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Bends, DCS (Decompression Sickness), Embolism

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Calculating a Healthy Ascent, there aren’t any bad computers anymore, 8/16 Your Guide to Conservative Computer Settings, 8/16 Deep Vein Thrombosis and Decompression Sickness, 7/16
Nine Million Dollar Wrongful Death Lawsuit, instructor and even physician sued, 7/16 That Deep Stop Option on Your Computer That Deep Stop Option on Your Computer -- Publicly Available, forget about it, 4/16 What Rats Can Tell Us about Drinking, Diving and DCS, 2/16
Dehydration and Diving: Facts and Myths, 6/15 Could This Diver’s Death Have Been Prevented?, 6/15 Two Good Reads for Reducing Your Dive Risks, 4/15
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
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Palau’s Chamber is Working Again, But Not Full-Time, 6/12 Flying After Diving: A Threat Worse than the Bends, 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 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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The Failure to Understand Your Computer The Failure to Understand Your Computer -- Publicly Available, 8/16 Your Guide to Conservative Computer Settings, 8/16 Six Hours Adrift Alone, a stirring tale of Australian true grit, 8/16
Skipper’s Remorse at Loss of Diver., 8/16 A Tragically Glamorous Underwater Shoot A Tragically Glamorous Underwater Shoot -- Publicly Available, leaves super model dead, 7/16 Why So Many Maui Shark Attacks?, 7/16
Nine Million Dollar Wrongful Death Lawsuit, instructor and even physician sued, 7/16 $25 Million Lawsuit on Rebreather Death, 6/16 Most Dangerous Inland America Dive Sites?, 5/16
Snorkler Mauled to Death in Raja Ampat by a Dinosaur, 5/16 An Unusual Cause of Diver Deaths and What You Can Do To Prevent It, 4/16 A Death Attributed to Rental Gear A Death Attributed to Rental Gear -- Publicly Available, 3/16
A Spate of Dive Accidents in Thailand, 3/16 Florida Diver Sucked into Pipe Brings Suit, 3/16 Charges Dropped for Diver Blamed for His Friends’ Deaths, 3/16
Diving Safer as We Age, learning from the deaths of diving friends, 3/16 The Sun Diver Loses Another Diver, 2/16 Why Divers Die, factors to consider before you go underwater, 2/16
Getting a Post-Dive Call from the U.S. Air Force, 2/16 What Really Happened to the Truk Siren?, 2/16 Why These Readers Refuse to Give Up Their Spare Air, 1/16
Jennifer Aniston’s New Husband Needs Better Dive Training, 1/16 A Wacky Instructor’s Course Leads to Bent Diver’s $15,000 Settlement, 1/16 Judge Rules That a Liability Waiver Doesn’t Cover Snorkeling, 1/16
Two Deadly Dive Sites, where Americans rarely go, thankfully, 1/16 The Hazards of Diving Choppy Waters, 1/16 Hammerhead on the California Coast: “It Kept Coming At Me”, 11/15
No Diver Left Behind: Part II, what works, what doesn’t, to get divers back aboard, 11/15 No Diver Left Behind?, still no foolproof system to get divers get back on board, 10/15 DAN’s Underwater Drone for Solo Divers, 9/15
Diver Charged with Involuntary Homicide for Friends’ Deaths;, 9/15 A Fatal Attempt at a World Record, this diver and his support team were just too cocky, 9/15 Palau Siren Grounds and Floods Palau Siren Grounds and Floods -- Publicly Available, that’s five disasters for eight Siren boats in six years, 9/15
The Total Anguish of a Lionfish Sting, physical, mental, financial -- and a trip to the “butt doctor”, 9/15 Lessons Learned from Dead Divers, 8/15 What’s Going on with the Aggressor Fleet?, $500 vouchers may not be enough to quiet complaints, 8/15
Three Men and No Boat, 8/15 The Biggest Dive Lawsuit Payout to Date The Biggest Dive Lawsuit Payout to Date -- Publicly Available, father and son get $12 million after being run over by dive boat, 7/15 Could This Diver’s Death Have Been Prevented?, 6/15
“They Confirmed He was Dead, Then Left . . . Without the Body”, 6/15 Brutal Murder of Stuart Cove’s Dock Manager, Bahamas’ crime rate is far higher than NYC or Chicago, 6/15 A Bad Night on the Wind Dancer, divers and crew endangered as reef rips open hull, 6/15
Regulator-Ripping Diver Sentenced in Underwater Attacks, 4/15 A Tragedy of Dive Errors A Tragedy of Dive Errors -- Publicly Available, Major bends in Rangiroa leads to a $7.8 million settlement, 4/15 Life and Death on the Reef, the tale of an Indonesia dive gone wrong in so many ways, 3/15
Stop Panic Before It Starts Underwater, simple exercises every diver should do, 3/15 Dead Diver’s Wife Sues a Shadow Diver Star Dead Diver’s Wife Sues a Shadow Diver Star -- Publicly Available, grief and greed made this case go on too long, 3/15 The Aftermath of a Fatal Dive Accident, John Bantin tries to save a life but still gets attacked in court, 2/15
Just Drop It!, 2/15 Bahamas Shark Attacks Snorkeler, 2/15 Can Jennifer Lawrence Turn Freediving Into a Blockbuster ?, 2/15
The High-Tech Search for a Dead Diver in a Quarry, 1/15 Diving into the Heart of Trouble, 1/15 A Diver’s Estate Sues for His Wrongful Death, 1/15
Stay Clear of Exploding Tanks, how to evaluate tank safety on dive trips overseas, 11/14 New Life-Saving Gear for Freedivers, 10/14 Anatomy of a Dive Death, how coroners figure out why divers met their end, 10/14
Father and Son Divers Sue the Boat that Hit Them, 10/14 PADI’s Wicked Ways, throwing a divemaster under the bus, and colluding with plaintiffs, 10/14 “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
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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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 2/11
Barracuda Attacks, why divers can’t take them for granted, 1/11 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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Calculating a Healthy Ascent, there aren’t any bad computers anymore, 8/16 Your Guide to Conservative Computer Settings, 8/16 Deep Vein Thrombosis and Decompression Sickness, 7/16
A Tragically Glamorous Underwater Shoot A Tragically Glamorous Underwater Shoot -- Publicly Available, leaves super model dead, 7/16 Dark Chocolate: It Doesn’t Just Taste Good, It’s Good For Your Diving, 4/16 An Unusual Cause of Diver Deaths and What You Can Do To Prevent It, 4/16
Does Diving Make You Daft?, 3/16 What Rats Can Tell Us about Drinking, Diving and DCS, 2/16 Chest Pain in Older Divers, 9/15
Lessons Learned from Dead Divers, 8/15 How to Breathe Underwater, or, how to master the “dive deeper, breathe slower” approach, 7/15 A Better Heart-Check Tool than a Stress Test?, 7/15
Dehydration and Diving: Facts and Myths, 6/15 Heart Health in Older Divers, are stress tests and defibrillators really that helpful?, 5/15 To Avoid Hypothermia, Divers Should Stay “in the Hood”, 4/15
Stop Panic Before It Starts Underwater, simple exercises every diver should do, 3/15 British Report on Dive Deaths: The Aging Diver Is at Risk, 2/15 Aging Divers Have Their Limits, here’s how our readers deal with them, 1/15
Diving into the Heart of Trouble, 1/15 Are You Too Old to Dive? Are You Too Old to Dive? -- Publicly Available, or do some dive operators just practice age discrimination?, 11/14 The World’s Oldest Diver, 11/14
Anatomy of a Dive Death, how coroners figure out why divers met their end, 10/14 Does Diving Affect Your Hearing?, 10/14 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
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Why You Might Remove Your Regulator When You Shouldn’t, 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 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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Mosquitoes and Malaria, Too many divers ignore the threat, 8/16 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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Effective Product to Stop Dangerous Jellyfish Stings, 5/16 Time to Replace that Old Wetsuit?, selecting the one that will last ‘til your last dive, 3/16 The Lionfish Hunter, 11/15
This Sunscreen May Indeed Have No Effect on Marine Life, 9/15 The Total Anguish of a Lionfish Sting, physical, mental, financial -- and a trip to the “butt doctor”, 9/15 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  
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The Painful, Disabling Sting of a Lionfish, a reef scientist’s firsthand encounter, 10/11 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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Snorkels: Love ’em or Hate ’em? Snorkels: Love ’em or Hate ’em? -- Publicly Available, mixed feelings about snorkels for scuba, 6/16 Jennifer Aniston’s New Husband Needs Better Dive Training, 1/16 The Shortcomings of Winged BCs The Shortcomings of Winged BCs -- Publicly Available, do single-tank divers really need them?, 1/16
No Diver Left Behind: Part II, what works, what doesn’t, to get divers back aboard, 11/15 Do Sport Divers Need a Spare Air?, not if they’re paying attention, 11/15 No Diver Left Behind?, still no foolproof system to get divers get back on board, 10/15
Why Don’t Pre-Dive Checklists and North Carolina Mix?, 1/15 Should Diver Certification Last Forever? Should Diver Certification Last Forever? -- Publicly Available, not if you haven’t dived since J.R. Ewing was shot, 1/15 Aging Divers Have Their Limits, here’s how our readers deal with them, 1/15
Are You Too Old to Dive? Are You Too Old to Dive? -- Publicly Available, or do some dive operators just practice age discrimination?, 11/14 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    
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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, contacts, lens inserts, prescription mask or magnifying glass?, 9/11
The Mask-under-the-Chin Syndrome, 7/11 Emergency Breathing from Your BCD, 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 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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Your Dive Travel Agent and Frequent Flyer Miles Your Dive Travel Agent and Frequent Flyer Miles -- Publicly Available, 8/16 Mosquitoes and Malaria, Too many divers ignore the threat, 8/16 Deep Vein Thrombosis and Decompression Sickness, 7/16
A Death Attributed to Rental Gear A Death Attributed to Rental Gear -- Publicly Available, 3/16 Diving Vessel Inspections, not all insured liveaboards have been thoroughly checked, 1/16 New Rules for Lithium-Ion Batteries on Airplanes, 11/15
Security Concerns for Diving in Malaysia, 11/15 Egypt? Now? Yes!, 11/14 Choosing a Safe Liveaboard, don’t just pick one for the large cabin and camera room plugs, 10/14
Choose Your Dive Boat Wisely Choose Your Dive Boat Wisely -- Publicly Available, three Thai liveaboards sink in three weeks, 3/14    
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Flying After Diving: A Threat Worse than the Bends, 3/12 In Case a Stingray City Denizen Bites off Your Hand, 5/11 Cure Jet Lag Without Drugs, 4/11
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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Shark Shocker Tested , 8/16 California Great White Shark Population on the Rise, 7/16 Why So Many Maui Shark Attacks?, 7/16
Snorkler Mauled to Death in Raja Ampat by a Dinosaur, 5/16 Outrage over Shark Dives in New Zealand and A Call for Cayman to Allow Shark Dives, 3/16 Latest Shark Research: Shields Are Effective, Bubble Curtains Aren’t, 8/15
A Bad Night on the Wind Dancer, divers and crew endangered as reef rips open hull, 6/15 More Shark-Stopping Devices on the Market, do they work? And why do I think about goat implants?, 1/15 Does Diving Affect Your Hearing?, 10/14
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    
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Beware of the Hand-Biting Barracudas, 10/12 The Mouthpiece Retainer, 9/12 CO Poisoning Risk Higher Than You Think, 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, 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, 2/11 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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