Ready for your end of year getaway? Read this first!

With the holiday season fast approaching, many divers are likely to have plans for a diving trip away, so we’ve put together a collection of Travel Tips that will help ensure your gear is ready and your stomach remains healthy.

Getting ready for your end of year getaway? Read this first!

With the holiday season fast approaching, many divers are likely to have plans for a diving trip away, so we’ve put together a collection of Travel Tips that will help ensure your gear is ready and your stomach remains healthy. After all, no one wants a stomach bug or gear issue ruining the precious time they have on a much looked forward to break! Continue reading “Ready for your end of year getaway? Read this first!”

The Denial that Damaged my Brain

DCS can be a very subtle sickness, something we can easily deny and put down to the tiredness of a busy dive schedule, or change of routine. But the effects, even after treatment, can be lasting.

Even though DCS might seem subtle, it could be serious. DAN AP Member Alice Grainger shares her experience of denying her decompression sickness due to the lack of the usual physical symptoms, until she decided her brain clearly wasn’t working, and went to seek medical help. With comments by DAN AP Founder, John Lippmann. Continue reading “The Denial that Damaged my Brain”

Guidelines for Exercising Before, During and After Diving

Ever wondered about the effects of exercising before, during and after diving? DAN AP’s Founder, John Lippmann, provides some general advice.

Ever wondered about the effects of exercising before, during and after diving? DAN AP’s Founder, John Lippmann, provides some general advice. Continue reading “Guidelines for Exercising Before, During and After Diving”

Party on… not! The dangers of partying too hard the night before

Excerpt: Divers often gather for a beer or two after a long day of diving, and some drink more than just one or two! What are the risks – especially when we are likely to get back in the water early the next morning?

Divers often gather for a beer or two after a long day of diving, and some, let’s face it, drink more than just one or two! But what are the risks involved in doing this, especially when we are likely to get back in the water early the next morning? Continue reading “Party on… not! The dangers of partying too hard the night before”

Top Ten Tips for Easy Equalisation

We all occasionally have a problem clearing the ears. Here are ten tips for easy equalisation which should reduce any problems significantly.

We all occasionally have a problem clearing the ears. Here are ten tips for easy equalisation which should reduce any problems significantly.

1 Listen For the ‘pop’

Before you even board the boat, make sure that when you swallow you hear a ‘pop’ or ‘click’ in both ears. This tells you both Eustachian tubes are open.

2 Start Early

Several hours before your dive, begin gently equalising your ears every few minutes. “This has great value and is said to help reduce the chances of a block early on descent,” says Dr. Ernest S. Campbell, webmaster of ‘Diving Medicine Online.’ “Chewing gum between dives seems to help.” adds Dr. Campbell.

Continue reading “Top Ten Tips for Easy Equalisation”

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