Cave Diving, Cave Exploration and Cave Mapping in Yucatan, Mexico
Rebreather Diver at Chac Mool Cavern, Mexico

Cenote Chemuyil Sur

I am back in Mexico again!  Allie, Griffin and I came down for a wedding and some much needed relaxation.  Luckily, I have the best wife in the world and I am going to get to do some diving as well!

For the first dive of the trip, Mauro Bordignon and I decided to check out Cenote Chemuyil Sur.  This is a beautiful cenote to the south east of Xunaan Ha.  It is also the cenote that spurred Alessandro Reato and Mauro to join me in surveying the exploring the 5th longest cave system in the world (more on this later).  I was resurveying the downstream section of Xunaan Ha to join up with some dry cave survey Jim Coke was doing.  When I reached the end of my lines, we determined that Chemuyil Sur was only 1000ft away and after discussing it with Alessandro, he decided to start trying to connect the two.  After a couple of months of work, Mauro and Alessandro connected the two systems!  This connection ended up being fairly significant because it is one of the few known connections that traverse the Plasticine Ridge.  Mauro and I wanted to visit the connection.

Mauro and I met at his place, got our kit together and headed to the cenote.  The dive started out uneventful.  The cave is manageable in side-mount.  However, as we progressed I started to get an uneasy feeling.  I was anticipating a restriction that we would soon reach and was feeling fearful.  Well, by the time we reached the restriction I wasn’t feeling super comfortable.  I wiggled into the chimney and determined I could most likely pass it.  However, I just didn’t want to do it today.  I stayed in the restriction for 3-5 minutes just meditating and trying to get to a “mind like water” place.  I was unable to get there, so I backed out.  I let Mauro pass the restriction and then he returned.

Mauro and I used the remaining gas to check a bunch of jumps and just have some fun.  The return trip for this dive was in reduced visibility or no visibility because of percolation and halocline mixing.

I am glad to be back in Mexico doing some cave diving.  A couple of things have changed since I left.

  1. I have decided to add a z-knife on my right shoulder where both hands can reach it.  Previously, I wore one just on my wrist and in my pocket.  I am now carrying three.  This change was the result of watching Patrick and Mauro dive and setup their kit.
  2. My level of confidence is way down from when I left.  And my skills/reflexes are off as well.  I am definitely a tourist again.  I am kind of bummed about this change, but to recognize it and obey it is satisfying.  Mauro, Alessandro and Patrick are all one percent-ers and I am glad they take the time to dive with me.  The work they are doing here is amazing and I am glad to call them my friends.

Beyond that, I am having fun diving again.  When I left Mexico, diving had lost some of the ‘fun’ factor for me.  Diving in NJ was a lot more work and I was overwhelmed by the rest of my life.  Now that Griffin is 6 months old and we seem to have things under control a little, diving has returned to being fun.  I am looking forward to a summer of diving in NJ!

4 comments

1 Scott Dillan { 06.04.10 at 10:56 am }

Nice entry! Congrats to your buddies for finding the connection. I am sure you will gain back your confidence with time.

How long is the connection/chimmeny?

2 Hans Kaspersetz { 06.04.10 at 11:16 am }

Hmmm…… not sure I feel comfortable answering that question. I think it would be best if you swam it. After your dive I am more than happy to discuss offline. It is a fairly challenging piece of sidemount cave. Be prepared for limited or no visibility.

Hans

3 Alan { 06.17.10 at 8:31 am }

Another stunningly well written and intelligent article. It really is a pity you don’t dive here so often now as I’ve become something of a quietdiver addict!

Saludos,
Alan

4 Hans Kaspersetz { 06.17.10 at 9:05 am }

Alan, Glad to know you enjoyed the article and the blog. Writing about diving gives me great joy and provides me a place to work through the issues that arise as I make my journey.

Diving is by far one of the most satisfying activities in my life! The lifestyle, the preparation, the friends and the adventure come together to pay dividends far greater than the investment.

It gives me a deep sense of satisfaction that others derive enjoyment as well. Keep reading and keep diving!

If you have a story or an incident you learned something from, send it to me and I will be more then happy to review it for publication.

See you soon! Hans