DiveCaching is all about adventure and fun!
It is essentially an underwater “treasure” hunt that combines your certified scuba diving skills with some high tech equipment and simple underwater search techniques, while looking for a hidden “cache” of goodies.
There are 10 simple steps to embarking on your very own DiveCaching adventure!
- First of all, make sure all your diving equipment is in good, safe, working order and that your diving skills are current.
- Visit Opencaching.com and create a free account.
- In the “Search geocaches now” box, enter the location in which you wish to find a DiveCache.
- In the search results, limit those listed to DiveCaches by selecting the tag, “Diving.”
- Choose any DiveCache by clicking on its name.
- Read the entire description and enter in coordinates into your GPS device. Make note of whether the DiveCache is a “wet” or “dry” cache.
- While above the water (perhaps by way of a boat) use your GPS to locate where the DiveCache is located in the water below you.
- Suited-up in your diving gear, jump in and navigate the rest of your way to the DiveCache using your underwater compass – or impeccable sense of direction!
- Locate the DiveCache and if it is a “wet” DiveCache, sign the log book while submerged and return it to its resting place. If it is a “dry” DiveCache, bring it up to the surface, since the log book and then return it where you found it. Be sure to take photos of you and your find!
- Once you have finished your dive and have an internet connection, log onto Opencaching.com to log your discovery and post photos online. Visit www.facebook.com/DiveCaching to upload photos for the DiveCaching community to see and share you experience or post them on Instagram and tag with #DiveCaching!
What is hidden in a DiveCache?
The cache itself is usually composed of a container holding a log book or log sheet, something with which to write, and various items that might be of interest to the DiveCacher, such as collectible coins, lapel pins, key chains, beads, money, stones, or other treasures. These items, known as SWAG (Stuff We All Get) can include handmade items, stuff from the dollar store and anything else the DiveCacher can imagine. Items don’t need to be expensive but should be a reflection of the Cacher’s personality.
What equipment do I need to DiveCache?
As with all dives, you will want to make sure your equipment is properly maintained and prepared for the type of diving you’ll do to find the cache. You’ll want to be certain that you have a compass, a GPS that can withstand splashing or other water contact, and you’ll want to be sure your dive skills are up for the dive. If you’ve been out of the water for a while, contact your local dive retailer and participate in a dive refresher course before going out to look for DiveCache.
Do I need any special training?
In addition to being a certified diver, it is a great idea to get additional training before you go looking for these treasures. Training and even certification in underwater navigation using a compass and other devices will be helpful. In order to make your search more fun and efficient, learning search and recovery techniques will be helpful too. DiveCaching around wrecks, or searching at night or in deeper water, will require you to get additional training and certification in those specialty diving areas as well. The best way to get involved in this training is to seek out your local retail dive center and sign up for the courses they offer.