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How I Became a Cave Diving Junkie

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Hey all greetings from Mexico! I am about to go finish up my cave diving course in the Cenotes with ProTec dive center! Yeah! So pumped.  So I guess that this blog is going to be a little bit of reminiscing about the journey, and the investment, and the money taker of a mistress that is technical diving!

Victoria claiming her cave diving doubles aboard the MV Trident

I had heard my sister and our friend Anna talk about tech and cave diving for years. I was simultaneously happy for them and inwardly fuming that I was trapped in the snowy tundra of university.

Victoria Wishing she was tech diving

Finally it was summer and I was free to go travel. I headed to Bali to go dive, naturally.  During one of the dives there, we started going through an intricate pattern of coral swim throughs.  This was the first moment where I had the inkling that yeah, cave diving might be really awesome.

Coral swim throughs with white tip reef sharks out of Chandi Dansa, Bali

After Bali I headed to Koh Tao, Thailand, where I finished my divemaster as a true SheDiver! (www.shedivers.com, swish beginnings!) During this period of time the fresh flooded caves of Koh Sak were starting to be explored.  We quickly put together a cavern course with our friends, and I believe that I was the first to sign up!

So I was lucky enough to be among the first to go to the caverns with Ban's Tec. The cavern course is divided into two sections: groundwork consisting of land line drills in order to familiarize ourselves with the new challenges associated with cavern diving, and diving in the caverns where the same drills are run. The drills are fun as well as a necessary part of training.

Running tech diving ground drills

Temple Cavern is where most of the training for this course takes place. The cavern is beautiful with multiple entrances and exits, making each dive new and exciting. Learning how to dive in an overhead environment is a rewarding journey. In a cavern one can always see overhead light from the entrance; this is what distinguishes cavern from cave diving.

Before Cave diving

What really excited me during my cavern course (and what will excite all of you equipment junkies out there) was receiving my first piece of technical equipment: a pony bottle on a sling. This was the moment when I realized that I was entering into a different type of diving. I have never since looked back.

Loving my tech diving pony bottle!

Upon returning to Koh Tao, I started my PADI DSAT Deep Tech course aboard the MV Trident. The Trident and it's crew are famous for discovering the USS Largato, a missing US sub.  The course was challenging with all the equipment and different gas blends, but it was a rewarding experience.

After my DSAT course, I was addicted, more than hooked. I became a full fledged junkie for this smack of technical diving.   I needed another fix, just a little distraction from fish and coral. You know, just to even me out again and get me feeling good. Let me down easy before heading back to university.  So I went with Ban's Tec to start my cave courses back at Koh Sak.

The cave diving course was more intensive but even more fun.

Filling tanks

I remember one of our first penetrations we came up into a little room with an air pocket. Yes that cave was filled with bats, and yes it was awesome.

Coming back on the longtail

You will hear from me again on this subject when I am high and wired from the new drug in my life that is Cenote diving. . .