Diseases & Conditions

Women’s Health and Diving

Women face unique needs in terms of overall health — including certain cancers or complications from procedures. Learn about common health conditions women face and how the conditions could impact diving.

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Psychological Issues and Diving

Certain psychological issues can impact diving negatively. Learn more about select psychological issues and substance abuses, their possible treatments and implications in diving.

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Breast Implants and Diving

Like any procedure, you should consult with your physician and surgeon about the surgery implications for diving. The primary concerns for breast implants are recovering from the surgery and being fit to make a safe return to diving.

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Wisdom Tooth Extraction and Diving

Wisdom tooth extraction is a standard dental procedure, but one that could impact diving. If your dentist recommends having your wisdom teeth removed, you should plan to do it well before diving. There are some aspects of the procedure that will affect how soon after you can resume diving. Maintaining your dental health is part of being fit to dive.

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Box Jellyfish

Box jellyfish are incredibly poisonous, and a sting could result in death. Learn more about these creatures and what to do should you come across one.

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Hot Tubs After Diving

Getting into a hot tub after diving alters decompression stress. The response could be positive or negative depending on the magnitude of the inert gas load and the heat stress. Learn more about how to prevent any negative symptoms.

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Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO)

Patent foramen ovale (PFO) is a common heart defect that divers may not be aware of until having multiple instances of decompression illness. If you have a positive test for a PFO, there are several ways you can manage the condition.

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Pacemakers

Pacemakers are incredibly helpful as they regulate the heart rhythm. If you have a pacemaker, find out what you need to know about your cardiovascular condition and fitness to dive.

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Portuguese Man-of-War (Bluebottle)

Although colorful and jellyfish-like, Portuguese man-of-wars are most hazardous to divers while surfacing. Read more about this sea creature and what to do should you get stung.

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Cone Snails

Don’t let the beautiful shells fool you — these gastropods are incredibly poisonous. Follow these protocols if you come across one. Always err on the side of caution.

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