Xavier Meniscus is a former French military combat diver and commercial diver and also one of the elite cave explorers who has explored many caves around the world such as the Goul de la Tannerie in France, the Pozo Azul in Spain and Boesmansgat in South Africa.
Xavier holds the record for the deepest cave dive at 286 m, which he conducted at Font Estramar in 2019.
Xavier performed more than 2,000 hours of rebreather diving in caves and has made around 50 sub-200 meter dives. Xavier’s essential equipment to reach his goals in his deep cave exploration is the use of Seacraft dual Ghost dpvs.
Xavier about himself: “Through my skills as a diver, I have adapted my professional techniques; to underground diving techniques, to continue explorations on several occasions in the main French cavities, from the longest to the deepest ones.”
- 2023 Exploration of the Goul de la Tannerie: -246m
- 2022 : Source du Durzon : 2300m -138m
- 2022 : Source de Marnade Sump 3 : -153m
- 2020 Émergence de Bourne : after Sump 1 distance 4000m
- 2020 Source du Bestouan : distance 3000m
- 2019 : Goul du Pont; over 700m explored after fissure-restriction on depths max -204m
- 2019 Gouls de la Tannerie : -243m
- 2019 Font Estramar : -286m ( project -300m )
- 2018 Port Miou : -233m distance 3000m
- 2017 Fontaine de Lussac : -197m
Xavier Méniscus Seacraft equipment
In order to continue my explorations at the current depths and distances that exceed for the most part, the -200m depth, I had to use the most efficient equipment possible especially in terms of scooter. The DPV Seacraft Ghost is the ideal tool since the depth of use is greater than -300m but is also one of the fastest in order to have a minimum exposure time at great depths to avoid important stops. Thanks to its electronic management, it allows me to have a great flexibility of use, to know permanently the parameters of the scooter (power – autonomy – etc.).
At my penetration depths, it was impossible for me to make and bring back topography measurements; too penalizing in time for decompression. Thanks to the ENC2 navigation console it is now possible to bring back these topography data, unimaginable before the invention of this device.