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AED Safety FAQ
September 7th, 2017
​While checking out the safety gear available on a dive boat, I noticed an automated external defibrillator (AED) among the first-aid equipment. Is it safe to use an AED around water? How about on a m...  Read More
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Pulmonary Stenosis FAQ
September 7th, 2017
​I am 48 years old and have moderate hypertension. I was diagnosed with pulmonary stenosis, which was surgically corrected. The pulmonary valve, however, is allowing some blood to leak, permitting bac...  Read More
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Back Pain FAQ
September 7th, 2017
​I have a student who has a neurostimulator for back pain. What exactly is a neurostimulator, and are there any implications for diving? Neurostimulators are surgically implanted devices that have som...  Read More
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Dental Implants FAQ
September 7th, 2017
​I'm going to see an oral surgeon next week for dental implants; will I ever be able to dive again? A dental implant is a titanium post or frame that's surgically placed in the jawbone. An implant rep...  Read More
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Physical Exercise Before, During & After a Dive
August 25th, 2017
Researches have recently uncovered facts regarding the relationship of exercise with diving. Dr De Kock explains this controversial subject in details. ​As potential risk factor for decompression illn...  Read More
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Lung Squeeze: Coughing Your Lungs Out
August 25th, 2017
Dr Schneider dives into the particulars of lung squeeze – a largely misunderstood and unknown diving condition affecting breath-hold divers. ​ ​“Lung squeeze” is a condition that is practically unique...  Read More
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HIV and the Diver
August 25th, 2017
​Although HIV-positive divers can enjoy the sport, there are potential risks and considerations to take into account.   Human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) is a ...  Read More
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Medical Concerns and the Ageing Diver
August 24th, 2017
Two concerns burden the older diver: fitness for the intended activity and the likelihood of survival. Put otherwise, am I fit enough to continue with my passion without getting injured, or even dying...  Read More
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Protecting Our Waters Above and Below
August 24th, 2017
Diving businesses depend heavily on the quality and sustainability of the diving environments they offer their clients: Ecology affects their economy. Therefore, divers and diving businesses all have ...  Read More
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E-Cigarettes the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
August 24th, 2017
​Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have taken the world by storm, and vape shops are everywhere to be found. There are over 500 brands of e-cigarettes and 7700 flavours e-juice readily available on...  Read More
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Can Breath-hold Diving Cause DCI?
August 24th, 2017
​Breath-hold diving (BHD) or freediving is a form of underwater diving that relies on the divers’ ability to hold their breath until resurfacing, rather than on the use of a breathing apparatus such a...  Read More
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The Eye of the Beholder - What DAN is... and is not!
July 5th, 2017
After 20 years, it is hard to imagine that all divers do not know all there is to know about DAN. Still, we often hear divers talk about their understanding of what DAN is.Much of what we hear is corr...  Read More
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