Perceptions and Prevalence of Caving-Skills Training in the United States and the United Kingdom

Aaron Bird, Melissa Sawa, Mike Wiles
2014 Journal of caves and karst studies  
Results are presented of a study of perceptions of caving-skills training. Information in the current study was obtained from questionnaires submitted between May 2011 and February 2012 by recreational cavers, researchers, and others who visit caves for enjoyment, exploration, research, or work. Respondents overwhelmingly support a connection between training and safety during cave visits. In the United States, there is an even split in numbers of people who report having had formal and
more » ... formal and informal caving-skills training. In the United Kingdom, more respondents report having had informal training than formal. In both the US and UK, experience level is high among respondents, but is not a statistically significant predictor for training type, although large majorities agree training is valuable. Outcomes from this research are used as a basis for discussion of the efficacy of caving-skills training programs in the United States and for discussion of caving-skills training already present in other countries where caving is prevalent, represented here by the United Kingdom. A.J. Bird, M. Sawa, and M. Wiles -Perceptions and prevalence of caving-skills training in the United States and the United Kingdom.
doi:10.4311/2012ss0274 fatcat:tpmfl4svqjaijakimtvmx442ci