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Like all adventure sports, scuba diving comes with risk, but with proper preparation, these can be minimized. In today’s evolving diving world, it is important to have an up-to-date safety and rescue resource—Scuba Diving Safety. This vital reference arms serious and advanced divers with buddy and self-rescue techniques, first aid advice, and safety recommendations for virtually any type of dive location or scenario. Novice divers can benefit from real-life scenarios and lessons learned while diving.
Through this easy-to-understand guide, scuba enthusiasts will learn about the full range of dive environments and safety precautions. They will find rescue techniques for surface and underwater situations, open-water resuscitation, and removing a diver from water. Included are strategies for avoiding and surviving entanglements, currents and dams, overhead environments, faulty or damaged equipment, and dangerous marine life.
Veteran dive instructors and safety personnel Dan Orr and Eric Douglas share real-life situations and resolutions that bring instruction to life and make Scuba Diving Safety an essential resource for anyone involved in underwater exploration.
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Chapter 1. Safety and Prevention
Chapter 2. Equipment Use and Maintenance
Chapter 3. Emergency Assistance Plans and Evacuation
Chapter 4. Emergency Recognition and Prevention
Chapter 5. Missing Diver Search
Chapter 6. Surface Rescue Techniques
Chapter 7. Underwater Rescue Techniques
Chapter 8. Open-Water Resuscitation
Chapter 9. Towing and Removal From Water
Chapter 10. Dry-Land Resuscitation
Chapter 11. Diving First Aid
Special Environments and Situations
Chapter 12. Currents and Dams
Chapter 13. Overheads and Entanglements
Chapter 14. Dangerous Marine Life
Chapter 15. Freediving
Dan Orr is president and CEO of the Divers Alert Network (DAN), an international scuba diving safety organization. A veteran diver of more than 40 years, Orr joined DAN in 1991 and immediately established the DAN training department and the Oxygen for Scuba Diving course, a standard in the dive industry.
Orr has held membership and leadership positions in many notable diving organizations such as National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI), Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), Association of Canadian Underwater Councils (ACUC), Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), National Academy of Scuba Educators (NASE), International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers (IANTD), Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), National Association For Cave Diving (NACD), the Historical Diving Society, Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences, the Institute of Diving, and the Explorers Club. He is chairman of the board of the Historical Diving Society and secretary of the DEMA board of directors. He has several specialty certifications, including full cave diver, rescue diver, and rapid response rescue and recovery. Orr has authored, coauthored, or reviewed more than 15 books and manuals on scuba and various aspects of scuba safety and rescue.
Eric Douglas is director of training at the Divers Alert Network (DAN), where he researches and develops dive safety training programs. He is also a diver medical technologist, a dive instructor, and master trainer for first aid and basic life support. Douglas worked for the world's largest dive training organization, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), where he helped develop training materials and served as the assistant editor of Undersea Journal, a publication read by more than 150,000 professional divers worldwide. Trained as a journalist with a degree from Marshall University, Douglas has written thousands of stories and three fictional books involving diving.