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The BRITISH CAVING ASSOCIATION is recognised by the UK Sports Council as the National Governing Body for caving in Great Britain. It is a federation of Regional Caving Councils, National Bodies with specialist interests, Caving Clubs and Individual Members. www.british-caving.org.uk

The REGIONAL CAVING COUNCILS cover a number of looselydefined regions which together cover the whole of Great Britain; each includes at least one major and some minor caving areas. They are the bodies which look after the practical aspects of access and conservation locally. Caving Clubs are linked to the regional council covering their area(s) of interest through their membership of BCA. Some of the regional councils and specialist organisations have both individual and group membership. There is no Scottish Council of Caving, but some Scottish caving clubs are members of the Council of Northern Caving Clubs. The Speleological Union of Ireland is not part of BCA.


ASSOCIATION OF CAVING INSTRUCTORSRepresents the interests of those cavers who are BCA Cave Instructors Certificate holders.  www.caveinstructor.org.uk 

BRITISH CAVE RESCUE COUNCILProviding liaison between the independent Cave Rescue Organisations, the Home Office, the Police and the Mountain Rescue Council.  Each CRO is responsible for its own area, drawing rescue teams from locally active volunteer cavers. www.caverescue.org.uk 

BRITISH CAVE RESEARCH ASSOCIATIONThe charitable arm of BCA, encouraging and publicising all aspects of research in caves and karst areas, caving equipment and technology. www.bcra.org.uk 

CAVE DIVING GROUPRepresenting the interests of Cave Divers, providing the necessary specialist training and setting safety standards for cave diving proficiency.  www.cavedivinggroup.org.uk 

COUNCIL OF HIGHER EDUCATION CAVING CLUBSLooking after the interests of clubs associated with universities and other institutions of higher education. www.checc.org

Representing mining history societies and mining museums concerned with exploration, research and preservation of abandoned mines in the UK. www.namho.org 

WILLIAM PENGELLY CAVE STUDIES TRUSTThe only body concerned with scientific cave study whose role is primarily devoted to education and conservation rather than research. www.pengellytrust.org.uk 

Current addresses for the Secretaries of all these organisations are available from: 

BRITISH CAVING ASSOCIATION,The Old Methodist Chapel, Great Hucklow, Buxton,Derbyshire. SK17 8RG

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