Dial-in information for the Board of Directors Meeting

The next NSS-CDS Board of Directors meeting will be held electronically at 6:00 PM Eastern Time on Sunday, 30 November 2014. NSS-CDS members are invited to call in to the meeting and to participate.

This will be a test of a new conferencing system, so expect a few glitches and please be patient.  To connect to the meeting, on your phone or Skype app, at 6:00 PM Eastern Time on Sunday, 30 November 2014 call (605) 562-0020.  When you are prompted for a meeting ID, enter 823 965 540# The system may then ask you to announce yourself and then you'll be in the meeting as a participant.  During the meeting, the hosts may put the meeting into "Q&A Mode"  If they do, all participants except for the hosts will be muted, but you may request to talk by pressing *6 on your phone keypad.  Note that if you hit *6 on your phone when the meeting is not in Q&A mode, you will mute or unmute yourself.

Note that the meeting may be recorded for the purposes of generating accurate meeting minutes.

If you have trouble connecting you can send an email to webmaster@nsscds.org; I will respond as well as I can, but I suspect I'll be busy.

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Cavern and Cave Refresher In Water Workshops, Oct 14-17, 2014

On October 14, 15, 16 & 17 the training department will be conducting cave diver refresher classes at Ginnie Springs. These workshops are in water and can be conducted at any level participants are certified to.

Past refreshers have included: installing a primary line properly, installing jumps, gas sharing exits, primary light failures, lost buddy & line exercises, circuits, proper propulsion techniques and will be conducted in accordance with NSS-CDS training standards.

nsscds.org is on the move

You may have noticed the nsscds website has been intermittantly unavailable over the last few weeks.  Our webhosting company was not able to satisfactorily resolve the problems they have with their server, so we are in the process of switching to a new hosting company.  During the transition there will probably be broken links and other issues.  If you find a broken link or other problem, please send an email with a description of the problem to webmaster@nsscds.org and to nsscds.org@gmail.com.

Thank you for your patience.

An American Tragedy

An American Tragedy
Written By: Joe Citelli NSS-CDS Chairman

 

On Christmas Day 2013 a father and son lost their lives while embarking on an ill thought out, poorly planned diving expedition to Eagles Nest Cave in Hernando County Florida.  The 32 year old father and his 15 year old son ventured into what is considered an extremely advanced technical cave system and it claimed both their lives.  Or did it?

Departments: 

NSS-CDS Webinar on cavern and cave diver training

http://caves.org/webinars/Cave_Diver_Training.mp4

This webinar is about one hour long. The NSS-CDS training director presents a narrated Powerpoint presentation discussing the basics of cavern and cave diver training.

NSS-CDS Mentors/Guides

NSS-CDS Mentors/Guides

The NSS-CDS board of directors in conjunction with the NSS-CDS training committee is developing a list qualified cave divers who we feel are properly trained to act as guides and/or mentors for cave divers who want to dive with a guide or mentor.

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