A group of authors associated with DAN Europe published the results of a new flying-after-diving study in March.1 The results are intriguing and may lead some divers to wonder if it is time to revisit the flying-after-diving guidelines. Read more
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Are you postponing a vacation because of concern about viruses (Zika, chikungunya and dengue) carried by mosquitoes, ticks or other organisms capable of causing harm to humans? That is not a bad idea until you become informed about the risks you are being exposed to depending on where you plan to travel. Read more
Really, really careful.
If you’re thinking about making a batch of Margaritas or Caipirinhas before heading out to the beach or pool this summer, you might want to think again. Lime juice can create a serious chemical burn called phytophotodermatitis (also known as lime burn or Margarita burn) when it mixes with UV rays. Limes aren’t the only culprit, though. Oils from all citrus fruits, celery, parsley and even certain wildflowers can cause the reaction too. Read more
Experts weigh in on precautions to take before, during and after your trip.
There are smart steps to mitigate your risks of contracting the virus and transmitting it to others. With the peak summer vacation season in full swing, many travelers are clamoring for a sunny getaway. But with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautioning expectant women, those trying to get pregnant and their partners to avoid places affected by the mosquito-borne virus that’s been associated with microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome, an autoimmune condition, travelers are pivoting their plans, and for good reason.
Maybe it’s a dive trip to Belize. Or a cruise in the Caribbean. Or maybe you’ve snagged tickets to the summer Olympics in Rio. If you’re traveling in places where Zika is circulating, there are a few things you need to keep in mind — and bring along.
The first question is: Should you go on the trip at all?
by Gretchen M. Ashton, CFT, SFT, SFN, NBFE
Turks & Caicos Islands are nestled in the Atlantic Ocean at the southernmost tip of the Bahamas due north from the Dominican Republic. Consisting of two island groups, Turks and Caicos is separated by the 7,000-foot deep Turks Island Passage. There are more than 40 dive sites along the west edge of Grand Turk. Most of them begin in 25-to-30 feet above sand or reef and drop over the spectacular vertical wall. Visibility is stunning, reefs are lush with abundant larger than life marine life, conditions are mild-to-moderate and the water is warm.
By Gretchen M. Ashton, CFT, SFT, SFN, NBFE
Push ups are one of many ways to develop upper body strength for scuba diving. Divers working to master push ups may begin by pressing against a wall and then progress to pressing against the floor while kneeling (sometimes called “girl push ups”). But where do divers go from here?
This incline push up on a bench is an excellent transition from kneeling on the floor to a fully extended and well executed push up. The Incline Push Up may be performed at varying heights. The lower the bench, wall, coffee table, couch, etc., the more difficult the push up becomes. Lead with the chest by bringing it to the edge of the bench.
By Gretchen M. Ashton, SFT, SFN, SFT, NBFE
Strengthening the lower body as a functional unit is important for divers. Squats which are the King of all Exercises for the lower body are not always an option for divers with lower body injuries and beginners to fitness for diving. The leg Press machine found in gyms can be a great alternative but is not always available. The Wall Sit can be performed anywhere without any equipment.
By Gretchen M. Ashton, CFT, SFT, SFN, NBFE
The seasons are changing around the globe. In the northern hemisphere temperatures are getting cooler, the days are getting shorter, and the leaves are changing color and falling from the trees. In the southern hemisphere spring is beginning. During changes in seasons some of the best outdoor temperatures for comfortable exercise occur. Whether breaking out of a cold winter into the freshness of spring or escaping summer heat into the crispness of autumn, divers can enjoy an abundance of outdoor fitness and wellness activities.
A diver certified at 20 years of age has the potential for more than 50 years of scuba diving. During this diving lifespan many biological changes will occur. Beginning in early adulthood all body systems begin to lose capacity; muscle strength decreases, cardiovascular capacity diminishes, and body composition changes. Clearly illness should not be confused with aging, however, changes in the body due to aging are of the greatest concern when combined with illness, injury or a sedentary lifestyle. There are many theories of aging, but only physical activity is wholly agreed to reverse the effects of aging. As with diving, there are also risks associated with exercising.