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January 2015    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Vol. 30, No. 1   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Aging Divers Have Their Limits

here’s how our readers deal with them

from the January, 2015 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

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We received a lot of information from Undercurrent readers about aging and diving, which we turned into our November story, "Are You Too Old to Dive?" That brought more feedback, as additional readers chimed in with their thoughts, suggestions and comments about the health hazards of being an older diver.

Michael Zagachin (Peabody, MA) has this advice: Get into diving shape, no matter how old you are. "I am a 67-year-old diver who cycles 5,000 miles a year, riding 60 miles per time on average. When winter comes, it is cross-country skiing up and down the New Hampshire hills. And in the off-season, I alternate between the weight room and the pool before work every day."

Most divers won't replicate Zagachin's regimen, but staying in shape is key because diving is a true stressor. In fact, the most prevalent cause of diving deaths is a heart attack. As Zagachin adds, "I have never seen more unfit, fat and borderline obese people than on dive boats. Sometimes they are young and are diving because that is the only activity that requires no fitness whatsoever."...


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