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THE MINNEX CAVE OF IPOH, MALAYSIA

THE PIONEER IPOH CAVERNS & CAVES DIVING TEAM

Minnex Cave The first all Malaysian team of 7 participants in the pioneer Ipoh Caverns & Caves Diving Expedition are all winners of the Brut Dive Challenge Competiton.

Consisting of 2 ladies and 5 men they will go through a 6 days expedition which they will be trained as a cavern diver and an underwater explorer led by Michael Lim.

After a 2 days program they will assist in the surveying and documenting of caverns and cave systems in these unexplored limestone country.

The cavern diver program will cover the basic understanding of caverns and cave systems, use of reels, line following, black out drills and more.

The Underwater Explorer Course Part 1 topics includes basic line signal drills, U/W Communications, use of full face & half mask, surface support procedures, dive support procedures, U/W surveying techniques.


WHO'S WHO IN THE PIONEER EXPEDITION
 
  Expedition Leader / Instructor
MICHAEL LIM

Second Leader / Instructor
DAVY KOH

Advisor / Guide
DR LOO VOON SAN
MR PHILIP LEONG
 
 
 

 

  Assisting Crew
TONY WANG
RALPH PANNELL


Venturers

LOO KEAN LEONG
CASSENDRA DRAGO
JAMIE LIM

RICKY WEE
TONY KHOO YEE LEK
MOHD KHEDIHUDIN
SHAHROM SIDEK
MAY MAY
 

Supporting Companies
SEAVENTURES DIVE CENTRE
TDI ASIA PTE LTD
UNILEVER SINGAPORE



EXPEDITION OBJECTIVES

Surveying

Part 1
Joining cave of 2 wangs
Minnex 1 & Minnex 2
Distance measurement
Sketches of systems

Part 2
Measurement of Chapel to Cathedral Chamber.
Underwater Passage Survey
Lifeform assessment

Documentation

General
Training footage
Project Operations
Minnex topography
Minnex U/W footage
Cave Divers in action
Surface support in action
Trekking to the CC
Chapel & Cathedral Topography
Chamber footage
U/W passage footage
Team in action
Flora & Fauna

Equipment

Sony Hi 8 Video Cameras x 2
Amphibico Housing & Lighting
Ikelite Housing
Diverite lighting
Nikonos V Camera & Strobe

The expedition was a great success, we met all our objectives and even managed
to create enough attention for the press to cover a story on the importance of protecting the natural landscape of Ipoh then to give in to the quarrying trade that
is demolishing the hills at an alarming rate.

I am glad to play our small part in voicing for our environment. I have visited many other cave systems in Ipoh after this project and discover many hidden places and secrets in this area. Now I do at least one 4 days and 3 nights Caving Expedition to Ipoh annually.

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