CDAA looks to increase access to Tank Cave Print
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 22:43

The Cave Divers Association of Australia (CDAA) is looking to further increase cave diving access to Tank Cave, site of two cave diving deaths in 2011.

In an email to association members, the National Committee have asked members to consider allowing Cave rated divers access to the site. Currently, only Advanced Cave trained members can dive in Tank Cave.

Tank Cave, located in the lower south east of South Australia, has long been considered the jewel in the crown of sites whose sole diving access is through the CDAA. The site was purchased by the association in 2010 for a sum well above land value. In 2011, two cave divers, trained to the highest level within the association (Advanced Cave), died in separate diving incidents in the cave. Full accident analyses have yet to be published. Since these incidents, the association has twice eased access restrictions to dive the cave by allowing the site to be used for training dives and easing the Tank Cave dive familiarisation schedule.

Tank Cave © Neil Vincent

 
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