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. Tell me more!!
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.
- You’ll use your GPS to bring you to the appropriate body of water, lake or quarry, and then follow a single or multiple headings using a compass while at the surface or underwater, OR
- You’ll use your GPS while on board a boat to get you over the top of a likely dive site, OR
- You’ll take your GPS out on a dive float with you and get a good reading over the top of the dive cache location.
What should I include when I log my discovery on geocaching.com?
Good things to include in your log may be the elements of the dive; the visibility; exciting discoveries on your way to the cache; marine life you encountered; any helpful suggestions and tips for the next DiveCacher. Pretty much anything that happened during your dive, share it in your log! Show me some good log examples!!
- The first step in hiding a DiveCache is to research the location. It is common to hide caches in places that have some personal importance to you. That’s part of the fun of sharing this experience! Tell me more!!
- Be sure your DiveCache meets the listing requirements of geocaching.com.
- Accurately record the coordinates of your DiveCache. Tell me more!!
- Consider the environment and hide your DiveCache with care. Tell me more!!
- Use an environmentally friendly container that will hold up for a while. Tell me more!!
- Include a log in the DiveCache. Tell me more!!
- Secure the DiveCache appropriate so as not to damage the environment and to prevent movement and loss. Tell me more!!
- Include a few pieces of SWAG in the DiveCache and be sure to include in the online description if DiveCachers should bring a piece of SWAG with them. What is SWAG?
- Verify your DiveCache coordinates once you have hidden the cache. How do I do that?
- Post your DiveCache online at geocaching.com! Tell me more!!
- If you hide a DiveCache, remember that you are responsible for its maintenance. How do I maintain my DiveCache?
- Brag about it on Facebook.com/DiveCaching! Let others know there is a new DiveCache to be found!
Is DiveCaching good for the environment?
It sure is! In fact, DiveCachers are encouraged to give back to the outdoors and leave the area a little cleaner than how they found it. Clean-up initiatives have been adopted by DiveCachers and geocachers to encourage outdoor civic responsibility. Like beach cleanups and other diving environmental awareness activities, this one helps keep our dive areas clean. Carry trash out and even consider taking a mesh dive bag to gather trash off the bottom of the lake or quarry. It sets a great example for others and helps maintain our dives sites for future enjoyment!
Clean-up Initiative Events are held for the specific purpose of getting DiveCachers and geocachers together to clean up an area. Events can be held in conjunction with local park departments or community organizations.
I am ready to get started!!! Anything else I should keep in mind?
Some Important Points to Remember:
- Consider the possible impact of your DiveCache on the environment. Do no harm!
- When posting a DiveCache you have hidden on geocaching.com, make you’re your description clearly identifies your container as a DiveCache or geocache. Doing so can help avoid having the cache mistakenly removed.
- Do not place DiveCaches on historical or archaeological sites.
- Do not include inappropriate items in the DiveCache.
- Do not place the DiveCache in a location that could compromise safety.
- Do not hide DiveCaches while you are on vacation. Someone needs to be able to maintain the cache and as owner you need to be available to maintain it on an ongoing basis.
- Do not place DiveCaches that solicit customers or which could be perceived as being posted for religious, political, or social agendas. DiveCaching is supposed to be a fun activity, not a platform for an “agenda.”
- Avoiding damage to delicate aquatic life or habitat. When hiding a DiveCache or when looking for one, be certain not to disturb delicate aquatic environments, plants or animal life. We want to have fun, but we want others to see and understand the beauty that we see every time we dive too. Save it for others!
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