Doing cave training in flordia and Mexico?

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Josh the diver

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What are peoples thoughts on doing cavern and intro to cave in Florida. Then spending some time practicing and diving there. Then going to Mexico to do full cave? I like the idea of get a variety of flordia and Mexico caves. I want to dive both. Would people do it the other way around sense flordia has the deeper and higher flow caves. Which sound more challenging but I know Mexico caves will have there own challenges. Especially sense I think it would be easier to silt up a lower flow cave.
 

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I’d do the opposite, given gas limitations in your early diving. Mexico offers, on average, shallower sites where you’ll burn through gas less quickly. There are plenty of both high flow and no-flow systems in Florida.

Edit: that said, pick one of the not trash instructor and you’ll be fine
 

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I was debating similar not long ago. I decided to do both in Florida where the conditions are "harsher" for the experience. When I'm comfortable there I plan to do guided cave dives in Mexico to learn the differences about the systems there compared to Florida as I understand there are some navigational differences between the two.
 

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pros and cons to each. Mexico the more complex navigation, but learning to dive in the cold, with deco, and in the flow is an a$$ kicker and there is nothing in Mexico that can prepare you for that. If you do it in Florida, I would make sure that you take it with someone who does most of the intro level in Peacock if at all possible to maximize dive time as Marianna and Ginnie are not conducive to intro level dives given the depth.
 

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I’d do it in reverse. The conditions in springs are much more challenging and you will gain more by doing full cave there- and build skills in the Cenotes during cavern and basic cave.
 
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pros and cons to each. Mexico the more complex navigation, but learning to dive in the cold, with deco, and in the flow is an a$$ kicker and there is nothing in Mexico that can prepare you for that. If you do it in Florida, I would make sure that you take it with someone who does most of the intro level in Peacock if at all possible to maximize dive time as Marianna and Ginnie are not conducive to intro level dives given the depth.
I was looking at doing the course at cave adventures with Edd Sorenson. So most likely the millpond would be the location.
 

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I was looking at doing the course at cave adventures with Edd Sorenson. So most likely the millpond would be the location.
Have you talked with him? I believe he’s largely been teaching cave ccr, sidewinder, and cave dpv and leaving earlier training to Dene, but maybe that’s not the case.
 
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Have you talked with him? I believe he’s largely been teaching cave ccr, sidewinder, and cave dpv and leaving earlier training to Dene, but maybe that’s not the case.
I have not yet. Just been looking around. That could be.
 
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