The Numbing Concussion of a Fish Bomb Makes a Diver Deaf for Life!

By Lee Peterson It began as a unique dive adventure in Malaysia with a few great companions from China, Japan and Australia. They are specialists in their fields of photography and marine biology. Our plan was to document new diving areas, test new photographic equipment and have fun in the process. Each dive uncovered new…


Dive Flag Becomes a Personal Watercraft Slalom Course!

By James W. Grier, Ph.D. I am a zoologist with a broad interest in animal life, including aquatic types. During my frequent travels, I like to explore local habitats by scuba diving. Although diving alone did not contribute to this particular incident, I was diving alone. I am fully aware of and respect the buddy…


First Night Dive

By Frank Cecil Two years ago, I vacationed in South Florida, making my first dives in a saltwater environment. My buddies were my two younger brothers. Tracy worked for a highly successful dive shop in the area and Tony was visiting my parents, who had just moved to the area. Our beach dive earlier in…


Hose Blowout Knocks Sense Into Vacationing Diver

By Bob Sterner My trip to Fiji from New York had taken months of planning and 18 hours in a plane. All gear; regulators, BC, camera, lights and their backups; had been serviced ahead of schedule to make certain they would not let me down. The planning did pay off. I didn’t even need a…


New Diver’s Faulty Equipment

By Frank Cannon Two weeks after I received my PADI open water certification, I saw an ad in a local dive magazine announcing a dive boat trip to a wreck off San Pedro, California. I was raring to go diving and signed up. I rented a wetsuit and tank and borrowed a friend’s BC and…


Freediver Experiences Shallow Water Blackout

By Stephen Pacetti After scuba diving for nearly 18 years, I began freediving, hoping for a new challenge. As a teenager I had been a competitive swimmer and found I still had some of my earlier stamina. There was also spiritual appeal to freediving; it was like underwater meditation. During Labor Day weekend I planned…


Short Anchorline Causes Boat to Float off into the Inky Dark of Night

By Chip Geisel It was a warm day in August as my 16 foot inflatable pushed its way past the Stonington [Connecticut] breakwater light into Fishers Island Sound. The seas were calm and the night pitch black, except for the lights warning mariners of the dangerous reefs of Little Narragansette Bay and Block Island Sound.…


Excess Caution Leads to Diver’s First Underwater Emergency

By Mtich Coleman For the experienced diver, a novice dive buddy can provide an instant refresher course in underwater safety. My friend Jenny had recently been certified and was making her fifth open water dive when we stepped off a pier into the calm, clear waters of Bonaire. I had brought Jenny to this island…


Wild Ride in the Cape Cod Canal

By David Paling It was August. The three of us had gathered on a small beach in Sandwich, Massachusetts, to dive for lobsters. We had brought a surfboard along; a battered, eight foot fiberglass model that once did time as a rescue board for Cape Cod lifeguards. We hoped to reach deep water with this…


The Wreck Dive From Hell

By GARY P. PRICE I recently went on a vacation after a six month hiatus from diving. On the last day of the trip I experienced a bad deep wreck dive, which I never want to repeat. I share my mistakes-and those of others-in the hope that recreational diving safety will be served. The dive…