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#244717 - 08/09/07 09:01 PM Underwater Caves of the Yucatan
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#244721 - 08/09/07 09:12 PM Re: Underwater Caves of the Yucatan [Re: Marty]
elbert Offline
Marty,
You hit on a big topic with me. except I'm not really ready to tell all just yet ,more exploring to do.
We have them here on Ambergris and Its really part of the same system.
did you read this:
# IF YOU DIVE IN A CAVE, BE SURE TO HAVE THE PROPER EQUIPMENT AND TRAINING
# IF YOU ARE AN OPEN WATER DIVER AND WISH TO GO ON A GUIDED TOUR OF ANY CAVERN AREAS MAKE SURE YOUR GUIDE IS A DIVEMASTER AND FULL CAVE CERTIFIED. ONCE AGAIN, ASK TO SEE HIS OR HER GREEN CARD ISSUED FROM THE REGIONAL SAFETY OFFICER.
# I DO NOT ADVOCATE FOR ANYONE TO GO CAVE DIVING. IF YOU CHOOSE TO DIVE IN UNDERWATER CAVES YOU MUST TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ALL CONSEQUENCES. REMEMBER IT'S YOUR LIFE!
# REPEAT: I DIDN'T TELL YOU TO GO CAVE DIVING.

We don't have any qualified tour guides as yet but it can happen.
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#244723 - 08/09/07 09:17 PM Re: Underwater Caves of the Yucatan [Re: elbert]
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So true, but it looks so cool! You should be cave certified tru E?

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#244726 - 08/09/07 09:25 PM Re: Underwater Caves of the Yucatan [Re: Sir Isaac Newton]
elbert Offline
On the surface of the water after my head came up and I took my reg. from my mouth from my first underwater cave experience,
I said, "Thank you Jesus and I promise never to do that again".
But I did and its still scares me but I still do it....go think.
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#244729 - 08/09/07 09:29 PM Re: Underwater Caves of the Yucatan [Re: Sir Isaac Newton]
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In Mexico they take people not cave certified on guided tours but I'm a little skeptical about that wisdom. I would have to say it depends on the cave and the individual, but persons not cave certified can go and probably enjoy safely a limited tour in certain caves.
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#244769 - 08/10/07 04:33 AM Re: Underwater Caves of the Yucatan [Re: elbert]
Marty Offline
cool Elbert. i have spoken with a few folks about the caves and cenotes. awesome you have been down there. richie has some great drawings of their basic layout, and how they run sometimes from the reef wall

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#244778 - 08/10/07 02:00 PM Re: Underwater Caves of the Yucatan [Re: Marty]
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Sharks Cave between SWC and Tobacco Caye is fascinating, you enter at about 40 ft.
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#244851 - 08/11/07 10:42 PM Re: Underwater Caves of the Yucatan [Re: Katie Valk]
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Robbie and his wife are up in the Yucatan diving the cenotes right now!
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#244913 - 08/13/07 05:43 AM Re: Underwater Caves of the Yucatan [Re: Sir Isaac Newton]
pedro2
Katie - where's Shark's Cave, and what's it like? People might know of the cave that exits at Mexico Rocks - I've been into that 400-500 feet and there were clear signs that others had been there before me, but not in a long while. It was very silty, even that far in, and though it had been shallow (less than 50') it was about to get much deeper and I didn't have enough air. I know someone who dived the cave just behind the cut on Caye Caulker 25 years ago with Sheck Exley, and he said it was an excellent dive. Of course people have subsequently been lost inside there.

The safest rule for anyone not cave trained contemplating going into one is "don't". But there has to be a first time. Just make sure you get properly cavern trained before you go anywhere near a cave. In a cavern you can always see some daylight so in theory it's safer, but even there you can kick up sediment and obscure the way out. The same's true inside most wrecks, and they need to be treated with at least as much respect as caves.

A fundamental part of cavern/cave/wreck penetration training is developing superb buoyancy control and a range of suitable finning styles - people can work on this in open water on ordinary dives. Try swimming very close to a sandy bottom yet not kicking up any sand or silt. It's possible, and no instructor will take you into a cave until you have mastered it.

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#244961 - 08/13/07 10:16 PM Re: Underwater Caves of the Yucatan [Re: ]
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The dive operators on SWC or TB wil have the gps coordiantes, its in between the two islands, inside the reef. Incredible cave. Large tiger shark lived there when I went years ago with the Gurkha regiment. Would love to dive the cave near MX Rocks one day.
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