I never took a youth group, school or Scout, caving without a pre-trip talk.
Cave environment - Wet / Dry
Wildlife - Snakes - Bears - Bats - Crawfish - salamanders etc...
Formations - Don't touch or I'll kill you.
Rescue will be hours, not minutes away.
Physical aspects - How to move about - walk - crawl - belly crawling - To illustrate: I point to a typical folding chair and tell them we will encounter crawls no bigger than that chair. That usually weeds out the claustrophobic.
Clothing - wear the stuff you wouldn't give to charity. Bring an extra shirt in vacuum packed Zip Lock.
Shoes - canvas and plastic not allowed
Lights helmet plus two.
First Aid supplies in zip lock or closed container
Canteen with WATER! You can't wash mud from an eye with Kool-Aide.
Camera in a zip lock
If you want a further breakdown of my topics, please e-mail me.
Author: Venture Caving and Licking the Ceiling