TN. Cave Diving

Discussion in 'Cave Diving' started by roguediver, May 14, 2002.

  1. roguediver

    roguediver Divemaster

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    I was wondering if anyone has any information on cave diving in the T.A.G area. Tennessee, Alabama, Georga area. I would love to dive these caves.
     
  2. Okiecaver

    Okiecaver Nassau Grouper

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    If you get the chance, after you certify, join the NSS and hook up with local cavers.

    Most of them will be drycavers, but if they know you, they'll call on you and your buds if they find something worth looking into.

    T-A-G caves, like those here, tend to be on private property, so being a member of a respected group eases the entry.

    Finally, you might join the Cavers message board. www.extendedrange.com

    Get good training, do you "time", Join or build a team and go explore!

    Dive safe
    Brock
     
  3. roguediver

    roguediver Divemaster

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    Are there anyone on the board that is from Tennessee and if so are you already a cave diver and if not are you going to become a cave diver. Im looking for someone close to take the course with to cut down on the cost if done by myself it will cost twice the price of two people. I would like to have someone from the TN area to do the course with that way I'll have someone in the area to cave dive with.
     
  4. Weezle

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    Roguediver,

    I live in the Knoxville area. There is a dive shop close by in Maryville, Rhea's Diving who offers a cave class. Alan, the owner says there are divable caves all over this area. They offer the cave class by getting a group together to go to FL to the GUE place. He was saying he is in the process of switching over his technical classes to it...

    peace.
     
  5. roguediver

    roguediver Divemaster

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    weezle


    thanks man I think i have there web site. I also think that the guy who started Rheas scuba lives in florida now and is an instructor for gue David Rhea is his name i think. But thanks for the information.



    :sharky:
     
  6. Weezle

    Weezle Nassau Grouper

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    Yup, that's him - but I know Alan was talking about caves in this area...
     
  7. roguediver

    roguediver Divemaster

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    cool weezle


    Thata great after i get my training done i hope i can dive them. Off hand do you know where any of them are. thanks
     
  8. beachdivequeenbelam

    beachdivequeenbelam Barracuda

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    did you ever find anyone? I want to cave dive but my husband doesn't? so I have no buddy on this one
     
  9. roguediver

    roguediver Divemaster

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    Sorry about takong so long to respond to this, but Uncle Sam thought it would be a good idea to ship me out for a year or so. Im still gone and will not be back home until April 2005 (I hope). I have not found someone to go through the traing with as of yet. Im going to take some time off when I get back and go to FLA to at least take cavern/Intro before I have to go back to work. Still on the look out for a good instructor also. Talk to you guys soon.

    Jeff
     
  10. roguediver

    roguediver Divemaster

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    That is kind of funny now that I read your post again. My wife loves to dive but does not wont to cave dive, which is fine with me I dont wont her to do it just because of me. You can never have to many dive buddies right.

    Jeff
     
  11. beachdivequeenbelam

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    I want to become a Cave diver and I live in Nashville, TN
    Send me a PM and let me know what the details are?
     
  12. beachdivequeenbelam

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    My hubby doesn't want to cave dive either. He loves diving wither. I was in the ARmy for 4 years and I undersatnd being sent off. I was sent to Korea for a year myself as my 1st tour of duty. I'll be here and I am still willing to take the classes with you.Just let me know.

    Bridget
     
  13. Keysdrifter454

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    This is the only real diveshop in East Tennessee:

    http://www.rheas.mbdc.net/

    The can answer all your cave questions, fill all your cave diving needs.
     
  14. Keysdrifter454

    Keysdrifter454 Barracuda

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    As usual, I should have read the thread first.

    I'm a Rhea's regular from Gatlinburg.
     
  15. Keysdrifter454

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    Alan Williams is the current owner, David still teached GUE courses through the store.
     
  16. Keysdrifter454

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    Check out Rhea's Diving, and cave classes with David.

    He teaches GUE, but last I knew he teaches other agencies as well.

    David has the unique advantage of having a residence in cave country, and charges minimal room and board during class.

    Makes the whole thing more palatable.
     
  17. MikeFerrara

    MikeFerrara Scuba Instructor

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    Forest Willson has a group that's actively involved with cave exploration in that area. He has a board for sump divers too. I don't have the url handy but you'll see it mentioned if you poke arounf on cavediver.net. There are also some trip trports of some of theor dives posted there.

    Most of the cave diving in that are is sump diving. That means diving sidemount and you'll be combining dry caving (even rope work) with cave diving. Vis is bad and few do it for the diving. They do it simply to get past the sump and explore the dry cave on the other side.

    I doubt you'll find a dive shop any where that will be of much help getting into this and I'm not aware of any cave instructors who teach in those conditions and very few who teach anything remotely related to that type of diving.
     
  18. Curt Bowen

    Curt Bowen ScubaBoard Author

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    I have done a little cave diving in TN. TN caves are difficult, cold water, bad vis, deep, and those we did required sidemount techniques.

    But I would like to go back and look for more.
     
  19. MikeFerrara

    MikeFerrara Scuba Instructor

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    Deep?

    I did a little (very little) diving in Kentucky and I think I was runner up for a while for the Kentucky cave diving depth record with an incredible max depth of 12 ft.

    however, I'ver since been informed of depths well in excess of 20 ft being reached taking me out of the running. LOL

    My wife and I did do one dive where we actually had a little bit of vis...well, we could see each other anyway. Then I touched a rock to tie a line off and we were in the dark. Of course a rock good enough to tie to is rare in itself with doggie stakes being the tie-off of choice. Our max depth on that dive was 9 ft so it was no help in the persuit of a depth record.
     
  20. MikeFerrara

    MikeFerrara Scuba Instructor

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    BTW, that last dive was pretty easy...

    Once we got our gear down the mountain, accross the lake and up the other mountain using ropes. LOL
     

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