New Cavers

New to caving?

What is caving?
Caving - also occasionally known as Spelunking or Potholing - is the recreational pastime of exploring wild (generally non-commercial) cave systems.

Trips by SEC involve the following:
  • Revisiting known cave systems.
  • Pushing the limits of known cave systems by digging or bolting possible extensions. 
  • Searching for and exploring new cave systems. 
  • Occasionally visiting deeper parts of commercial caves not open to the public.

Specific Caving Activities:
  • Walking through the caves.
  • Squeezing through parts of the cave (Variants include getting stuck).
  • Climbing - this may involve smaller or longer climbs depending on the cave.
  • Vertical Rope work - using SRT (Single Rope Technique) skills.
  • Crawling (variants include rolling, sliding on your bum or back)
  • Swimming (variants include tubing or rowing or freediving)
  • Mapping and Surveying of Caves

What do you need for your first caving trip?
  • Let the meet leader know whether you are joining a trip and what equipment you need.
  • You must be 16 years or older, unless your parents are members of SEC. 
  • A climbing helmet - the club can lend this to you if don't have one.
  • A head light - the club can provide you with a basic light if you don't have one.
  • 3 AAA batteries if you are using the club's head light.
  • An Overall or old clothes - these need to be comfortable to allow movement and long sleeved to protect arms, knees and elbows.
  • The caves are generally not cold so a single layer of clothing is enough. 
  • Closed shoes - tekkies, safety boots, miners' boots, hiking boots, trail running shoes all work well.
  • Water and Food and a small bag to carry this in if you are joining us on a longer trip.
  • R100 as this is the day member's fee.  

  • Water and Food and a small bag to carry this in if you are joining us in a short trip.
  • A dust mask, especially for certain caves. 
  • Gloves to protect your hands.
  • Knee Guards and Elbow Guards.
  • Camera - preferably one that is protected from the elements.
  • Something to braai afterwards and something to drink during the braai. 

How do I join a trip?

Please refer to the meetlist for a list of caving trips.

Please refer to the contact us page for the contact details.