activities > peak district caving courses > Beginner Caving Course
£149.00 per person

Location: Adventure Hub · Peak District

Duration: 2 Days

Ratio: 1:6

Prices include:

  • All technical equipment Helmet, Head torch and Over suit 
  • Free Parking 
  • Complimentary Refreshments
  • 10% discount on equipment in our shop

Highlights
  • A place where the walls are made entirely of fossils, entwined with veins of minerals 
  • Full on caving adventure in beautiful Derbyshire 
  • On all ascents and descents, you will have with a safety line attached
Summary
An adventurous 2 day course covering both horizontal and vertical guided caving. Take a step into the dark, secret and mysterious world of horizontal caves and ancient mines. Our Peak District based beginner caving course is aimed at those who have not been caving before as we venture in and out of a couple of cave systems on this day to get a feel for the mysterious underground world! 

Day 1: Horizontal Caving 

An ideal introduction for people wishing their first steps underground to be fun carefully organised, informative and conducted by highly experienced nationally qualified instructors. Learn about the cave, its geology and the 300 million years it took to create it. Pick up tips on how to move underground efficiently, maybe try your hand at wet sections, muddy bits or squeezes and we promise you won’t get stuck. You can see underground rivers and waterfalls, fascinating pieces of geology, cave decorations or historical sites of past of times and ancient techniques. 

Day 2: Vertical Caving 

 Vertical Caving delivers adventure caving combined with the exhilaration of underground abseils and ladder climbing! Explore deeper cave and mine systems, using our specialist ladder and safety line techniques. 
 Descend into the cave using abseils and traverses along high ledges, then after exploring the heart of the cave, return to the surface, climbing our roll up caving ladders. On all ascents and descents, you will have with a safety line attached to you, helping you up and keeping you safe. With a motivated team you can reach the deepest parts of Derbyshire. A day you will remember forever. 

Please note that this is not a typical 'come and try it’' guided day, but a full-adventure. You will get wet, it will be dark and you do need to have a good level of fitness.
Course Outcomes
  • Explore horizontal and vertical cave/mine systems
  • Learn essential skills to plan a safe and enjoyable caving trip
  • An introduction to horizontal caving and cave science
  • Learn about personal caving equipment and how to use it correctly
  • Understand caving guidebooks, surveys and grading systems
  • Develop safe and efficient movement and navigation skills
  • Gain an understanding and appreciation of the underground environment.
Course Information
We provide the over-suit, boots, knee pads, harness, helmet and head torch.... you bring the rest! 

Please bring some spare change as some of the caves we use require a trespass fee of approximately £3 per person which is not included in the price. Bring a change of clothes and a towel in case you get soaked! As you can probably imagine Caves and Mines can be hostile environments, with an average temperature of 10 degrees celsius all year and often wet. To protect ourselves from this and help us enjoy the experience underground each person will need to provide themselves with the following minimal personal clothing, to be worn underneath the specialist caving equipment:

One or two fleece tops 
Fleece (non cotton/active type) trousers (synthetic track suit bottoms with thermals will suffice) 
Thermal undergarments 
Thick warm socks 
Warm hat. 

 Please do not wear cotton tops or bottoms (inc jeans) as the material stays cold and heavy when wet. Don't forget you'll also need a change of clothes and possibly a towel after the session. Remember dress warm. 

 All safety equipment required for the trip and general technical gear.
A good level of fitness as you will have a strenuous couple of days underground
FAQs
Start time: 09:30 - Finish time: 16:30. Please note, these times are approximate and could be subject to minor changes. Please leave plenty of time when booking public transport.
Almost all courses begin and end at our base, The Adventure Hub, where you will have access to complimentary tea and coffee. 

We do not provide food as part of our courses and you will need to bring a packed lunch along for each day. There is a cafe on-site that can provide you with sandwiches, cakes and drinks. If you pre-book a lunch with them they will deliver it fresh to our offices first thing each morning. Taste Buds cafe can be reached directly on 01433 208008.
Bookings can be made online or over the phone. All of our courses can be booked in 3 ways:

a) Attend a scheduled course. 
These are open to the public to anyone that meets the pre-requisites. We often advertise many dates for each course, we generally always list 12 months of available dates. This is the most popular and often works out the most cost-effective way of attending our courses.

b) Add a date to our schedule. 
On some courses, we can add extra dates to our schedule, providing you are booking for a certain minimum number of participants, this could be as low as only 2 people. To give us plenty of time to assign staff to your course, you can only add a date to the schedule if it is more than 7 days in advance.

c) Make a private booking.
All of our courses can be booked privately, with a private instructor just for you or your group. This gives you the flexibility to book any date that suits you and also it means the instructor can fine-tune the course content to suit your aspirations. To make a private booking, you just need to fill our a booking request, we will then get back to you with availability and a price. 

d) Book our premium 'Private Booking Plus+' service.
All the benefits of the private booking service, with lots of additional extras including meet & greet at your hotel, luxury picnic hamper including Champagne, digital photo pack, flexible booking arrangements and a pre-activity consultancy to allow your first-class instructor extra time to design your special day. To make a private booking plus+ booking, you just need to fill our a booking request, we will then get back to you with availability and a price. 
Yes of course, you are welcome to leave anything (luggage) at the training centre during your course with us.
It is essential that you let us know about any medical condition or injury when booking and that you also let your instructor know on the starting day of your course. This information will remain completely confidential but is essential to allow us to tailor our activities to suit you and to ensure the safety of other group members.
Anyone aged 13 or over can attend any of our scheduled courses, either with or without an accompanying adult.
We do hold an AALA license and are able to take out younger children, however we only offer this on a private guided basis. See our private guiding rates, as this can work out very competitive, especially when booking as a family.
There is no maximum age, if you feel young enough to attend then you are very welcome!
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Our instructors can be booked privately to deliver this course. Benefit from private tuition, pick a date that suits you and your instructor can design the day to suit your needs. You can hire one of our instructors from just £199 per day. Click here to book a private course.