Breaking into Backplates

Recreational divers are using highly customizable backplate-and-wing BCs to improve their trim and meet their needs in varying conditions.

A Black diver is wearing fancy backplates to help them dive

Understanding Our Limits

Gerardo Bosco applies modern technologies in hyperbaric research and has authored more than 100 scientific publications. In dive medicine, he focuses on finding a cause for a known mechanism rather than discovering something unknown.

Dr. Gerardo Bosco takes readings at the entrance of a chamber.

Diving into Lake Champlain’s History

October is the perfect time to enjoy Lake Champlain’s wrecks as well as the surrounding colorful foliage. The dive destination has a lot to offer. Learn more!

Diver Lars Brinkmann illuminates the old wooden ship’s wheel on the wreck of the O.J. Walker, one of 10 historic shipwrecks preserved in Lake Champlain.

A Close Call in the Caribbean

DAN is available to help in all emergencies — not just ones that are dive related. Thanks to DAN, a woman received life-saving kidney stone removal and emergency transportation.

A man in a ball cap is radioing for help while on his boat

Leaping for Love

Blennies have interesting mating rituals — males often change colors to attract a mate.

A male red-streaked blenny displays its normal color pattern.

Complex Exercises for the Body and Brain

Go beyond simple bicep curls and squats and perform moves that exercise your entire body. Complex dumbbell exercises are challenging for both your mind and body.

A man in a white T-shirt is in side-plank position

The Last Unicorns

The pillar coral is as unique in its taxonomy as it is in its growth form. It is also poorly studied — and it is in decline. Efforts have ramped up to study and conserve this species.

A female diver inspects some coral

Explore All Possibilities

Symptoms do not always point to just one definite cause, so it is often just as important to continue listening to the patient and exploring options that might not be immediately apparent.

Bald person gets a medical scan.

Leaves of Grass

Seagrasses have evolved to thrive in marine environments — adapting to shallow, salty or brackish habitats at least three different times over 100 million years.

Electric ray floats above grass

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