Every cave is different and cavers all enjoy the exploration of each individual cave. It is even more exciting when you are exploring new caves not knowing what you are going to find. These days to find new caves you are likely to have to do some digging or diving. Depending on the cave a cavers will need some climbing skills, be happy to squeeze through tight spaces or not mind getting wet.
As with all adventure sports, it is important to be properly equipped. Clothing which can protect from abrasion, a helmet and lights source are essential. It is also important to have another two or three backup light sources. The type of clothing will also depend on conditions in the cave - warm or cold. Here local knowledge is an important factor. Other equipment includes ropes, first aid kit, food and bathroom supplies to remove all personal waste from the cave.
Cave diving gives the opportunity to find beautiful caves which are rarely seen. They often contain unique flora and fauna and have undamaged features such as stalactites and stalagmites. The technical diving aspect is also a challenge in its own right.
It is potentially dangerous though and is often considered to be one of the most dangerous sports in the world. It must be said though that most of those who died did not have the specialized training or appropriate equipment.
In an emergency a diver cannot ascend directly to the surface and may have to travel some distance through the cave. The diver can also be hampered by areas which are difficult to move through, strong currents and low visibility. This is not a sport for the unprepared or inexperienced diver.