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Letters to the Editor: Too Much Weight to Dive?

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Dear Undercurrent,

As a physician (now retired) and 30-plus-year diver, I have been dismayed by the steadily increasing girth of many young and especially aging divers.

When I am on a dive boat and look around, I do think about the increased risk of an underwater cardiac or other medical event and my potential responses. I have wondered just how any divemaster, no matter how strong, would be able to get a 200 to 250-pound distressed or unconscious diver up a ladder into the boat, even in calm seas....


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