Field Expedient First Aid

When operating without a first aid kit, or caught with more victims than your kit can provide for, you can use items you already have. The diving mask can be used as a small splint or sling. All divers should carry knives for cutting, but if needed the glass of a mask may be used. […]

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Instruction & Learning

Before any team can go into operation they must first be trained. All new members coming on a team must be trained to the Team’s standards. Finally the team must have an on going continuing education program to maintain proficiency and remain up to date. Every member must be a competent instructor. This is because […]

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MR imaging of the central nervous system in diving-related decompression illness

MR imaging of the central nervous system in diving-related decompression illness

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Physiological responses to cold exposure in men, a disabled submarine study

Physiological responses to cold exposure in men: a disabled submarine study.

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Starting a dive team or improving the one you have

By Andrea Zaferes The following article addresses the needs of teams who have water with low to zero visibility in their district with depths up to 60 feet, which includes almost all teams around the world. The majority of the equipment discussed also applies to high visibility operations. Additional equipment is needed for deeper dives. […]

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There Are no Flags In Underwater Vehicle Extraction

By Walt “Butch” Hendrick and Andrea Zaferes The Miracle Girl scenario: At 9:00 on the night of February 25, 1985, a van with five young passengers sped down a city street, and then lost control. It flew off of a ten-foot-high embankment, and plunged into fifteen feet of water in the Mill Basin Creek in […]

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Where to Start Looking

How Do You Know Where to Start Looking? Craig Nelson, Team Lifeguard Systems Whether you search with grappling hooks or divers, whether you search in fresh or salt water, or whether you operate in a rescue or recovery mode, there is one thing you need: a starting point to begin your search. Witness information often […]

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Case Studies of Public Service Fatalities

The following case histories were compiled by University of Rhode Island researcher John McAniss. A 41-year-old fire captain carrying out a body search with a newly formed scuba team was retrieved from 30 feet after it was noted on the surface that his regulator was free-flowing. Autopsy showed drowning, but damage occurred before or during […]

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