Dry Caves & Vertical Rope Technique


Unlike cave divers, the majority of dry cavers do not learn the needed skills by taking a formal class. The majority of dry cavers learn when a buddy or a group takes them on their first cave outing.

Before the trip new cavers are generally given guidance and information on some of the following: what can be expected in the cave, how to dress, and what supplies to bring. Many veteran cavers or caving groups (or grottos) often loan gear such as helmets, lights, and a climbing system (for caves with vertical drops) to those going on their first cave outing.

Once at the site the trip leader often gives a briefing that includes: the best way to enter the cave, safety and conservation considerations, what one can expect to see on the journey, and how to reference the way back to the entrance. An emergency plan may also be discussed, and a new caver’s pack may be modified. After entering the cave, veteran cavers usually demonstrate the best way to maneuver. They may point out the best hand and foot holds and explain the easiest or most efficient way to get from one section of cave to another. Most cavers have lots of “war stories” to tell and will happily give advice to those interested in caving.

If vertical skill is required, frequently training will take place outside of the cave. Caving grottos often sponsor vertical workshops, but individuals also conduct seminars, and some companies or instructors offer formal/paid instruction or classes. The setting may differ: ropes may be rigged in trees, on cliffs, in climbing gyms, etc. Depending on the course, the focus may be on the use of proper/suitable gear and how to ascend and descend using it, as well as effective rigging. How detailed the information is depends on the type and length of class, instructor, and (often) the type of caves found in the region.

The training program in Dry Caving that I offer covers the next topics:

a) Equipment for Dry Caving

b) Cave Hazards

c) Progression Techniques (Vertical and Horizontal)

d) Caving Protocols and Procedures

e) Equipment for Vertical Rope Techniques

f) Knots and Rigging

g) Emergency Procedures

h) Self Rescue

i) Conservation

j) Land Owner Relation

k) The Cave Environment

l) Basic Principles of Topography

m) Vertical Ascends (frog system) and Vertical Descends (Rack) simple and complex scenarios.

To take this program the student must be at least 21 years old, have fitness, a great attitude.

The all course is conducted in vertical towers and dry caves for practical experience and requires:

a) Number of Days: 5 Days (6 hours daily)

b) Number of Hours: 30 Hours minimum (Academic and practical)

c) Two Cave Trips exploring and Mapping (One in Akumal and one In Cozumel)

d) Vertical Rope Techniques in Towers or Buildings (Practice).

After all the requirements are cover, the student can obtain a national recognition by the National Commission of Underwater Caves and Dry Caves of Mexico (CNBS/FMAS).

Cost: 1 Person 500 usd 2 Persons 400 usd 3 Persons 300 usd 4 persons 200 usd

I am an active cave explorer and member of the National Speleological Society (NSS) for detail information concerning this training you can call me or send me an e mail. I will be happy to assist you and clear all your doubts and questions.




I offer guided cave tours to different dry caves on the Yucatan Peninsula, form commercial dry caves to unexplored dry caves. I can organize this trip according your level of experience and fitness.

But if you are interesting just to visit a commercial cave is also worth it! You must try this unique experience!

The Dry Caves in this region are full of speleothemes and sometimes water between chambers; you must walk, swim and relax in the quite world of caves.

It’s a very safe trip and you must bring only your old clothes, a camera and lots of energy and good attitude. You will love this trip!

This is for all the family and for outdoor adventurers.