The response to my recent Undercurrent blog posting (about stupid rules) from so many readers left me chuckling at their own experiences with nit-picking nonsensical rules enforced by the “village idiots” that somehow end up as divemasters or instructors. I’ve enjoyed reading your input and am cheered to know so many of you share my … Read more
In the July issue of Undercurrent, you may have read the “Death of a Shark Diver, Redux” story. In the last part, Vanessa Richardson wrote about a French snorkeler in the Red Sea who bled to death from an oceanic whitetip’s bite. It most likely happened because two safari boats had been feeding sharks in … Read more
A dive trip used to be the prefect opportunity to get away from the real world and concentrate on the fish, but are formerly intrepid divers succumbing to the fear (real or imagined) of being caught in a terrorist attack?
Despite notable advances by various medical insurers and professional organizations, recompression treatment and, even more so, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) remain open to abuse by uninformed, unqualified and unscrupulous practitioners. The following inquiry I received a while back is a prime example: **** Dear Doc, My friend was treated for DCI in Belize. He complained … Read more
The diving industry has a lot of rules that most of us are told to follow. But many of these should be chunked — here we take a look at several and tell you why you can or should ignore them.