An evaluation of buoyancy jacket safety in 1,000 diving incidents.

Rubicon Research Repository/Manakin Repository

An evaluation of buoyancy jacket safety in 1,000 diving incidents.

Show full item record


Title: An evaluation of buoyancy jacket safety in 1,000 diving incidents.
Author: Acott, CJ
Abstract: There were 154 incidents involving buoyancy jacket use, misuse and malfunction in the first 1,000 incidents reported to the Diving Incident Monitoring Study (DIMS). Forty eight of these incidents involved morbidity. This is 10% of the total morbidity reported in the time period. The buoyancy jacket, or buoyancy compensating device (BCD), incidents included divers being unable to exhaust their BCD, others being unfamiliar with the use and operation of their BCD, confusion between the inflation and deflation mechanisms, spontaneous inflation of the BCD by a poorly maintained or faulty power inflator, failure of inflation mechanisms, leaks from BCDs and inflation hoses, inadequate buoyancy and inflation of the BCD restricting the diver’s respiration. Appropriate preventive strategies include an emphasis on a pre-dive BCD check, increased separation of the deflate and inflate mechanisms, annual servicing and post-dive maintenance of BCDs, an accessible dump valve that will exhaust air at a rate at least equal to that of maximum inflation, an education program to accompany the purchase or hiring of a BCD and an emphasis on buoyancy control in diver training. In particular, trainees should be taught how to achieve buoyancy control without the use of a BCD, how to slow an uncontrolled ascent and to “overlearn” the response of weight belt release in an emergency.
Description: Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society.
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/6288
Date: 1996

Files in this item

Files Size Format View
SPUMS_V26N2_10.pdf 75.26Kb PDF View/Open

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show full item record

Browse

My Account