Non-divers don’t generally regard scuba as an arduous sport. But they've never hauled a 50-pound tank around a moving boat … or tried to swim through currents and get in and out of the rolling seas with one strapped to their back. Speaking of backs, it’s the part that bears the brunt of our efforts, so it’s important to keep it strong, so aches and pains don’t derail your next dive. Here’s how:
There’s a reason people flock to the ocean when it’s hot. Submerging in cool water draws heat from your body at a rapid rate and lowers your core temperature. That’s great if you’re taking a quick dip to cool off, not so great when you’re 30 feet below the surface trying to appreciate the parrotfish.
The data are clear that the average age of the recreational diver is rising, and that the number of total knee replacements (TKR) per year are steadily increasing and more common with age. Surely there is a meaningful overlap of these sets. What should the diver considering having, or already having undergone, TKR be aware of?
Unless you happen to live right next door to paradise, chances are you need to fly to dive — at least some of the time. Aside from being stressful and dehydrating, air travel often means crossing time zones, which can leave you with a case of jet lag — and the insomnia, exhaustion, headache and general malaise that comes with it.