If it wasn’t for scuba cylinders and surface-supply breathing apparatus that give us the possibility to breathe underwater, we wouldn’t be able to explore the underwater world. However, we also need to be vigilant that the gas we breathe is safe as there are various kinds of contaminations that can turn your underwater life support into poison.
After the relatively recent death of a scuba diver, it was found the level of Carbon Monoxide (CO) in his tank was over 450 times the accepted limit. He had filled his tank from a compressor which had, allegedly, not been properly maintained or regularly tested. As a result, the air being supplied was found to be very high in Carbon Monoxide (CO) levels.
This has prompted DAN Asia Pacific (AP) to launch a long-contemplated safety and awareness campaign in an effort to prevent a repeat of this incident.
Many divers only think about air problems from the perspective of running low or managing an out of air emergency, so DAN AP will work to create awareness for this very real issue. Contaminated gas can lead to perception changes and subsequent poor decisions, headaches, dizziness, nausea and, in extreme cases; it may cause unconsciousness and even death.
Unconsciousness from CO poisoning often occurs during or shortly after the ascent and can often lead to drowning unless the diver is rescued very quickly.
Over the coming months, DAN AP will be sharing information that is focussed on prevention and aimed at equipping recreational and professional divers with:
- An understanding of the dangers of carbon monoxide and other contaminants
- The ability to identify the symptoms associated with CO poisoning
- First Aid and Treatment; and
- Knowledge on how to reduce the risk of poisoning.
The main goal of the campaign is to prevent people from diving with contaminated breathing gas in the first place. We encourage you to share the information so we reach as many divers as possible.
Let’s work together to ensure the air we all breathe when diving is safe.
Note: Safety campaigns are financed by DAN membership dues. Thank you to our members for their invaluable support.
The DAN Asia-Pacific Team
Originally posted by dan.org.