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Scuba Diving While Pregnant - Research and Practical Considerations

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Is it ok for a woman to scuba dive while pregnant? The simple answer to this question is that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Divers Alert Network (DAN) and most dive organizations recommend no diving for the duration of the pregnancy. However, the rationale behind the assumption that diving and pregnancy don’t mix is not so straightforward.

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The Many Uses of Hyperbaric Chambers

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As a diver, you’re probably familiar with the term “hyperbaric chamber”, and may have even taken a tour of one. Did you know, however, that hyperbaric chambers come in different types, sizes and operate for many different purposes? So, let’s go ahead and learn a bit more about hyperbaric chambers.

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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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