The Basics of Caving Safely

Caving Safely means caving in a manner which protects cavers from accident or injury and protects the cave from damage from cavers. This involves having the proper, working equipment, being in physical shape and having the knowledge to move through the cave, as well as knowing what not to bring, or what not to do.

This is just a short checklist of things which a caver should have, know, and do in order to cave safely. It is not comprehensive, and can be added to.

Things to Know and Do Before You Go

Cave DON'T's

Become an experienced, helpful and considerate caver. Exercise the NSS motto: "Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints along the beaten trail, kill nothing but time. You'll be a better caver for it.

2003 Jo Schaper.

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