Out-of-air situations are the most common cause of fatal diving accidents. Surprisingly, these problems sometimes occur at the very beginning of dives when the diver should still have a full tank of compressed gas. How is this possible?
Hyperbaric chambers are often the definitive treatment for decompression illness. There are also several different types of chambers, not all are suitable for treating decompression illness. Read more about hyperbaric chambers, treatments and availability.
Immersion pulmonary edema (IPE) is observed in swimmers and divers with no apparent underlying medical condition. Pulmonary edema is an abnormal leakage of fluid from the bloodstream into the alveoli. Our experts answer your IPE questions.
How do you determine what’s safe and what’s not? Dive computers have mostly replaced the common usage of decompression tables in rec diving. However, there is a lack of hard data on the validation of decompression safety. Read more.
Can oxygen first aid be considered a definitive treatment for post-dive symptoms? Our experts weigh in on this treatment option.
A lot of research has been done on life expectancy, but does recreational diving make an impact? We asked the experts some burning questions.
Cave diver Ben Reymenants discusses the challenges of rescuing young soccer players from a cave in Thailand.
Consumers who use sunscreen have both environmental and health questions about these products, especially as cities and states in the U.S. as well as Caribbean and Pacific destinations begin to either enact or consider sunscreen bans. The ingredients and effects of commercially available sunscreens are controversial among health experts as well as ecologists, and it’s difficult to determine the effectiveness of sunscreen. Other considerations are the link between sunburns and cancer as well as the varied uptake of sunscreen application for people of different races, sexes and levels of outdoor activity.
If you have a history of head injuries, it may impact your ability to dive. Our experts answer questions pertaining to head injuries.
Divers with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder could be at risk for serious injuries. Our experts answered questions pertaining to diving and ADHD.