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Lessons for Life

A Close Encounter With a Dive Boat Propeller

When diving where boats may be active, you need to take extra precautions to protect yourself. Here’s how one diver learned their lesson—and how you can avoid making a similar mistake.

What to Do When You Overheat While Diving

Failing to stay alert can create a lot of problems in the water. Here’s what happened when one diver ignored the signs of overheating and attempted to dive.

Tied Up | Lessons for Life

Lessons to learn from one man's entanglement accident.

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.