Posted by tleemay on September 12, 2004 at 12:14:27:
In Reply to: cave diving in cali? posted by bfremgen on September 11, 2004 at 18:05:51:
If you are looking for an experience like FRA, FLA or MX, you will not find it here.
Santa Rosa Island has more caverns than anything
of serious cave lengths like N FLA or the
Yucatan has. There is a book out that doccuments
these "caves" called, I think, "The Caves of
Santa Cruz Island". Since Santa Cruz Island has
a high limestone content, caves are a natural
There are also a couple of small caves on
Catalina and Anacapa, but their locations are
not generally public knowlege beyond those who
found and dive them regularly. MLAS.
There is also mine diving in the desert. However,
very experienced and highly trained divers have
been killed diving these abandoned sites.
Unstable terrain, loose timbers and cables, high
silt conditions and poisonous gases inside the
mine air spaces make these dives very dangerous.
One of the most recent mine diving deaths claimed
a highly regarded Air Force rescue diver who
died after breathing bad air inside an air space
a couple hundred feet in.
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