Martyn Farr


Martyn Farr (born Crickhowell,
Wales Wales ( cy, Cymru ) is a country A country is a distinct territorial body or political entity A polity is an identifiable political entity—any group of people who have a collective identity, who are organized by some form of Instit ...
, March 3, 1951) is a leading exploratory
cave diver Cave diving is underwater diving in water-filled caves. It may be done as an extreme sport, a way of exploring flooded caves for scientific investigation, or for the search for and recovery of divers lost as a result of one of these activities. ...
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, known for his record-breaking cave dives and the exploration of many miles of previously undiscovered underground passages (e.g. in Ogof y Daren Cilau and Noon's Hole). As an author and photographer he has written many books on the subject of cave diving history and techniques and caving locations.

Life and career

Farr began caving in 1961 and cave diving in 1971, and within 10 years had established a world record for underwater cave penetration in the Bahamas. He is noted within the cave diving community for his explorations in
Wookey Hole Wookey Hole is a village in Somerset, England. It is the location of the Wookey Hole show caves. Location Wookey Hole is located in the civil parish In England, a civil parish is a type of administrative parish used for local government ...
in 1977 and 1982, and for completing the first traverse of
Llangattock Mountain Mynydd Llangatwg or Llangattock Mountain is a hill in the Brecon Beacons National Park in the county of Powys, south Wales. It is named from the village of Llangattock (Crickhowell), Llangatwg (or 'Llangattock (Crickhowell), Llangattock') which sits ...
in Wales in 1986, the execution of which was a televised media event, being the longest and deepest caving through trip in the British Isles. In 1978, Farr discovered also the Pollatoomary cave in the Partry Mountains of the Republic of Ireland. In 2008, his student Artur Kozłowski (speleologist), Artur Kozłowski explored this cave to a depth of 103 metres, which made it the deepest known cave on the British Isles. As well as running a cave diving training facility in South Wales, Farr is a regular contributor to diving magazines around the world. Farr has also acted as support diver in some of the world's most notable cave diving penetrations, including the British-led expedition to Pozo Azul in Spain in September 2010, which at of underwater travel is the world's longest cave diving penetration. Farr is the author of ''The Darkness Beckons'', regarded as the definitive book on the history of UK cave diving.The Darkness Beckons "has achieved legendary status" - Diver Magazine (UK)
TDI instructor.


*''The Darkness Beckons - The History And Development Of Cave Diving'' (1980) *''The Great Caving Adventure'' (1984) *''Wookey: The Caves Beyond'' (1985) *''Darkworld - The Secrets Of Llangattock Mountain'' (1997) *''The Secret World Of Porth yr Ogof'' (1998) *''Dan yr Ogof: The Jewel Of Welsh Caves'' (1999) *''Underground Wales'' (2001) *''Diving In Darkness - Beneath Rock, Under Ice, Into Wrecks'' (2003)

See also

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External links

Official Website
{{DEFAULTSORT:Farr, Martyn Living people 1951 births British cavers British underwater divers Cave diving explorers People from Crickhowell Welsh explorers Pioneering technical divers