The British Caving Association Local Cave Leader Award Level 1 is the industry standard for leading groups in caves.

The first step to gaining this award is to become a proficient and experienced caver. There is no better place in the world to do this. The Mendip Hills conceals the largest underground cave network in the UK and is the birth place of cave diving. You will explore some beginner caves and our experienced team will guide you through more adventurous systems and underground sumps on the Mendip Hills, South Wales and the Peak District.


Once you have the required personal experience you will complete the British Caving Association Local Cave Leader Award training. This will further improve your personal skills and teach you to confidently manage groups within a cave.


Once qualified you can lead groups in specific caves, but it is a simple authorisation process to add additional caves to your award once you are familiar with them – making this qualification useful in many areas in the UK.