Originally Posted by lhowemt
I imagine most cave divers are pretty good, level headed, and take the risks seriously. Just like boaters.
It depends on how you define "cave diver". Any asshole that goes into a cave while diving is cave diving, but I wouldn't call them cave divers. Roughly 1/3 of the people who have died while cave diving didn't even have a single light; they were generally diving in a spring and decided to just go a few feet into the cave, where they typically get disoriented and lost after stirring up silt. Those who are real cave divers generally get a good deal of training, and most follow the accepted rules rigidly. Cave diving is definitely a sport where being a bit anal is a very good thing.
Obviously cave diving, along with plenty of other "extreme sports", is more risky than mainstream sports, but not nearly as risky as most people probably think.