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Lessons for Life

How Important Is Your Dive Medical Questionnaire?

New divers might be especially eager to don their fins and get in the water, but scuba diving should never be rushed. Here's why it's important to thoroughly handle all pre-dive preparations—including accurately filling out your medical questionnaire.

What to Do If You Have a Rash After Scuba Diving

Experiencing a rash post-diving can be a sign of decompression illness. Learn from one diver's experience on how to stay safe diving.

The Risks of Forgoing Drysuit Training

Learn from one diver's tragic mistake of not properly training before diving in new equipment.

Lessons for Life: Dangers of Diving With a Cold

Diving despite having a cold may seem enticing when you are on a trip to a beautiful destination, but one diver's firsthand experience is a cautionary tale of the risks associated with ascending too quickly and diving while under the weather.

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.