba equipment to participate in their dive of choice. The kinds of different diving are about as varied as the divers who like them.
Divers might prefer night diving. Certain types of fish come out at night, and divers get to see them at this particular time using the right dive torch. Lobster hunting is particularly good at night. Some divers prefer cliff diving, (which is not jumping off a cliff in full scuba gear) . It’s diving alongside a cliff, and being carried by the currents to see various reef formations and types of fish.
Other divers really love snorkeling, spearfishing or cave diving. Of all those types of diving, cave diving most closely matches the diving I like for pure thrills and excitement. The difference between most recreational dives and cave dives is that cave divers are thankful to have returned safely and alive from their dive. Most divers do not face the prospect of boulders the size of houses falling on them. In fact, the only type of diving that might match cave diving for danger is “free diving.” Free diving is not “free.” It’s holding your breath as long as you can and going as deep as you can without anything more than fins. Again, come back from a free dive alive: successful free dive. Come back dead: unsuccessful free dive. The “free” refers to the lack of equipment (or common sense, one might argue).
Most extreme cave divers consider a successful dive one that they have actually returned from. Extreme cave divers are a completely different animal than recreational divers. Maybe the key word is ‘animal.’ Extreme cave divers are crazy. Free divers, even crazier. Recreational divers are not. Among the many dangers extreme cave divers face are hydrogen sulfide poisonous water that they can’t protect themselves from. Narcolepsy is another. Other dangers also include the risk of really jagged edges, a hazard that can be prevented with the right gloves, and losing your sense of direction. If all that sounds like fun, try free or cave diving.