Caving can be an exciting, magical adventure that allows you to crawl into the wonderful, natural caves of the world, discovering rocks, fossils and even wildlife. Although exceptional fun, caving can be very dangerous, and if you fancy indulging in this age-old pastime, then your number one priority should be to keep safe. Here is how to stay safe when enjoying the exciting activity of caving.
Contact a specialist caving organisation
There are caving workshops being held all over the country and if you are new to caving and far from an expert, you should contact a caving organisation. Going caving alone without the right expertise and equipment can cause a number of potentially fatal accidents, such as slips, trips and falls and broken bones. Going with a specialist caver or a caving group minimises the risk of this happening, and in a group, if you were to have a slip or trip, you have people there to help you.
Wear proper equipment
There is equipment that every caver should wear before venturing inside, and not wearing what is recommended could result in a trip or fall, or an injury, such as a wound, cut, broken bone or sprain. A helmet should be worn with an in-hat torch which allows you to keep your hands free to steady yourself, and thick clothing should be worn to minimise the risk of a tear to not only your clothes, but your skin.
The ground in caves can be very uneven and can be a breeding place for slip injuries and falls and trips. By moving slowly, you can calculate the safest way and route through the cave, ensuring that you are less likely to take a fall whilst exploring inside.
Before you go into a cave, educate yourself on the type of cave it is, and whether it is prone to changes due to weather or tide. A lot of caves, especially those on the coast, fill with water depending on the tide, so being aware of the type of cave you are exploring ensures that you won’t suffer a nasty accident such as a fall accident, drowning or being pulled out to sea.
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Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice