Scubacaching

Safety tips and coordinates

Underwater geocaching is a great way to test out your navigation skills and add a little adventure to your diving. As you may have read in the Spring 2011 issue of Alert Diver, DAN has planted some caches in locations across the nation for you to find! Check out the first of our caches.

DAN divers will be posting new caches throughout the summer! Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to be among the first to know about the newest placements, post photos of your cache discoveries and tell us about your adventures!



The DAN Caches
"The Rawlings Cache"

GPS Coordinates: N 36° 56.984 W 077° 46.003

You must be a certified scuba diver to seek this cache located at Lake Rawlings Quarry in Rawlings, Va. Check in at the quarry. The cache is located at the Mystery Boat (#11 on the Lake Rawlings Dive Map).The site is not marked by a buoy so it is recommended to reference the map.

The cache is a plastic box with DAN stickers on it. When you find the cache, sign the log secured to the top of the inside of the box. Take one of the First to Find (FTF) prizes and leave another trinket for future cache seekers. After you have found this cache, post a photo on our Facebook page of you with the cache and tell us the story of your adventure!

"The Outlaw Cache"

GPS Coordinates:N 35° 47.592, W 080° 07.115

You must be a certified scuba diver to seek this cache. Located at Blue Stone Quarry in Thomasville, N.C., this cache was planted and named in honor of the quarry owner, Bob Outlaw. Once you've reached the initial coordinates, continue to the end of Blue Stone Road and park; check in at the quarry and take to the tram to the east side.

The best entry point to seek the cache is at the following coordinates: N 35° 47.682' W 080°06.970'. After you reach the entry point, follow the instructions below to guide you on your quest.

From the entry point, swim to the orange buoy. When you reach the buoy, descend to 32 feet of water and start looking. Here is a hint to help you on your quest: before it came to rest in Blue Stone's locker, the vessel in which the cache was hidden was fit for flight.

The cache is a plastic box with DAN tank stickers on it. When you find the cache, sign the log secured to the top of the inside of the box. Take one of the FTF prizes and leave another trinket for future cachers. After you have found this cache, post a photo on our Facebook page of you with the cache and tell us the story of your adventure!

Safe diving and happy hunting!

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Safety Tips
As you embark on your treasure hunting treks, keep in mind these safety tips:

  • Dive within your limits: no matter how appealing a cache may be, make sure you dive within your physical abilities and training. If you are not trained to dive in environments with overhead hazards, don't go into one. If you want to hunt for a cache that is beyond your training for depth, take a course, get certified and then hunt for the cache. Safety always comes first.

  • Don't forget to keep an eye on your depth and gas gauges. It's easy to get caught up in the thrill of the hunt.


  • Beware of entanglement hazards. The cache planter may have used lines to secure the cache, so take care to avoid entanglement.

  • Make sure your skills are fresh in your mind. If it has been a while since your last dive, take a refresher course before you embark on your hunt.

  • As with any dive activity, don't leave any waste behind. And follow the geocacher motto: leave the site better than you arrived. If you see trash, pick it up, and be careful not to disturb the local environment and marine life.

  • Plan your dive and dive your plan. Make sure to consider any special equipment you may need, such as a dive light for limited visibility, and of course, don't forget a pencil to sign the log and a trinket to trade that's appropriate for an underwater environment.

Safe diving and happy hunting!

Placing a Cache
Do you have a favorite scuba cache you'd like to add to our list? Are you interested in placing a DAN cache? Contact us.
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