Posts with the tag “dive-safety”
Shore diving in Taiwan: challenges and adaptations in a unique environment
July 9th, 2023
Because of the need to finish the dive at a specific exit point (and the lack of a boat to pick you up if you don’t), navigation plays a more important role in shore diving than in most boat dives. Co...
Lost Divers | Missed Opportunity
June 29th, 2023
The divemaster, as is standard practice, should drag a buoy that is visible to the skipper on the boat at all times. This may be difficult on deep dives with a strong current. I always insist that eve...
Could optimising a diver’s hydration and temperature improve their decompression safety?
September 25th, 2022
An astute researcher noticed that there was a slightly higher incident rate of DCS that would otherwise have been expected for those US Navy divers, who were involved in the salvage and recovery of th...
Be a Great Dive Buddy
May 30th, 2022
Throughout the dive, communication is paramount. Underwater, the pair must communicate clearly, effectively of course, wordlessly. Beyond understanding hand signals, an ideal buddy pair might even be...
When Should the Rescue Begin?
March 26th, 2022
When things go wrong, an effective rescue is vital for a favorable outcome. Most rescue diver courses teach students basic techniques to apply after something goes wrong, but better courses also provi...
Stacking The Deck
January 18th, 2022
Like the seafaring explorers of old, many in the diving community travel farther, dive deeper and consistently search the horizon and plumb the depths for new adventure. As a group, we are continually...
Dive Locally, Dive Safely
December 8th, 2020
How can you determine if it’s safe to dive, and what should you look for when choosing a dive shop? When diving with a dive operator or renting equipment, ask what infection-control procedures they ha...
Women in Diving: The Salty Wanderer, Charlie Warland
August 11th, 2020
The Salty Wanderer, Charlie Warland is an Ocean enthusiast, scuba instructor and she tell us a little more about her dive life and exhilarating underwater experiences. Growing up in the landlocked, du...
Diving at Altitude
July 3rd, 2020
Many dive computers have a barometer or pressure sensor that samples the pressure when you turn them on at the dive site. A drawback to this feature is it senses the pressure of only where you are....
Asking the Right Questions
June 17th, 2020
Dive safety has improved with the development of better equipment, procedures, education and awareness, but much remains to be learned about divers’ risk of decompression sickness (DCS)...
Down in the Dumps
March 28th, 2020
The shaft is the size of an oldworld telephone booth and feels as constricting as a middle coach seat in a row of strangers. I reach my hand into the hot black muck. Redundant layers of rubber signifi...
Getting Decompression Sickness while Freediving
March 27th, 2020
Over the past few years only a few cases of DCS during freediving have been reported, and they all were associated with repeated deep dives over a short time. Since there is little information, statis...
How to manage Near-Drowning
February 3rd, 2020
Resuscitation should be continued until a doctor calls of the attempt because of definite death....
July 16th, 2019
The power to change the world lies with us as users and caretakers of the planet....
Your Dive Computer: Tips and tricks - PART 2
May 25th, 2019
Dive computers are wonderful at carrying out programmed mathematical computations, but they are blind to the many insights you may have before, during and between your dives. For example, your dive co...
Your Dive Computer: Tips and tricks - PART 1
May 25th, 2019
Know your gear and how to use it to better your dive experience. One piece of equipment that has become essential to most divers is a dive computer. There is an surprising range in models available. ...
Vasovagal Syncope unpredictable FAQ
April 6th, 2018
Vasovagal syncope are brought on by basic Valsalvamanoeuvres. These are very common in diving, as they are used to equalise pressure in the middle ear during descent to depths as shallow at 5-10 feet...
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