Photo by John Schnobrich


caveDB is all about sharing and making it easier for people to find the sites they are interested in. It is intended to support explorers of all kinds and to give a platform where you can crowd source field research with the aim of finding interesting sites.

How you can help

In many cases just visiting sites and identifying they exist and documenting what you can is incredibly helpful but always within your training and experience.

  • Submit photos and videos
  • Submit cave survey to help others who may come after you.
  • Add new sites to the database
  • Submit updates to existing site details

Getting started

To start contributing you first need to create an account. To do this press the button at the top left of the screen, scroll down Cloud settings and click Sign up. Enter your email address and password and click Sign up. An email will be sent to the email address you used with a verification code in it that you need to enter to confirm your email address. Note that your email address is only used for signing in and is not visible to other users.

Sign up verification dialog

When you have done this head to User settings and set the name other users will see when viewing contributions. This does not have to be your real name and early users have used a convention of two capital letters (i.e. AG) but you can put here whatever you are comfortable with but please avoid names that could cause offense to other users. To get more details on the other settings take a look at the docs.

Creating a place

Contribute a new place to the database. This can also be open by long clicking on the map where you want to create the place.

go to location dialog

Selected location Use the location of the long click on the map
My location Add a place at your current GPS location
Map center Add a place at the current map center location
Coordinates Add a place at a specific set of geo coordinates in decimal degrees, degrees/minutes/seconds and text formats
Supported text formats

Adding photos and videos

Safety first

Caving and especially cave diving are dangerous. If you do not have sufficient experience and training you may end up dead very quickly. Obtain the appropriate training and build up experience for any site you aim to explore.

Cave diving training

Requirements vary around the world and some countries require you have local qualifying dives or qualifications before being able to access sites on top of existing qualifications.

Some of possible training agencies are listed below.

  • TDI certifications are accepted widely around the world.
  • GUE certifications are accepted widely around the world.
  • Raid certifications are accepted widely around the world.
  • CDG for cave diving in the UK.
  • CDAA for cave diving in Australia.

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