Last updated February 1, 2005
To determine whether divers were getting good air, researchers ordered 27 air samples and 11 EAN Nitrox samples ranging from 32 to 36 percent from local U.S. dive stores. In this random sampling, three air-quality discrepancies were found. Additionally, there were three significant discrepancies between store-measured EAN and actual TRI-measured oxygen percentage. Two of the three discrepancies would have decreased the acceptable maximum depth of the dive.
In a disturbing trend, we are hearing more "Undercurrent" readers' accounts of being charged excess luggage fees from airlines when they travel, being denied permission to check some scuba equipment with their checked luggage, being subjected to extensive searches, and having bags or items stolen. If you have had any recent problems with traveling with scuba gear, your input could be helpful to an upcoming "Undercurrent" article. Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
Drs. David Colvard and Tom Skalko are proposing a research study of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) in divers who were in, under, on, or near the water on December 26, 2004, when the Indonesian tsunami hit. They believe PTSD may become a barrier to returning to the water for some of these divers. Participation in the study will be entirely voluntary.
In order to dive the Red Sea, live-aboard divers will now be required to:
* Possess one SMB (surface marker buoy) per diver and, within buddy pairs, possess at least one dive light, no matter what time of day the dive occurs;
* Possess medical certification of fitness to dive, issued less than one year before the start of the trip;
* Possess diving accident insurance.
* Possess medical certification and accident insurance.
In our last e-mail, we mentioned the French painter JeanMare Cadoret, who specializes in oil-on-canvas underwater paintings, some of which he says he actually paints while underwater.
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