GeoCaching

GeoCaching is an outdoor activity in which participants use a GPS and/or navigation techniques to hide and seek containers, called geocaches.  This activity is traditionally done on land, but the Channel Islands Scuba Dive Team is taking this activity underwater.  We will be planting geocaches at some of our favorite dive spots, and posting them on our site as well as at GeoCaching.com.  For up to date information on our geocahces, and to talk with other members about them, head over to our dedicated GeoCaching Forum.

Each our our geocache locations will be mapped out, with GPS coordinates, as well as useful information such as compass headings to fixed landmarks, approximate depths, etc.  This will enable you to look for, and hopefully find, our geocaches with the equipment you already have on hand.  Extremely useful equipment for this activity would include a compass, surface float / marker, dive flag, dry box, slate (all available at Channel Islands Scuba) as well as a GPS.

With the use of the maps that we generate on each, a scuba diving team (always dive with a buddy!) can get into an approximate location using compass headings and landmarks, position their float, take their GPS out of their drybox, resposition for increased accuracy, then drop down and explore the area to find the cache.  It is traditional to fill out the logbook included in the cache, as well as to bring a “treasure” along to exchange with the contents inside the geocache.

Our geocaches are our own design, and fairly simple to open and keep intact.  Here’s what the basic design looks like:

the geocache fully assembled...

To open, follow these simple steps.  First, unwrap the wire from the threaded end of the eye-bolt, leaving it attached to the eye itself…

unwrap the wire from the threaded end only...

Remove the eye-bolt…

slide the eye bolt out of the end cap...

Then remove the cap…

remove the end cap to access the contents...

It is that simple.  Once you have filled out the log book, reassemble by reversing these steps.  We hope that you enjoy exploring our favorite spots, and find this a great complement to your scuba diving activities…