Be your own buddy: 10 self-rescue tips

Ten tips to rescue one's self in a dive emergency were presented. Proper training tops the list followed by experience. Air sharing should be...

Body fat – how to tell how much you’ve got

Extra fat weight provides divers benefits such as increased buoyancy, extra padding and insulation. However, some diving authorities have pinpointed the health problems and increased risk of decompression...

Inflatables – are they the boat for you?

Are you looking for an alternative to driving from crowded charter boats or beach dives on murky, picked-over reefs? Why not consider an inflatable...

Tropical night diving

Tropical night diving is fun, easy and safe with the use of proper lighting equipment, clothing and techniques. Divers who are doing it for the first time need...

Sea stings

The Pacific Ocean contains some of the most dangerous jellyfish in the world such as the Portuguese man-of-war and the sea wasp. The best...

The 5 sharks most dangerous to divers

The three most dangerous sharks are the Great White, the Tiger and the Bull. The next most dangerous are the Gray Reef and the Silky, although...

BC survival skills: how to make a safe ascent

Making a safe ascent with a buoyancy compensator (BC) depends on how the equipment is used. Six techniques for ascending safely with the use of a...

Advanced diving: diving in zero visibility

Divers should be able to cope with a sudden loss of underwater visibility. Divers faced with this predicament can feel around their regulators' exhaust ports...

Coronary Artery Disease and Scuba Diving

We have heard from a number of divers who developed coronary artery disease and required bypass surgery to obtain relief from their symptoms. The question that...

Diving from surface support craft

Small boat diving entails many risks and should always be done with careful planning and with a companion. It requires competent seamanship and diving...

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Misguided rescue

An effective dive rescue or search operation requires training, experience, planning and proper equipment. Divers should not join in any dive rescue operation unless the person...

Scuba fitness: back pain

Back pain is one of the common ailments among divers. It usually arises from bad posture and improper lifting practices. In addition, weak muscles and lack...

The diver’s most deadly disease

Ask new scuba divers about the bends and they're likely to mumble something about bubbles in the bloodstream and pain in the elbow or...

Scuba fitness: just overdo it

Excessive exercise can result in sore muscles, chronic injury and burnout. For scuba divers who want to stay physically fit, it would be wise...

Sixgill shark: a primeval visitor from the abyss

Since the 1950s, when spearfishing was a central focus of the sport dive, there has been a shift in popular emphasis to hunting with...