Christine diving Regina, Mexico. Image: Marissa Eckert, Hidden Worlds
Christine Grosart is an offshore diver medic, working in the North Sea on vessels and platforms.
She is still a part time front line Paramedic, based in Somerset, UK.
When she is not attending to emergencies, her whole life is dedicated to cave exploration, cave diving and any excuse to get outdoors, underground or underwater!
She is a fully accredited level 2 cave leader through the British Caving Association.
In her spare (!) time she is a trustee, secretary, underwater photographer and instructor for the marine conservation charity Ghost Fishing UK.
In 2020 she was accoladed with Fellowship of the Royal Geographical Society and in the same year was inducted into the BBC Radio Four Women's Hour Power List.
Chris is an experienced and vibrant public speaker and is available for talks across the UK and Europe.
She is a published author in the caving and diving media and has won awards for her photography.
In 2009, she visited the far reaches of Wookey Hole Cave in Somerset, achieving a new women’s cave diving record in the UK.
Chris is one of a very small number of cave divers who are equally happy ‘resurgence flopping’ in the gin clear vistas of Florida and France with multiple stages of trimix, rebreathers and scooters, as in the British mud sumps, involving arduous caving on the way to and beyond the dives.
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Chris has successfully headed up cave diving exploration of her own and currently has the end of the line in two caves in France and has pushed the dry cave beyond sumps in a third.
She is active in exploration in Croatia and has the end of the line in a deep cave near Rijeka, called Izvor Licanke.
Chris has enjoyed classic caving trips across France and the UK, such as the Pierre St Martin, Dent de Crolles, ‘The Far North’ in Dan Yr Ogof, Otter Hole, ‘Maytime’ in Agen Allwedd and ‘Dog Leg’ and ‘War of the Worlds’ in Ogof Draenen.
She has been fortunate to have dived at Wakulla Springs in Florida.
The early years
Christine's mother belonged to a BSAC diving club but, despite learning the basics of scuba at the age of 14, Chris chose to put her time and energy into racehorses and left diving aside until she began diving through the Cave Diving Group of Great Britain.
A lifelong family connection with potholing led to her taking up cave diving in the UK in 2005 and a change of career to fund it!
Both her parents were scuba divers and her mother, Pauline, had always dabbled in caving, running the Wessex Cave Club bunkhouse for 7 years. Her Uncle, Phil, has been a caver since university and the caves of the Mendip Hills were regular haunts throughout her childhood and teenage years.
Christine left school at 16, studying for her A levels and a degree in Geosciences with the Open University in her spare time, whilst dedicating 10 years to a career in horse racing.
She worked for several top racehorse trainers and her claims to fame include riding in steeplechases and partnering high class horses in their daily work, such as ‘Shooting Light’ and ‘Pivotal Point’.
In 2004 she joined the ambulance service as an EMT and in 2010, she earned her degree in Paramedic Science with the University of the West of England and spent several years studying Geosciences with the Open University.
In 2016 she trained as an offshore medic and regularly takes a helicopter to work out to the North sea, currently working as a dive medic on a saturation dive vessel.
As well as her own exploration, she has supported divers such as Rick Stanton in pushing the limits of caves including the Fontaine de Truffe and the Marche Pied.
She gives inspirational talks on cave exploration and ocean conservation, around the globe.