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Discover Scuba Diving Is Deadly

two more fatalities - one being a 13-year-old boy

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We've written before about the dangers in Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) experiences, in which an instructor (typically just one) takes people with no dive experience underwater. Last July, we wrote about the death of a 23-year-old Englishwoman during a DSD experience in Queensland, Australia. Two more fatalities recently happened within a month of each other.

A family from Mongolia vacationing on the Hawaiian island of Oahu is currently feeling the tragic loss of their 13-year-old son last month. Temuulin Tsogt, who had no previous ocean or diving experience, drowned on January 5 after an alleged panic attack underwater during a DSD experience in the open ocean with Island Divers Hawaii of Waikiki. His lifeless body was recovered from 60 feet of water with poor visibility, roughly a mile offshore from Maunalua Bay. DSDs are supposed to be conducted in confined or shallow water, with a one-to-one instructor/student ratio, but Tsogt was one of 20 people in the group that day....

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