Depth gauges, contents gauges and miscellaneous equipment problems reported in the Diving Incident Monitoring Study.

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Title: Depth gauges, contents gauges and miscellaneous equipment problems reported in the Diving Incident Monitoring Study.
Author: Knight, J; Acott, CJ
Abstract: Problems with depth and contents gauges reported to the Diving Incident Monitoring Survey are reviewed. The development of these gauges and their safe and unsafe use are discussed. A method of diving safely without a contents gauge, used by the Royal Navy for decades in the past, is explained. Attention is drawn to the fact that running out of air was the most common cause of death in divers in the 1990s. This is usually due to diver error (not checking the contents gauge frequently) but can be due to faulty contents gauges. Another common diver error leading to death is failure to drop the weight belt. Depth and contents gauges are known to go out of calibration and dive computers to be faulty, so regular testing of both sorts of gauges should be carried out. Some personal experiences are used to illustrate the message that diving safety involves preparation and attention to detail.
Description: Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society.
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/7763
Date: 2003

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