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Latest from the Incident Insights series by Divers Alert Network The Diver The diver was a 45-year-old male dive instructor with approximately 300 lifetime dives. He denied taking any medication and reported no history of medical conditions. The Dives The diver was teaching an advanced open-water course at a local lake popular with divers. The water temperature ranged from 78°F to 92°F. He was accompanied by his wife, who was assisting the class as a divemaster, for a series of five dives over the weekend. They completed three dives on Saturday with long surface intervals between the dives followed by…

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If you do fun diving in the winter you will probably have noticed already that many dry suits, due to their attachment of seals, create cold bridges in the wrists. A simple solution against this is a pair of arm warmers made from old neoprene gloves. Possible cold bridge: Between seal and glove In many dry suits the cuffs are glued onto the outside on the ends of the arms. While this makes them easier to repair, it also provides an ideal surface for cold water. Diving with wet gloves here forms a section in which the undergarment no longer…

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Hello Fellow Divers & History interested people …… Following Scarborough Underwater Club Inc’s January 15 7:30pm meeting at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, we will have a special presentation by Bil Thuma, a Geophysicist. A graduate of Michigan Technological University, specializing in RADAR ground penetration, Bil has been involved in ground and underwater searches throughout the world and has been instrumental in locating historically significant aircraft on three continents. A flight of U.S. military aircraft from WWII that had landed on the Greenland ice 60 years earlier was found more than 200 feet below the ice in 1992. This…

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Curiously minded divers may have happened upon the latest and most exciting gold rush – South Africa’s diamond diving craze. According to Bloomberg, there could be up to 1.5bn carats worth of diamonds across the south coast of Africa, with South Africa offering up the safest and most lucrative adventures. That’s the best part – you can dive for diamonds as a tourist, safely, and without risking injury or falling on the wrong side of the law. The rewards on offer The major pull of the diamond diving industry is the prospect of ethically sourced diamonds. The effects of blood diamonds have blighted…

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There are currently 2 billion people around the world living with a disability, of which some 20% experience significant limitations every day, according to the World Health Organization. It’s no wonder then, that when people with these disabilities have the opportunity to try scuba diving, their reaction can be one of total joy. As wheelchair user and diving advocate Cody Unser puts it, in the water “I’m free!”  The weightless environment of diving is certainly a great advantage for people who face physical challenges on land, but it can also provide a huge boost to mental health, easing anxiety and depression too. Diving and…

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I recently went along to a local screening of The Ocean Film Festival. An event I attend every year that always leaves me inspired and motivated about my next dive trip. As I sat there watching this arrangement of incredible short films, a stone’s throw away from my third trimester, I thought about my own connections to the big blue and how much I was missing it. Keeping a strong connection with the ocean has been my biggest challenge whilst being unable to dive. So, how can we, as pregnant women, keep our beloved ocean close now that diving is…

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Caring for a new born or any aged child obviously puts some limitation on how much you can dive or travel, however teaching diving is like any other job in many ways and having children shouldn’t prohibit that in any way. Making things work and changing life styles just mean that fitting things in needs more attention. Children are demanding, sleep depriving, stamina testing but you can do it. Reasons not to give up that job you love: You trained hard to get to where you are.You became a dive instructor for a reason and it is important not to…

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