Would you know how to decipher the water level readings for the Showcave?
In celebration of this year’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work ⛑️ we thought you would like to see some of the work that happens behind the scenes at Marble Arch Caves.
Sean Corrigan, Operations Officer at Marble Arch Caves, is providing training for his Duty Officers on the cave water monitoring recorders. The Marble Arch Caves is one of the most active river caves in Ireland and the UK. It is essential for the Duty Officers to know the levels of water in each of the three rivers, both before entering the cave and inside the cave, so recording devices are situated at strategic points above and below ground.
The water levels are displayed in the visitor centre, for example: Journeys End 0.32, Skreen Hill 0.95 and Junction Jetty 1.34 and, as part of their training, the duty officers are taught to know what these readings mean, i.e. if the water levels are rising or falling, and whether the cave is likely to be inaccessible. This is crucial for the safe running of guided cave tours and, when combined with the safety checks and inspections carried out daily, the duty officers can be confident that the health and safety of visitors to the caves is never compromised.
The staff are truly dedicated 😮 this skill is not learnt overnight; it takes a great deal of commitment and training.Back to news