Image from the Slug Lake diving project.

Cave Diving

Cave diving is underwater diving in caves filled with water. The first Australian cave divers were Sydney University cavers in the early 1950s.

Cave diving is underwater diving in caves filled with water. The first Australian cave divers were Sydney University cavers in the early 1950s. They explored tourist caves using homemade gear including garden hoses, waterproofed car headlights and hand-pumped bellows.

Since then cave diving has become more regulated with cave divers being required to hold specialised qualifications by the CDAA (Cave Diving Association of Australia).

SUSS has a number of qualified cave divers who regularly dive in caves in NSW exploring new leads and mapping otherwise unknown areas of cave. SUSS has a team of cave divers who are currently exploring the underground river of Mammoth cave in Jenolan, details of their expeditions were reported in the Australian Geographic magazine in 2017.

SUSS does not offer training in cave diving, cave diving is only undertaken by qualified individuals with the relevant permits.

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Cave Diver Certifications

Certifications for SUSS cave divers can be found here.