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Eric Douglas

Eric Douglas is an author and journalist known for his thriller novels with scuba diving, environment and ocean themes. He has been a dive instructor and a diver medic and worked for PADI, DAN and has written training articles for Scuba Diving since 2008.
He is also documentarian writing stories about Moskito Indians who scuba dive for lobster and photographing Russia after the Soviet Union broke up.

Bailout | Lessons for Life

Freedivers need to follow safety protocols as much as divers. In this Lessons for Life account, Eric Douglas shares the story of a diver who suffers shallow-water blackout on a dive. Keep reading to find out how you can stay safe freediving.

Shot to the Surface | Lessons for Life

Eighteen dives into a liveaboard trip, an equipment malfunction pushes a diver 90 feet to the surface in about 15 seconds—a rate of about 6 feet per second.

A Night to Remember | Lessons for Life

The excitement of a new experience causes a missed predive safety check, triggering an emergency at the start of a night dive.

Failure to Equalize | Lessons for Life

A new diver commits a cardinal sin: ignoring ear pain during descent. Divers should equalize early and often and never brush off ear pain.

Panic Flow | Lessons for Life

A technical diver cannot be resuscitated after he rejects alternate air sources to address a free-flowing regulator.

Delayed Consequences | Lessons for Life

A diver decides breathing pure oxygen is all she needs to address DCS symptoms, impeading proper treatment.

Current Events | Lessons for Life

A diver ignores nerves to avoid losing money on an expensive dive, a risky choice that leads to a drowning incident he was lucky to survive.

A Costly Prize | Lessons for Life

DCI finds a spearfisher who puts the pursuit of a prize catch over his own safety.

Fishing for Trouble | Lessons for Life

Disaster strikes when a spearfisher neglects to watch his air supply underwater.