Checklists

Checklists may be the missing tool to safer diving. Checklists are used in other fields, not just diving, like aviation and surgery. Read more about the history and importance of checklists.

Male diver is sitting down and hand with checklist is in foreground

To Lie or Not to Lie?

When signing in for a dive, the medical statement can feel both burdensome and an invasion of privacy. You may want to lie. However, medical statements are an important element of dive safety.

Perspective diver prepares to fill out medical statements and cartoony devil and angel are on his shoulders

More Than Just Bubbles

While prevention against decompression sickness, it’s relatively rare. Comparatively, there are more common hazards to divers. Read more.

Paramedics tend to a cyclist with a head injury

Shallow-Water Arterial Gas Embolisms

Pulmonary barotrauma can occur in a shallow swimming pool if a diver holds their breath during ascent or inadvertently floats to the surface while holding their breath. Most dive-related pulmonary barotraumas occur in compressed-gas diving due to pulmonary overinflation during a breath-hold ascent. Pulmonary barotrauma can occur even with normal breathing if there is an obstruction in the bronchial tree that prevents one lung segment’s normal ventilation.

Even in shallow water and while preoccupied with other tasks, it is important to breathe continuously. Relax and breathe normally during ascent to help avoid pulmonary barotrauma.

Lionfish Stings

Lionfish are fascinating and beautiful creatures, but they can cause serious injuries as well as environmental problems outside their normal range.

A melancholy lionfish swims about looking for someone to sting.

Acclimatization

Acclimatization is the adaptation to natural exposure, but could this apply and alter decompression stress? One research team looked at how acclimatization and repeatedly diving could impact someone’s predisposition to decompression sickness.

Diver blows into a tube and other man monitors on laptop

Beware the Mooring Lines

Divers have become more susceptible to stings and other injuries when trying to grasp permanent mooring lines. Learn why this has become a problem and how to manage injuries.

Three divers pause on a mooring line for a stop during their ascent

Finding Your Fitness

As with any exercise, it is important to honestly and accurately assess your fitness level before diving. There are assessments you can do at home to test your fitness for dive and ensure you’re in good health.

Female swimmer swims laps

Survive Your Dive

Recommendations created by several safety-oriented organizations want to ensure that scuba remains a safe sport. Read their six recommendations.

Helicopter crew member works with a hoist. The helicopter is above the ocean. A boat is in the background

Sound in the Silence

Audible cues and signals can get your buddy’s attention, signal a group of divers or indicate a problem you can help address. Even though we may dive to escape the noise of everyday life, we need to pay attention to the sounds around us. Doing so could make your dive even more special because your buddy got your attention to see something remarkable — or you may even save a life.

diver holds a noisemaker underwater