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Photo credit: Ashton East

Diving is not without its risks and when something goes wrong on a dive, there is a chain of events that underpin it. Careful analysis is required to untangle cause and effect – you don’t ‘just drown’.

Photo credit: Brain coral: using that noggin underwater. Image Credit: arthurmlee1 (CC BY 2.0)

The involvement of divers in a psychology experiment published in 1975 led to improvements in our understanding of how the brain functions and how memories are recalled.

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We all know how calming diving can be. But what about those people who are suffering from significant stress such as Post-traumatic stress disorder? A group of divers is helping war veterans heal through SCUBA diving.

Photo credit: Stephen Fink

What started for Dewey Hammond as an exciting exploratory dive with friends in the Caribbean, turned into a near-fatal 7 hour search and rescue operation, all because of a failure to properly plan and take individual responsibility.

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Deep diving has serious consequences for the heart and lungs. The human body is incredibly vulnerable to the environment around it, and people constantly push the limits of their bodies and physiology. But what is the limit?

Photo credit: Million Dollar Point, Ashton East

'Never dive alone’. This mantra is spoken by your open water instructor, boat operators, and is highlighted in all the text books, but increasingly a rule observed in the breach. Perhaps it’s time to bring the discussion around solo diving out into the open.

Photo credit: Peter Southwood

Is it really necessary to complete a safety stop? It’s chilly and the surface is almost within reach – is it really necessary to complete a safety stop before leaving the water? Even recreational dives are decompression dives, a fact so many of us forget.

Ciguatera poisoning Published on: 26th January, 2015 | Dive Safety and Medicine

Ciguatera poisoning is a form of food poisoning caused by eating warm water ocean fish. Diving often takes us to tropical locations where local fish are a big part of the menu so divers should know how to minimise the risk of ciguatera poisoning and be aware of the symptoms.


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