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The Ozark Cave Diving Alliance is pleased to announce the newest addition to the team, Laura Battle! Laura started cave diving in 2013 and completed over two hundred cave dives in Mexico and Florida over the summers of 2013 and 2014. She interned at The Dive Outpost, a technical dive shop in Florida, is a member of the University of Texas Grotto, exploratory projects at Jacob’s Well (TX), and sump diving activities at Honey Creek Cave, the longest known cave in Texas.
We look forward to working with her on our exploratory projects!
The 11th annual National Speleological Society Cave Diving Section (NSS-CDS) will be holding the 11th annual workshop on October 3rd, 2015. This meetings features all sorts of cave diving enthusiasts, including Artists, Teachers, Conservationists, and Cave Explorers. Chris Hill, a veteran cave diver and board member of the OCDA, will be speaking at this event to inform the community of the team’s recent exploratory efforts at sites like Roubidoux Springs, Lewis Cave, and more.
Please stop by! The cost for non-CDS members is $40.00… there will also be a social the night before. Register here –>
On August 1, 2015, the OCDA partook in an ongoing exploration project in Lewis Cave of Ripley County, Missouri. The cave, one of the top 35 most biodiverse in Missouri, has a history of use by humans, but could only be accessed up to where the passage becomes fully submerged with water. Members Dirk Bennett and Ben Perkins led an exploration effort to cover over 4,000 feet in the cave–observing a part of the world that had never been seen by man before.
**See the full story covered by Wes Johnson of the Springfield News-Leader, here.
An impressive waterfall observed 4,000 feet back in the cave. Photo Credit: Dirk Bennett
We are proud to reveal the new OCDA website to the public! This new layout will allow more interaction between visitors and members, as well as enable members to post updates as we go out to sites. Stay tuned!
The OCDA would like to congratulate Jim Marshall for becoming the newest member of our team!
What do you do when rain spoils cave diving? Chris Hill, member of the OCDA, writes about the perks of mine diving in his article “Midwest Mine Diving” published in Underwater Speleology: Journal of the Cave Diving Section of the National Speleological Society Vol. 39 Number 2.