Dive Accidents and Incidents
Over the years I have witnessed a couple of minor incidents (not my buddies) as well as investigated a couple of even more tragic events. In early 2011 I was involved in the aftermath of a tragic incident on a dive I organised. Some of these are included here. I do not claim to be an expert in the area of training or theory as I am neither an instructor nor even a divemaster. However, I do have the experience of over 4,500 dives in all sorts of situations with a large number of these dives being deeper than 40, 50 and 60 metres.
I assisted the defence of Gabe Watson who was charged with murdering his wife, Tina Watson, while on a dive in Queensland. I travelled to Alabama in the US to appear at the trial. However, the judge threw out the charge after the prosecution had presented its case.
On two occasions I have had problems well after a dive had been completed (nothing happened during the dive). Both of these involved severe dizziness. One was certainly an inner ear trauma incident but the reason for the other is more difficult to determine. It may have been inner ear trauma, inner ear infection or decompression sickness (unlikely I think).
I have also included a couple of reports from friends who had problems on dives as well as my comments on some well known Australian incidents where divers died.
I encourage you to read these reports as they should help you to be a safer diver.