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Hydration, Diving, and SIPE, the Killer

when too much water is a danger

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As divers, when it comes to medical issues, we may be guilty of focusing too much on a single issue when there are other issues at stake too. Take, for instance, being adequately hydrated to avoid DCS.

It's well known that a dehydrated diver is at much greater risk of getting DCS when diving within what is assumed to be the safe parameters of either dive tables or dive computers. A dehydrated diver who gets a bends hit may not have drunk enough water, or perhaps he had drunk too much alcohol the night before, which suppresses the production of an anti-diuretic hormone, causing him to urinate more and dehydrate himself. (Surely you know how beer seems to pass right through you. Well, it does, dehydrating you.)...

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