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Diving Health & Safety Articles

| Bends/DCS/Embolism | Diving Accidents/Incidents | Medical Studies/Other Afflictions |
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Below you'll find links to Undercurrent articles concerning all kinds of diving health and safety issues. They cover reports of DCS and emoblisms along with the most recent medical studies about them, diving accidents and deaths and what really caused them, medical studies on all aspects of diving from ear problems to long term effects of diving, disesase and drugs used by divers, shark attacks and no-see-um bites, crime activity in dive resorts, ... Honest, unbiased info about diving medical and safety issues that you will not find in other publications.

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Bends, DCS (Decompression Sickness), Embolism

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Bret Gilliam Asks: Can You Get Bent From Freediving?, 4/14 The Disappearing Recompression Chamber The Disappearing Recompression Chamber -- Publicly Available, there are more than ever, but fewer are for divers, 9/13 Which Divers Get DCS? DAN Tries to Determine, 9/13
Decongestants and DCS: No Link, So Far, 8/13 Dead Divers’ Bad Mistakes: Part I, like wearing a too-small BC -- or diving without one, 3/13 Middle-Age Women and DCS, are they at higher risk of getting the bends?, 2/13
Palau’s Chamber is Working Again, But Not Full-Time, 6/12 Flying After Diving: A Threat Worse than the Bends Flying After Diving: A Threat Worse than the Bends -- Publicly Available, 3/12 Does High-Fat Fast Food Mean a Lower Risk of DCS?, 1/12
Breathing From Liquid: Is Diving’s Holy Grail Here?, 6/11 Bret Gilliam Chimes in on an “Inexcusable” Error, 5/11  
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Researchers Face Criminal Charges for Giving Sheep the Bends, 9/10 The Risks of Oxygen at Increased Depth, what you better know if youŐre diving with Nitrox, 9/10 Are Vegetarians More at Risk for DCS?, 8/10
Risk Factors for Dive Deaths, how older women differ from younger men in dive problems, 4/10 Do the Drugs You Take Increase Bends Risk?, 3/10 Four Factors That Reduce Your Risk of DCS, 3/10
Should You Breathe Oxygen Before a Dive?, 8/09 Can Saunas Prevent Decompression Sickness?, 7/09 The Misuse of Dive Computers, 8/08
Wait Times for Flying After Diving, 6/08 When Considering Deep Stops, Profiles Rule, 4/08 Younger, Newer and Female Divers Show More DCI Symptoms, 7/07
Irrational Fear of Flashing Dive Computers , why your only fear is fear itself, 7/07 The Tactical Use of Dive Computers, tips and tricks for lowering your DCS risk, 5/07 Multiple Flights after Diving, 3/07
Blue Cross/Blue Shield Won't Cover Bent Diver's Chamber Costs, 3/07 You've Come a Long Way, Nitrox, what the latest stats show, 3/07 Decompression Illness Presenting as Breast Pain, 10/06
Does Dehydration Increase the Risk for DCS?, 6/06 Those Reverse Diving Profiles, new research contradicts previous beliefs, 5/06 With DCI, Age Matters, 3/06
Who Gets Bent More?, 5/05 What About Deep Stops?, — a case of the tail wagging the dog?, 3/05 Hidden Heart Defect Raises DCS Risk Five Fold, at least twenty-five percent of divers have it, 9/04
Free Diving Between Scuba Dives Could Bend a Diver., 9/04 More About Exercise Before Diving, and a pill to prevent DCS?, 5/04  

Diving Accidents & Incidents

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“Both Divers Resisted the Natural Instincts of Self-Preservation”, 9/14 The Dangers Above the Surface The Dangers Above the Surface -- Publicly Available, don’t “take a trip” while on your dive trip, 9/14 Hawaii Snorkeler Dies in Rough Water, 9/14
Fire Aboard!, how John Bantin escaped a burning Red Sea liveaboard, 8/14 Why Did This Shark Diver Disappear?, did a heart attack, tiger shark or something else get him?, 8/14 When Your Sausage Fails, 7/14
Why Divers Die: Part II, overweighted and overwhelmed, “same ocean” buddies, 7/14 Anatomy of a Free Flow Anatomy of a Free Flow -- Publicly Available, 6/14 The Foolishness of Leaving Your Dive Boat Unmanned, 6/14
The Final Report of a Father and Son’s Cave-Diving Deaths, 5/14 Why Divers Die: Part I, too much panic, too few trips to the doctor, 5/14 Untrained Divers Have No Place in Dangerous Caves, 3/14
Choose Your Dive Boat Wisely Choose Your Dive Boat Wisely -- Publicly Available, three Thai liveaboards sink in three weeks, 3/14 Two Deaths at One of Indonesia’s Most Dangerous Dive Sites, 3/14 Divers Who Get Lost at Sea Divers Who Get Lost at Sea -- Publicly Available, some tales are “non-stories,” others are good warnings, 2/14
The Strange Case of a Missing Diver in the Caymans, 2/14 Revisiting a Dive Incident from 15 Years Ago, 1/14 Diver Makes Fatal Mistake During Typhoon Haiyan, 1/14
Sad but Foolish Cave Diving Deaths, 1/14 An Analysis of Rebreather Deaths, why rebreather diving is 10 times more dangerous, 9/13 There Are Dives . . ., . . . and then there are “dives”, 8/13
Lawsuit over Diver Death on San Diego’s Yukon, 7/13 Navy Divers Got it Wrong, 7/13 Maui Boat Captain Fined for Diver’s Death, 5/13
Cause of Death: A Deteriorated Mouthpiece?, 5/13 Why Divers Should Know CPR, especially when you’re doing dive trips in the Third World, 5/13 Bad Mistakes Dead Divers Make: Part II, like pre-dive drug use or faking your medical exam, 4/13
A Bad Dive Weekend Coast to Coast, 4/13 A Lost–at-Sea Diver Tells His Tale, a 14-hour swim from Gordo Banks back to the mainland, 3/13 Dead Divers’ Bad Mistakes: Part I, like wearing a too-small BC -- or diving without one, 3/13
Yes, the Dive Gear Caused His Death, but no, his sister can’t sue the manufacturer, 2/13 Filling Cylinders In Water, perhaps a cause of a tank explosion, 2/13 Death in Belize from Exploding Tanks Death in Belize from Exploding Tanks -- Publicly Available, 1/13
The Dangerous Risk of Boats Without Dive Ladders, 1/13 Beware of the Hand-Biting Barracudas, 10/12 Anatomy of a Dive Death Investigation, 9/12
One Cavern Plus Panic Equals Four Deaths, 9/12 This Was a 13-Year-Old’s First Dive, 9/12 Improving Rebreather Safety: Part I, up to 10 times more dangerous than open-circuit diving, 8/12
Widow Blames Dive Gear for Death of Filmmaker, 8/12 Parents of Drowned Boy Sues PADI and Boy Scouts, 8/12 Good Feedback from Our Readers, 7/12
Problems with the Siren Fleet, divers must evacuate two liveaboards in less than six months, 7/12 Why Doesn’t DAN Have the Same Insurance Standards Worldwide?, 7/12 Why You Might Remove Your Regulator When You Shouldn’t Why You Might Remove Your Regulator When You Shouldn’t -- Publicly Available, 6/12
Those Deadly Downcurrents, do you ride it out or react in the worst way possible?, 6/12 Why Divers Run Low on Gas, and how one researcher found out the reasons, 6/12 Nautilus Lifeline: User Error or Gear Malfunction?, 4/12
Manslaughter in Australia, An Acquittal in Alabama, 3/12 The “Discover Scuba Diving” Programs The “Discover Scuba Diving” Programs -- Publicly Available, here’s where the deaths happen, 3/12 Did This Divemaster Commit Suicide, or Was She Silenced?, 2/12
Raja Ampat Liveaboard Goes Down in Flames Raja Ampat Liveaboard Goes Down in Flames -- Publicly Available, 2/12 Still Unclear How Key Largo’s Get Wet Got Wet, 2/12 Diver Dies in Sinking Boat Near Key Largo, 1/12
The Nautilus Lifeline Finally Ships, and how a little openness can prevent PR headaches, 11/11 Why Divers Panic, Malcolm Gladwell explains in his latest book, 11/11 The Death of Steve Irwin, Redux, 11/11
Shark Hunt or Witch Hunt?, Aussie dive operators call for shark killing rampages, 11/11 The Fins Sharks Like Best The Fins Sharks Like Best -- Publicly Available, 11/11 Lest We Not Forget Our Fellow Divers, 10/11
The Mysterious Case of the Stolen, Exploding Tank, 10/11 American Left Not Far Behind by an Australian Dive Boat, 9/11 Bahamas’ Shark Mauls a Diver’s Arm in Chumming Area, 8/11
Diver Rescued off Bimini, thanks to not one, but three skilled captains, 7/11 Avoid the Dive Boat Propellor, dive flag do’s and don’ts, 6/11 PADI Stonewalls Dead Diver’s Family, 4/11
The Cost of Search and Rescue Missions, who foots the bill for finding lost divers?, 3/11 Scuba Tanks as Lethal Weapons Scuba Tanks as Lethal Weapons -- Publicly Available, Videographer loses his arm, 2/11 Who’s Responsible for a Diver’s Death?, In the U.S., there’s no clear-cut way to assign proper blame to guilty parties, 2/11
Jim Abernethy Catches a Few Teeth Jim Abernethy Catches a Few Teeth -- Publicly Available, 2/11 Barracuda Attacks, why divers can’t take them for granted, 1/11  
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That California Real Life Open Water Case, what was behind the $1.68 million verdict, 11/10 Diver Dies: Boat Moves to Next Site without Him, 11/10 DAN’s Fatality Workshop, and the presentation that was censored, 7/10
What’s More Dangerous, the Rebreather or the Diver?, 6/10 San Diego Dive Shop With a Dark History, a suicide, a dead diver and accusations of lies and theft, 2/10 Reader Advice for Not Getting Lost at Sea, 1/10
Why the Dive Industry Is Dying: “It’s the Media’s Fault”, 10/09 Croc Attacks Diver in Raja Ampat: The Follow-Up, 8/09 Diver Deaths Around the World, 8/09
Divers Survive 24 Hours in Open Waters of Gulf of Mexico, 6/09 Florida, California, Bahamas, Philippines…, good U.S. diving, Cozumel’s best gear repairman, and more, 5/09 Say What?, 5/09
Why Divers Die: Part II, overweighting and uninflated BCDs can cause big problems, 4/09 Stranded At Sea? Buy Yourself Some Time, 3/09 Two More Divers Stranded for Hours on Great Barrier Reef, 3/09
Why Divers Die: Part I, fatal errors, all preventable, 3/09 Unusual Hazard for Young Divers, 3/09 Ouch! Diver Spears Himself in the Groin, 2/09
The Major Cause of Dive Accidents, 2/09 Abalone: The Fatal Attraction, why are divers killing themselves over these marine mollusks?, 2/09 Diver Drifts 12 Hours in Somosomo Strait, 1/09
Dive-Related Death Investigations, how the U.S. compares to other countries in handling them, 10/08 A Second Look at Dive Boat Engine Exhaust, 9/08 The Baani Adventure’s Lethal Air Compressor, 7/08
Update on the Shear Water Shark Attack Incident, 7/08 Nineteen Hours Adrift in Australia, Undercurrent interviews the rescued couple, 7/08 First It’s Sharks to Fend Off, Then It’s Lethal Lizards, 7/08
Diver Charged with Killing Wife on Honeymoon, 7/08 Look Before You Leap, 6/08 Divers Saved After 40 Hours at Sea, 6/08
Why Divers Die: Part III, tragically dumb mistakes that turned into fatal errors, 5/08 Freak Wave Capsizes Shark Boat, Kills Three Divers, 5/08 The Death of A Shark Diver, will it affect shark dive trips in the Bahamas?, 4/08
Why Divers Die: Part II, problems on the surface, 3/08 Rebreather Deaths Are on the Rise, 3/08 Poor Buoyancy Is a Bigger Factor in Dive Accidents, 3/08
Fire Sinks Amigos Del Mar’s Dive Boat, 2/08 Why Divers Die: Part I, panic attacks and entanglement are two killers, 2/08 Dive Boat Fiascos, 10/07
Diver’s Death Blamed on Few Skills and Faulty Valve, 10/07 When Divers Become Hazards, buddies, trip leaders, even divemasters as potential risks, 10/07 Got a Medical Emergency? Call DAN Again and Again, 8/07
Deaths in the Caymans, 6/07 NOAA Nixes Split Fins, 6/07 Tank Blackout Can Be Fatal, 5/07
Dive Accidents Above Water, 4/07 Why Divers Die, Part III, bad, very bad decisions, 2/07 Belize Divemaster Gets Away With Diver's Death, 1/07
Why Divers Die: Part II, the heavy load of obesity, 1/07 Ladies, Avoid This Dive Instructor, a few others, too, 1/07 Diver Rescued after 56 Hours at Sea. Or So He Claimed?, 10/06
Crikey! Irwin's Death Stirs Backlash, should anyone confront wildlife?, 10/06 Why Divers Die: Part I, embolism, the silent killer, 10/06 Nai'a Crew Rescues All Hands After Grounding, 10/06
Staying Alive until the Boat Finds You, What to do when adrift at sea, 7/06 Surviving Three Days in 68şF Water, what you can learn from a diver who did it, 6/06 Four Cases of Divers Drifting at Sea: Mistakes Galore, 4/06
Post-Hurricane Cozumel, the reefs? well, they're different, 4/06 The Yellow Fin in the Sand, the case of the dive store owner and his dead wife, 4/06 Dead in Belize Waters, Divers drift three days off Placencia, 1/06
Divers Die, Part III, ... more mistakes to avoid, 1/06 Big Fish, Big Egos, Big Bucks, as the biggest fish die, so do the species, 10/05 Another Couple Swept Away in Australia, 10/05
Left Behind in Florida, another boat heads home short, 9/05 Why Divers Die, Part I, panic and entrapment, 9/05 Two Thai Live-Aboards Sink, 7/05
The Wave Dancer Tragedy, — Belize releases its final report, 4/05 Thumbs Down Advanced Diving Placencia, Belize, 4/05 Divers in the Tsunami, — divers caught in the wave, 2/05
Sixteen Divers Surface to Find Boat Missing, 10/04 Divers Vanish in Fiji, 10/04 Why Divers Die, Part IV, equipment failure ... or operator error?, 10/04
Divers Drift 45 Miles and 14 Hours in the Red Sea, 9/04 Why Divers Die: Part III, the true cause of death – panic, not drowning, 9/04 Dive Boat Strandings: Part II, will we ever learn?, 8/04
Why Divers Die: Part I, ...obesity, conditioning, denial, 8/04 Every Diver’s Nightmare, left behind to drift at sea, 6/04 Squid Fishermen’s Bombs Rattle Night Divers, 5/04
Three Perish in Red Sea Live-Aboard Explosion, 4/04 More on Dropping Weights, 4/04 Crocodile Hunter in La Paz Rescue, 3/04
Relax and Drift, 2/04 Why Divers Die: Part II, in over their heads, 1/04 Drifting the Night Away, 1/04
Shark Feeding Stops: $25 Million Suit for Lost Leg, 1/04 The Belt Goes First, 10/03 Two Live-Aboard Fatalities Raise Question, were safety procedures sufficient?, 9/03
Underwater Suicide, 8/03 Is Your Liveaboard Trip Aboard a Safe Vessel? Part I, what the experts discovered about the Wave Dancer, 5/03 Drifting the Day Away, 4/03
Spoilsport Tragedy, 3/03 Why Divers Die, Part III: are you rusty?, are you rusty?, 2/03 Serious Shark Attack Raises Questions, 1/03
Two Odd Deaths in 1998, 1/99 An Alternative to Shallow-Water Drowning, 5/97  

Medical Studies & Other Afflications

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Does a High-Fat Diet Increase DCS Risk?, new research says yes, but there are those who disagree, 5/14 Can Nitrox Damage Blood Vessels?, 3/14 The Perils of Deep Air Diving, how narcosis affects memory and thought processing, 3/14
Brits Dive Hard and Drink Hard, 1/14 Can Divers’ Potentially Fatal Heart Changes Really be Found?, 10/13 An Analysis of Rebreather Deaths, why rebreather diving is 10 times more dangerous, 9/13
Your High-SPF Sunscreen May Not Be So Great After All, 9/13 Which Divers Get DCS? DAN Tries to Determine, 9/13 Decongestants and DCS: No Link, So Far, 8/13
“Now I Can Pig Out on Trips with Less Guilt” “Now I Can Pig Out on Trips with Less Guilt” -- Publicly Available, 6/13 How Many Calories Do You Burn Diving?, 5/13 The Reason for Wrinkled Fingers, 3/13
Post-Op Diving, how you can suit up after major medical work, 1/13 Why You Might Remove Your Regulator When You Shouldn’t Why You Might Remove Your Regulator When You Shouldn’t -- Publicly Available, 6/12 Why Divers Run Low on Gas, and how one researcher found out the reasons, 6/12
Should You Splurge on an VO2 Max Test?, 5/12 Where’s That Sound Coming From?, 5/12 How Smokers Really Ruin Their Diving, 4/12
Do Water and AEDs Mix?, 4/12 A Shock to Divers’ Hearts, can portable defibrillators lower heart-related dive deaths?, 3/12 A New Lionfish Hazard to Worry About, 1/12
Exercise and Diving, pre-dive workouts can protect against decompression sickness, 10/11 Stay in Shape, 10/11 Scuba Diving for Health, 10/11
Breathing From Liquid: Is Diving’s Holy Grail Here?, 6/11 Cure Jet Lag Without Drugs, 4/11 Does Breathing Nitrox Reduce Post-Dive Fatigue?, 4/11
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How Much Post-Dive Activity is Too Much?, 10/10 Will Katie PriceŐs Breast Implants Explode Underwater?, 9/10 The Risks of Oxygen at Increased Depth, what you better know if youŐre diving with Nitrox, 9/10
Are Vegetarians More at Risk for DCS?, 8/10 Diving More Deadly Over Age 50?, media sensationalism obfuscates the truths, 8/10 Problems with Peeing in Drysuits, 5/10
Risk Factors for Dive Deaths, how older women differ from younger men in dive problems, 4/10 Grand Cayman Officials Say Alcohol and Stingrays Do Mix, 2/10 Divers, You’re Not Using Enough Sunscreen, 7/09
Bacterial Contamination in Rinse Tanks, a new study says don’t dip your mask and regulator, 6/09 Why Divers Die: Part III, the older you are, the higher your mortality risk during a dive, 5/09 Easing Back Pain While Diving, 1/09
The Underwater “Spin Cycle” Known as Diver’s Vertigo, 10/08 Having Trouble Equalizing? Try Sinus Surgery, 9/08 Wait Times for Flying After Diving, 6/08
When Considering Deep Stops, Profiles Rule, 4/08 Donald Sutherland Claims Diving Is a No-No Past Age 50, 3/08 Shooting Saltwater Up Your Nose, 3/08
Women Divers May Be Better Than Men, 1/08 Secondary Drowning: A Few Drops Can Be Fatal , 9/07 Survival Psychology of Divers, how do you react when the worst happens?, 8/07
Part II: How Many Divers Are There?, injury and fatality rates, 6/07 DAN Debunks Antioxidants Before Diving, 5/07 Would You Please Repeat That?, the connection between diving and hearing loss, 5/07
Heavy Breather? Add 15 Minutes to Your Underwater Time, 4/07 Is Diving Off Limits for Pregnant Women?, 3/07 It's the Salsa, Stupid, 1/07
Why Divers Die: Part II, the heavy load of obesity, 1/07 Women Divers and Their Menstrual Cycles, studies support relationship with DCI and other diving problems, 8/06 Have a Little Nitrox, M'Dear, 7/06
Why Divers Die, Part I, panic and entrapment, 9/05 Watch That Giant Stride, 9/05 The ‘pee factor’ in diving: When the urge hits, should you?, 8/05
Managing Mal de Mer, don’t let it ruin your dives, 7/05 Is Diving Safer Than Skiing?, 1/05 Exercise Before, During, and After Diving, there are DCS risks, indeed, 3/04
DooDoo Redux, 2/04 Why Divers Die: Part III, over weighting is a common contributor, 2/04 CoCo View Cuts the Cheese and (hopefully) Blows Away Turista, 10/03
Deep DooDoo, from the Undercurrent archives, 10/03 Why Divers Die, Part I, learning to say no, 10/03 Panic in Recreational Scuba Divers, yes, the sexes are Venus and Mars, 8/03
Slow Burn, 4/03 Study Finds Diving May Damage Your Lungs, 2/03 More About Those Medical Exams, 2/03

Diving Diseases & Drugs

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Dengue Fever in Fiji: Should Divers Worry?, 4/14 Chikungunya-Carrying Mosquitoes in the Caribbean, 2/14  
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Diving with Erectile Dysfunction, 10/10 Transferred by the Rinse Tank: A Nasty Case of Conjunctivitis, 9/08 Malaria on Roatan, 8/08
Infection Warning, 2/07 Drugs Divers Take, research shows how they affect your skills, 5/06 Managing Mal de Mer, don’t let it ruin your dives, 7/05
Malaria and Divers: Even in Róatán there’s a risk., 10/04 Hidden Heart Defect Raises DCS Risk Five Fold, at least twenty-five percent of divers have it, 9/04 CoCo View Resort, Roatán, Honduras, 10 years later, the same diver paradise, 7/04
CoCo View: Redux, 5/03 How SARS Can Ruin Your Dive Trip ... Even If You Don’t Have It, 5/03  

Stings, Burns & Other Nuisances

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Watch Out for Lionfish Stings Watch Out for Lionfish Stings -- Publicly Available, 9/14 Travel Tips & Helpful Dive Hints: Part I Travel Tips & Helpful Dive Hints: Part I -- Publicly Available, how to avoid cockroaches, cyclones and a lack of local currency, 1/14 Sunscreens that Protect Divers as well as Reefs, 10/13
The Painful, Disabling Sting of a Lionfish The Painful, Disabling Sting of a Lionfish -- Publicly Available, a reef scientist’s firsthand encounter, 10/11    
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Keep the Bugs at Bay, 7/10 Asia-Pacific Divers Feeling More Jellyfish Stings, 3/10 Stung Divers: Skip the Vinegar, Use Hot Water, 7/08
It’s Sea Lice Season in the Caribbean Again, 4/08 The Skinny on No-See-Ums, avoid being bugged by their bites, 9/07 Two Inexpensive Weapons against Jellyfish Stings, 3/07
Latest Results on Insect Repellents, 10/06 Beat the Bite. . . avoiding mosquitoes, 1/06 Don’t Forget There’s Malaria Out There, 10/05
They Sting, Itch, and Raise Angry Welts, — sea lice season is upon us again, 5/05 Malaria and Divers: Even in Róatán there’s a risk., 10/04 Cream Wards off Jellyfish Stings, Stanford Study Suggests, 8/04
Diver’s Shark Tales from Around the Globe, we love sharks, they don’t always love us, 7/04 Getting Nailed by Jellies, a commercial preventative lotion proves effective, 9/03 Who You Callin' Hostile?, 9/03
No - See - Ums, More Than Just an Irritation, 1/00    

Diving Practices

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Getting Into Deep, a fascinating read about freediving and big-animal behavior, 9/14 When Your Sausage Fails, 7/14 Checkout Dives: Why They’re Important, 5/14
A Dive Shop Owner’s Take on Dive Training, “too many inexperienced divers say ‘I can do this’”, 5/14 The Decline of Dive Training: Part II The Decline of Dive Training: Part II -- Publicly Available, it’s being dumbed down at all levels . . . but there’s hope, 4/14 The Fastest-Growing Segment of Diving?, freediving “is to divers what snowboarders were to skiers”, 4/14
Bret Gilliam Asks: Can You Get Bent From Freediving?, 4/14 Untrained Divers Have No Place in Dangerous Caves, 3/14 The Shark-Riding Trend - - or Dumb Divers Looking Dumber, 2/14
Brits Dive Hard and Drink Hard, 1/14 Knives or Scissors?, 8/13 Diving Deep into Danger, 5/13
Chinese Price Gouging and DCS Too, 3/13 The Dangerous Risk of Boats Without Dive Ladders, 1/13 Watch That Giant Stride, 1/13
Rebreather Resources, 9/12 Those Deadly Downcurrents, do you ride it out or react in the worst way possible?, 6/12 Death Due to Poor Gear Maintenance, are you more careful than this Virginia police department?, 4/12
What to Do with Smoking Divers, do they have a right to light up on a liveaboard?, 4/12 The Evolution of DAN, is the Divers Alert Network still fulfilling its mission?, 10/11 I Can See Clearly Now ... Underwater I Can See Clearly Now ... Underwater -- Publicly Available, contacts, lens inserts, prescription mask or magnifying glass?, 9/11
The Mask-under-the-Chin Syndrome, 7/11 Emergency Breathing from Your BCD Emergency Breathing from Your BCD -- Publicly Available, why don’t dive agencies teach this technique?, 6/11 How to Breathe from a BCD, 6/11
Disinfecting Your BCD, 6/11 Think Twice Before Putting Your Gear in Rinse Tanks, 3/11  
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Self-Rescue Tips from Readers, 4/10 New Dangers of Rebreather Diving, read this before you buy or upgrade rebreather gear, 3/10 Stoppering the Problem: Do Ear Plugs Work Underwater?, 10/09
Why Divers Fail to Disclose Medical Conditions, there’s not much trust in the system, 10/09 A Better Way to Find Lost Divers, Mike Ball’s invention: special buoys and “dummy divers”, 5/09 A Reminder About Safe Boat Diving from PADI, 4/09
Stranded At Sea? Buy Yourself Some Time, 3/09 When Bad Air is Pumped into Your Tank, a recent study states it happens more often than you think, 1/09 Diver Loses Fingers on the Dive Ladder, 1/09
How Useful Is a Dye Marker in a Search?, 10/08 Downward Dogs Can Improve Your Diving, 10/08 Drinking and Diving: How Much Alcohol Is Too Much?, 10/08
Why Technical Training is Worth Your Time, 2/08 Out of Air? Try Your BCD, what the agencies won’t tell you about secondary air sources, 1/08 How to Emergency Breathe From a BCD, 1/08
New Advice for Divers Caught in Rip Currents, 10/07 Breathing Exercises For Longer Dive Time, 10/07 Industrial Oxygen in My Nitrox?, 9/07
Safety Concerns on Liveaboard Boats, 8/07 For or Against the "No-Pee" Rule? a steady stream of reader comments, a steady stream of reader comments, 6/07 Scuba Shack's No Peeing Rule, 4/07
CDs: The Ideal Surface-Detection Aid?, 2/07 When Bad Things Happen to Good Divers, what do you do if you’re lost at sea?, 2/07 Serious New Regulations in the Galapagos Islands, 1/07
British Expert Calls Short Courses "Madness", 9/06 Deeper into Diving Comprehensive Second Edition, 9/06 When Divers Get Benched: Part III, when your body should keep you topside, 5/06
When Divers Get Benched: Part II, rules made up on the fly, 4/06 Tech Diving, Rebreathers and Wrecks, when it might not be for you, 3/06 No More Diving TodayDivers, why divers get benched, 3/06
Diving After Eating, 10/05 The Lost Art, 9/05 Getting Hooked. . . and Unhooked, 9/05
Divers still get left at sea…, 5/05 Coast Guard Not Required to Rescue Divers, 1/05 Diving Out of the Mainstream, 1/05
The Dangers and Thrills of Deep Wreck Diving, 7/04 Free Diving as an Extreme Sport, 2/04 Gray Around the Gills, are you ever too old to dive?, 9/03
Losing Your Buddy in Inner Space, Bob Halstead says what you’ve been taught is STUPID, 9/01    

Dive Travel

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Choose Your Dive Boat Wisely Choose Your Dive Boat Wisely -- Publicly Available, three Thai liveaboards sink in three weeks, 3/14 Flying After Diving: A Threat Worse than the Bends Flying After Diving: A Threat Worse than the Bends -- Publicly Available, 3/12 In Case a Stingray City Denizen Bites off Your Hand, 5/11
Cure Jet Lag Without Drugs, 4/11    
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Lying About Your Health Could Be Lethal, our medical expert tells you why you shouldn’t fib to dive shops, 1/10 Is That Overseas Dive Destination Safe to Visit?, 8/09 Passport Tips for Traveling Divers, 7/09
A Diver’s Tale of Somali Piracy and the Seychelles Arm, 6/09 Proper Liveaboard Hygiene, 5/08 Diver Car-Rental Scam in Cozumel, 1/08
Infection Warning, 2/07 When a Passport Isn't Enough, 9/06 How to Go Diving with Nondiving Kids, 8/06
New Luggage Limits Slam Traveling Divers, 8/06 The Right Seats for the Long Haul, 6/06 Consider the Season, 6/06
Photo Gear, Rebreathers Stolen from Divers, And there it is, for sale on eBay, 3/06 Those Divebag Security Screeners, will your strobe arrive with you?, 2/06 Ship Ahead Rather Than Carry Your Gear?, 2/06
Security Screeners and Divers, we get no respect, 9/05 And Don't Forget Your Visa, 6/04 U.S. State Department Warnings, 6/04
Tanks, Rebreather Bottles, and Spare Airs May Be Confiscated, 5/04 Is Your Live-Aboard Safe? – Part II, can you trust it 500 miles at sea?, 6/03 Travel Safety in the Age of Terrorism, Bali? The Red Sea? The Philippines?, 2/03

Other Dangers in Diving

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You’re Flippant and Disrespectful, Ben Davison, readers’ thoughts about dietary issues and diving, 6/14 Another Diver Kidnapping Near Sipadan, 5/14 To Eels, Your Fins May Look Tasty Enough to Bite, 5/14
To Sharks, Divers Plus Lionfish Equals Food, 4/14 When Shark Shields and Great Whites Collide, 10/13 Barracudas’ Nasty Bites Barracudas’ Nasty Bites -- Publicly Available, not only hands -- feet and faces, too, 6/13
Don’t Call Them “Shark Attacks” Anymore, 3/13 Beware of the Hand-Biting Barracudas, 10/12 The Mouthpiece Retainer, 9/12
CO Poisoning Risk Higher Than You Think CO Poisoning Risk Higher Than You Think -- Publicly Available, why and how divers need to protect themselves, 7/12 Four Steps to Ensure Your Air is Clean, 7/12 South Korea Bulks Up on Dive Weapons, 6/12
When You Least Expect It, minor and potentially lethal dive injuries, all in a few days, 5/12 Shark-Repelling Magnets for Divers, they might work, but do you need them?, 10/11 Do You Have Diver’s Mouth?, 9/11
The Most Dangerous Fish The Most Dangerous Fish -- Publicly Available, forget sharks, these are the teeth to be cautious around, 7/11 Hawaii Shark Feeding Tour Controversy Leads to Dismissed Lawsuit and Arson, 2/11 Jim Abernethy Catches a Few Teeth Jim Abernethy Catches a Few Teeth -- Publicly Available, 2/11
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Zen and the Art of Cageless Shark Diving, a rejoinder from Amos Nachoum, 11/10 Saying “No” to South Africa’s Cage Diving, 11/10 Embarrassing Dive Moment Leads to a Major Diet, 2/10
Death of a Shark Diver, Redux, dive ops rely on sharks for business, but it comes at a price, 7/09 A Diver’s Tale of Somali Piracy and the Seychelles Arm, 6/09 Bahamas Bull Shark Bites Back at Irked Spearfisher, 6/09
Sales of “Shark Shields” Soar in Australia, 5/09 Somali Pirates Also Going After Dive Boats, 5/09 Cave Diver Gets Electric Shock, 8/08
Cayman Dive Operators Protest Safety Regulations, 8/08 Update on the Shear Water Shark Attack Incident, 7/08 A Rusty BCD Connection Can Rocket You to The Surface, 3/08
When Needlefish Attack, 1/08 Shields and Repellants to Keep the Sharks Away, 1/08 Many Sunscreens are Short on Protection, 9/07
When Lightning Strikes During a Dive, 9/07 Unlucky Fiji Divers Poisoned by Dinner, undetectable fish toxin, 8/06 Ciguatera Facts, 8/06
When Sharks Hunt Us, who's to blame, how serious is it?, 2/06 Watch That Giant Stride, 9/05 Shark Repellent Being Developed, 8/05
Sharks of the World, 7/05 The Dangers and Thrills of Deep Wreck Diving, 7/04 Fly-By-Night Training, 6/04
How "Advanced" are Advanced Divers?, mistaking “advanced” for “experienced”, 5/04 Electronic Shark Repellent Vindicated, 5/03 Is Your Gear Safe with Nitrox?, at what oxygen content is ignition possible?, 1/03
Is That Welding Oxygen in Your Nitrox Tank?, 1/03    

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