This is a motto we live by at Unique Scuba. One of the biggest problems that seems to be destroying the quality of education and student experience is poor buoyancy control skill.
On June 13th, Florida Governor Rick Scott Signed into law some much needed safety improvements to the current Dive Flag Laws. The new additions to existing Dive Flag laws are not earth shattering but do offer a good improvement for divers and boaters alike. In the new law, which goes into effect on July 1, 2014, divers will be allowed to choose between a traditional dive flag or a buoy that has the dive flag clearly displayed on at least 3 of it's 4 sides. Divers have been using buoy's in the past and have received fines. The old and outdated dive flag laws in Florida are finally being changed at the relief of many divers. Here is a link to the House Bill Itself HB 1049 - Divers
Decompression Sickness (DCS) is an illness caused by the effects of gas coming out of solution to form bubbles in the body after diving. It is due to the effect of Henry's Law following diving exposures. Understanding decompression theories is difficult if not impossible, so the average diver may well bypass most of this blog post, if he is not technically inclined.
DCS is unpredictable. In general, anything that increases blood flow to an organ will increase the rate of N2 loading. Anything that interferes with blood flow from an organ will reduce the capacity to off-load N2. These alterations may explain the possible predisposing factors that increase the likelihood of DCS.