New Members in 2015

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!  11-18-2015

The Ozark Cave Diving Alliance would like to announce a new addition to the team, Joseph McCord. Welcome aboard, sir.  11-19-2105

The Ozark Cave Diving Alliance would like to announce the newest addition to the team, Tucker Palmatier. Welcome aboard!  12-28-2105

OCDA Exploration Project in Lewis Cave

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 initial 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.

UPDATE: the second trip into the system on August 28, 2015 is covered here.

Lewis Cave

An impressive waterfall observed 4,000 feet back in the cave. Photo Credit: Dirk Bennett

New Website

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!