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Surface Signaling Devices For Scuba Divers

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Surface signalling devices (SSDs) can be categorised into four types: visual, audible, electronic, and night-use. Depending on surface conditions, each type brings its own advantages, so it is best if you carry at least two different types of signaling devices. Most are quite small and can fit neatly into a BC pocket or clip comfortably to a D-ring.

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Dive Safety: Assessing and Respecting Your Limits

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As a diver, you probably know, how important the concept of personal awareness is in an underwater environment. In order to dive safe and avoid injury you have to remain in control of the situation and stay within your individual limits. But how do you define your limits? Many divers, especially those who are new to the sport, can find it difficult to answer this question. So, in this article we will try to help you understand the nature of your limitations, and the right way to assess them.

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Heat Loss and Hypothermia When Diving

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Thermal challenges are among the most common issues that many divers encounter during or in between the dives. The reason for this is that our core temperatures have to stay within a certain, narrow range for our bodies to function properly. Although, getting a bit too hot from waiting in sunshine while wearing a wetsuit or starting to shiver ever so slightly when underwater may seem insignificant, ignoring these signals can lead to serious health problems. Hypothermia, hyperthermia and heat stroke are some of the heat challenges that can result from prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures. In this particular article we are going to focus on hypothermia, so read on, if you want to learn how to prevent, recognize and deal with it.

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Children and Scuba Diving

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Diving is a wonderful activity for the family to do together - it encourages discovery, involves exercise and allows children and their parents to form an even closer bond through a shared experience. However, it is also important to remember that diving is associated with certain inherent risks. While with adults the amount of acceptable risk has been quantified, the question remains a subject of debate when it comes to young kids.

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Panic Underwater: Why Does It Happen And How to Deal With It

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Various surveys indicate that more than a half of all divers have experiencing at least one panic or near-panic episode. If you are among those divers, you must know that it can take only a minute to go from cool as a cucumber to out-of-control condition. Being in a state of panic usually causes divers to behave irrationally and can lead to some dangerous or even fatal incidents. However, all of this is avoidable if the affected diver uses their common sense and follows their basic dive training.

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What to Do When You Surface Away From the Boat

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Last week we have discussed one of the most critical parts of each dive - safe ascent (in case you have missed the article on the topic, you can find it here). If you plan your dive properly, keep your navigation skills sharp, perform all the necessary safety stops and keep an eye on any possible obstacles ahead, you will be able to have a smooth ascent and reboard your boat safely. However, for one reason or another you may encounter difficulties once you surface. So today we have decided to go one step further and direct our attention to yet another important but often overlooked question - what do you do if you surface too far away from the boat?

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