Rhys - thanks for thank. Perhap's he'll know Denis Noble, someone who now Scouts in Shropshire who I know well.He does indeed. So do I.
How difficult a sport is it to learn would people say? What sort of equipment is required? If (or more hopefully, when) I was to get my Permit and take a group of Scouts down a cave, would I need to purchase equipment or can you hire it?
I really want to get into caving because while I love hill walking, my fear of heights makes me uneasy about taking out a permit to take kids into the hills. Canoeing's fun, but getting the kit costs a lot of money and a lot of groups offer it anyway. Caving seems like the sort of thing I could get a permit in (funnily enough my fear of heights kind of disappears underground because it's not so exposed, and I have no problems with claustrophobia at all) and it's something new and different.