Frequently Asked Questions

Caving? What is that?

Caving is often called Spelunking by non-cavers. Refer to our new cavers page for a short description of the sport.

How do I join and how much does it cost?
In order to ensure that you are actually serious, we require you to do 4 trips as a day member and we ask for R100 per day for day members. 

Once you've done four trips you can apply for full membership which is R150 per year.

Selena Dickie is in charge of Memberships. Just ask one of the club members and they'll help you organise this.

Refer to the contact us page for contact details.

What do I take on a trip?
Refer to the new cavers page for basic equipment needed.

What are the trips throughout the year?
Please refer to the meetlist page.

What if we get lost?
Most cavers use some common sense. As a general rule we also carry maps with us. Alternatively we'll let you navigate and blame everything on you. But on a more serious note, first time cavers will feel disorientated in a cave, but regular cavers develop certain skills which allow them to navigate with ease through caves, whilst leaving cairns at difficult spots and often referring to a map. 

I'm scared of the dark.
Don't worry we have lights, lots of them. 

I'm scared of small spaces.
Don't worry, we have The Plug that'll test it out before you. If he can fit, you can fit. 

What if I get stuck.
Usually we'll pull you out. Otherwise we'll leave you there till the end of time so that people in the future can discover a new "Ms Ples"

Is it cold in a cave?
The temperature in a cave is usually the average annual surface temperature of the area. Generally it is around 18/19 degrees Centigrade in and around Gauteng. 

Is caving dangerous?
As with any other extreme sport there are dangers involved, however the SEC members have experience with various types of caves and will be aware of the dangers involved. We try to avoid dangerous situations with new cavers. 

What if the cave collapses or floods and we get stuck?
Sanctum is a highly unrealistic movie and so are other cave movies. Generally caves don't collapse and we won't take you in a cave during a season that we know flooding is likely. If this was to happen, there are people who are aware of our whereabouts and will get us rescued if we are not back by a certain time.

Are there a lot of animals in caves?
Caves are generally too cold for snakes, you might occasionally find them at entrances. Some caves have porcupines, but they always try and get out of your way.
Bats are generally harmless. They also don't fly out all at once like in the movies unless severely disturbed. 

Other animals live in burrows, they don't like caves as a general rule.

How do I get to the cave?
The meet leader will generally send a location that is at a garage or large intersection in the area of the cave. If the trip is scheduled to start at 9am, that means we leave the meet point at 9. Don't get left behind as the hardest part of cave navigation is finding the cave entrance. 
You will need a car with high ground clearance as caves tend to be far away from tarred roads and cavers don't like walking far to get to the caves. Your car will probably be parked next to a cave in the middle of a random field for hours and hours - so don't leave anything valuable inside it.