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September 2019    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Vol. 34, No. 9   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Recent Deaths Highlight the Risks for Older Divers

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In the first five months of 2019, five people died in separate diving and snorkeling incidents in the Florida Keys. All but one were over age 55. Their deaths highlight the challenges faced by us divers as we get older.

Scuba diving seems a relaxing experience, but as Ted Clark, associate director for aquatics and scuba diving at Nova South-Eastern University in Four Lauderdale, FL, noted in an interview with Miami radio station WLRN, the sport can be deceptive for recreational divers. "Often these people are returning to a sport they once loved, or they're new to it and crossing it off their bucket list."...


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