Video: Students Debate if Caving is a Sport

As part of the BYU-Idaho’s broadcast journalism program, Scroll TV News, students argue whether caving can be classified as a sport.

In the end they decide that because it requires some skill and provides physical activity, it is at least as much of a sport as hunting and fishing is.

What do you think?

[via YouTube]

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  1. Richard Blenz
    July 2, 2015 at 9:03 am

    I am the NSS Cave Files Archivist who has been caving since 1948.
    Caving is not a sport. A sport is an activity that entails competition and no one should go caving with an idea to compete with anyone. Because of the special environment that caving presents, a competitive attitude can easily lead to accident and in some cases death. The only acceptable attitude in caving is one of cooperation with your fellow cavers so as to prevent trouble. A proper caving attitude in normal life would solve many of mankind’s problems.
    ‘nuf said

    • Caving News
      July 2, 2015 at 11:16 am

      A most excellent point. Thanks Richard.

  2. Monique
    July 2, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    while the above is true, regarding teams and competition, some of the other definitions of ‘sport’ are (from
    “1. an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess […]
    2. a particular form of this, especially in the out of doors.
    3. diversion; recreation; pleasant pastime,” most assuredly do apply to caving. I’d argue that caving is a ‘true’ sport, where people help each other toward a common goal.

  3. July 4, 2015 at 7:42 am

    In my opinion caving is definitely not a sport. Sports require competition. Whether its person vs person, or team vs team. Chess is more of a “sport” than caving is. But most importantly, any sport has to have a winner and a loser. And isn’t everyone a winner when it comes to caving?

  4. July 8, 2015 at 1:57 am

    Sure Caving can be described as a sport in the meaning of being a physical activity that requires skills and techniques. However I think caving is much more then sport alone. Caving is a “perfect” balance of sport, science in a lot of area’s (geology, hydrology, biology, archeology, cartography,…), exploration, friendship,… Imho caving is “a way of living” and once you follow that path there is no way back 🙂


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