Monday, 20 March 2017

Provisional Members do their thing

In recent weeks we have had many enquiries from people who would either like to try caving for the first time, or established cavers who would like to join SWCC. As ever, we are keen to introduce people to caving and the club and show them around the spectacular underground world that we as a club all love to explore. This is a sport that is open to all ages and abilities.

The past 6 weeks have seen us introduce 5 new club members to caving on a variety of different trips within the Ogof Ffynnon Ddu system. It is incredibly satisfying to show people around, see how they react to the cave and then watch them progress from beginners to becoming experienced cavers in their own right. The smiles say it all. Once the caving bug bites, it stays with you! 

If you would like to come and join us then please do get in touch. We are a friendly bunch and always welcome new people who are interested in discovering what caving and SWCC can offer them.

Our next organised Provisional Members'/ beginners weekends are: 3-4 June and 4-5 November. Email Claire to join in:    We can also arrange trips outside of those dates, so if you are interested in caving, just get in contact. 

Paul, Adrian and Steve introduce Dave to SWCC and OFD

Jenny and Jamie enjoying their first visit to OFD1

Jamie in a bedding plane

Jenny traversing high above the streamway
Getting up close and personal with a stalagmite

A few weeks later we were also joined by Glenys, Tom and Ian who were introduced to Top Entrance (OFD2) and some very pretty formations.

Ian, Tom and Glenys raring to go.

Tom at the Wedding Cake

Ian sampling a crawl

Tom in Swamp Creek

Glenys having fun learning to traverse

All of our new members then joined a number of our local members at a curry night. There were 20 cavers at the meal, so they all had plenty of chances to meet people and make more caving plans.