Forum – Cave Diving

Caving has become one of the popular recreation and tourism in Malaysia either exploring wild cave or show cave. For wild cave exploration, awareness such as ethics, proper technique and equipment needed to maintain a sustainable karst systems for the future generations.

At this forum, visitors will get to hear a stories on cave exploration in Malaysia from all the experts.

2024 Moderator

Debby Wijayakusuma

Cave Diver

A trained cave diver since 2018. Have been cave diving mostly in Indonesia.

2024 Panelist

Dr. Azhar Hussin

Geologist

A geologist by training, specialising in Carbonate sedimentology. A cave explorer on land, both subaerial and subaquoes as well as sub sea. Have explored in Greece, in various parts of Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak and Sabah, Indonesia, Thailand and Philippines.

Ivan Foong

SCUBA Instructor, Technical Cave Diver

An underwater videographer unraveling the mysteries of cave systems in the UK, Mexico, and Southeast Asia. Raised amidst the majestic Rockies, she began exploring the world from a tender age. With a fervent desire to educate and awe, she can speak to unparalleled experiences. Surprisingly, despite her American roots, she finds renown in Korean diving circles, having largely steered clear of US waters. Ask her to delve into the realms of cave diving, training, and exploration, as she delights in igniting curiosity and adventure in her audience.

Jessykah Bird

Underwater Videographer

An underwater videographer unraveling the mysteries of cave systems in the UK, Mexico, and Southeast Asia. Raised amidst the majestic Rockies, she began exploring the world from a tender age. With a fervent desire to educate and awe, she can speak to unparalleled experiences. Surprisingly, despite her American roots, she finds renown in Korean diving circles, having largely steered clear of US waters. Ask her to delve into the realms of cave diving, training, and exploration, as she delights in igniting curiosity and adventure in her audience.

2023 – CAVE DIVING FORUM

2023 Moderator

Shiraz Mikael Khan

An outdoor person & passionate diver in both fresh and saltwater environment. Been diving since 1995 and a PADI instructor since 2014 as well as a caving member of MCDA. Have dived throughout the Malaysian peninsular on both the east and west coast as well as Sabah and remote places in Indonesia.

2023 Panelist

Dr Ros Fatihah Mohammad

I’m a Senior Lecturer in Department of Geology, University Malaya, the President of Malaysian Cave, Malaysian delegate to International Union of Speleology and Karst Conservancy and Chairman of Karst Working Group in Geological Society of Malaysia. I have been studying karst as an academic for more than 25 years, with current research focussing on cave paleontology. I actively contribute to the effort to protect caves and karst.

Eric Tan

President of Malaysia Cave Diving Association

  • Padi MSDT
  • TDI full cave diver
  • TDI Technical diving instructor

Dr. Elise Er.

Emergency physician who loves diving. Started diving in 2018, I slowly gain my experience from open water up to cave diving certification. Cave diving opened up my eyes to another world in the underwater realm, and bring me to places many have never been.

2022 – CAVE DIVING FORUM

Eric tan

  • PADI master scuba diver trainer
  • TDI technical instructor
  • TDI Full cave diver
  • FRTI instructor
  • Committee of Malaysia cave diving association
  • Cave diving explorer

Dr Azhar Hussin

Dr Azhar Hussin is a geologist with interest in regional geology, cave sedimentology and geomorphology. He has worked extensively in South East Asia, Greece and the Alpine mountain chain, Antarctica, South Africa and South America.

ZAINUL FIKRI MOHD IDRIS

President, Malaysia Speleological Association (MASA)

Zainul Fikri is the founder and president of Malaysia Speleological Association (MASA) which involved in educational, exploration and conservation programs nationally and internationally.

He’s been actively exploring caves and karst area since 1999 and trained many cavers in Malaysia and Singapore.

Lee Kian Lie

Technical Cave Diver

Mr. Lee Kian Lie is a technical underwater cave explorer who has explored North West Malaysia, Ipoh, Kuantan and Sulawesi among many other locations. Currently, he is conducting cave explorations with his exploration team in Gua Kelam, Kinta Valley and Sg Lembing.

Mr. Lee and his team are also exploring abandoned underwater mines, locations of which remain undisclosed for safety reasons. Over the years, Mr. Lee has been a guest speaker of Bomba Malaysia, sharing his cave diving and exploration skills and experiences.

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