Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Letter to Editor about Cave Diving
Letter as written
I was saddened to hear the news of Amy Ryan’s passing due to a cave diving incident. As a recipient of the Abe Davis Cave Diving Award from the National Speleological Society/Cave Diving Section I know something about cave diving.
When done right cave diving in the springs, spring/siphons, and siphons of North Florida and Mexico plus the blue holes of the Bahamas and Belize is so exhilarating it can’t be accurately described. Weightlessly gliding through miles of gin clear water passages that range from rooms the size sports arenas to being squeezed in restrictions so tight that one must doff and don diving gear to pass through is but a part of the attraction. But the attraction of cave diving is like the sirens of Greek Mythology – the three dangerous bird women seductresses who lured sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. Without cave diving training, equipment, and discipline the attraction to underwater caves is an invitation to certain death.
If you dive and feel the attraction to explore the many miles of underwater caves here in Florida please please please be an experienced diver AND get training from organizations such as the NACD or the NSS/CDS.
The life you save may be your own.