Advanced Courses

Advanced Caving Courses

Intermediate caving trip in the Yorkshire Dales

If you really have the bug after one of the adventure caving trips or you have been underground before and would like to continue your underground experience, why not enroll on one of the advanced caving courses:

Introduction to Caving – 1 Day

Refresher Caving – 1 Day

Basic Caving Course – 2 Days

Intermediate Caving Course – 3 Days

Ladder and Lifeline Course – 2 Days

Classic Caving Course – 3 Days and over

DAY 1 - The first day starts with an informal introduction to caving and continues with a surface session on clothing and equipment. Each course member will receive a full set of equipment. After lunch a suitable underground venue will be selected where you will be able to enjoy the fun of cave exploration in complete safety. The underground trip gives everyone an opportunity to learn about cave development, conservation and cave formations at first hand whilst navigating themselves with the use of cave surveys. A variety of other topics emergency procedures will be looked at during this day.
The underground trips offer everyone an opportunity to learn about cave development, conservation and cave formations at first hand whilst navigating themselves with the use of cave surveys. A variety of other topics including emergency procedures will be looked at during day one.


DAY 2 - The second day will take you into an active stream cave with some vertical sections which will be negotiated with ropes and ladders.
This course has an excellent reputation in the British caving scene as the safest introduction to the exhilarating sports of vertical caving or potholing. You will be taught the correct techniques of abseiling and ladder climbing with safety lines used at all times. The basic caving courses are open to any keen group or individuals. At the end of the second day your instructor will advise you on further caving opportunities.

This course introduces you into active stream caves with vertical sections which need to be negotiated with safety ropes, ladders and abseiling.
Abseiling is the exhilarating and challenging descent of steep or vertical terrain via fixed ropes using the latest techniques and modern equipment.
Using abseiling and ladder climbing techniques in conjunction with a safety line, you will not need any formal training to take part, just a lot of enthusiasm! This will definitely be a course to remember.
This course has an excellent reputation in the British caving scene as the safest introduction to the exhilarating sports of vertical caving or potholing. You will be taught the correct techniques of abseiling and ladder climbing with safety lines used at all times. At the end of the course, your instructor will advise you on further caving opportunities.
Next Step: To go on more vertical caving trips or join us for extra basic caving days. (Guiding service)

Intermediate Caving Course – 3 DaysThis 3 day basic caving courses is an extended 2 day course. During the extra day you will be introduced to the use of guide books, survey interpretation, cave access, hazard assessment, personal safety, cave conservation and you will be encouraged to take an active part in choosing, organising and leading the underground session.
There will of course be more time to look at clothing and equipment in more detail with useful tips on maintenance etc. If you wish to pursue this sport, your instructor will give you practical advice on purchasing equipment and follow up caving trips. These trips can be held in the Peak district or the Yorkshire Dales based with a choice of accommodation packages.
Next Step: To go on more vertical caving trips or join us for extra basic caving days, (Guiding service) or to rig for ladder and line yourself (See Ladder & Lifeline Courses) or enroll on to the Single Rope Techniques (See SRT Courses)

Ladder and Lifeline Course – 2 DaysThis 2 day specialist skills training course is designed for cavers and cave leaders using abseiling, ladders and lifelines and traverses lines as a means of progression with groups underground. These techniques which are relatively easy to pick up in close supervision, demand confidence and competency in delivery. There have been many incidents where people have got this wrong ending in a cave rescue call out and sometimes a fatality!

Descending an open shaft - Yorkshire Dales

We will look at basic rope work needed to rig traverses and protect the leader/rigger at pitch heads with safe identification, selection and usage of natural and artificial anchors.
Nigel Atkins was involved with the placing of the 8mm bolts into the British caves in the early 80's and has continued for over 25 years to rig some amazing and original routes into caves like Alum Pot and Gaping Ghyll. He was also the rigger who placed the first set of Eco hangers into the Derbyshire caves and runs bolting sessions to train new riggers in the DCA.
Nigel will introduce you to the variety of knots available with advice on how and where they should be used. He will also explain the theory of fall factors, the loading of anchor points and the use of ‘y’ hangs. Other topics will be covered such s rigger protection, rope care, coiling, organising tackle for the caving trip together with a working knowledge of rigging guides and descriptions.Some cavers prefer abseiling as a means of descent and we will look at the variety of options for descending and ascending short pitches.
This course will also include looking at emergency techniques and the skills required should a problem occur with a tired or injured caver on a pitch or traverse line.
Next Step: To go on and enjoy more vertical caving trips or join us for extra basic caving days, (Guiding service) or enroll on to the Single Rope Techniques (See SRT Courses)

Classic Caving Course – 3 Days and overThe course will start with a personal check on equipment and techniques of course members who all play an important part in choosing the trips to follow. There will be plenty of opportunity for people to perfect any necessary techniques. Most people who join us for the classics usually have their own equipment but you may hire part or full sets from us. All rigging equipment, ropes and hangers are provided.   
This classic caving weeks provide an ideal opportunity for cavers to enjoy the thrill of such systems as Gaping Gill, Juniper Gulf, Meregill Pot etc. without having to worry about rigging or flooding as I will do all of the hard work leaving you to enjoy the exhilarating experience of Britain's largest and most spectacular potholes. Useful words and phrases for the week include, Awesome, Epic, Plumentos, it's BIG, it's wet, WOW, amazing, who's round is it?

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