Friday, 29 April 2016

Drinking and Diving: Is It Safe?

By John Lee, EMT, DMT, CHT

Q: When I go on a dive vacation, we often have beers or cocktails after diving. Some in the group are even suggesting drinks between dives — is that a bad idea?

A: Simply put, alcohol and diving are not compatible. Alcohol causes depression of the central nervous system, which impairs judgment and reduces reaction time and coordination. Often the individual is not even aware of the degree of impairment.

A review of more than 15 studies on the effects of alcohol on performance found that alcohol was involved in roughly 50 percent of all accidents in people of drinking age. In Diving and Subaquatic Medicine (Edmonds C, et al., 2002), the authors report that alcohol is associated with up to 80 percent of all drownings in adult males.

It takes time for alcohol to be metabolized and its effects to wear off. M.W. Perrine and colleagues studied a group of experienced divers and the impact of alcohol consumption on their performance. Their investigation found that the ability to perform skills while scuba diving was significantly compromised at a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.04 percent, which can be reached by a 180-pound man who consumes two 12-ounce beers in one hour on an empty stomach. The study went on to state that even at a lower BAC, situational awareness and protective inhibitions may be reduced.

Recent alcohol intake (along with seasickness, traveler's diarrhea, excessive sweating, diuretic medications and air travel) is a potential cause of dehydration in divers. Dehydration, particularly when severe, is a potential risk factor for decompression sickness (DCS). Diving can also contribute to further fluid loss through breathing dry air and diuresis caused by both immersion and cold. Some symptoms of dehydration, such as fatigue or drowsiness, can even mimic DCS, leading to possible diagnostic confusion.

Alcohol ingestion may also enhance the effects of nitrogen narcosis. Elevated BAC, dehydration and nitrogen narcosis together may result in otherwise preventable accidents due to decreased problem-solving ability.

Many divers appreciate a cold beer, but drinking and diving can turn a safe activity into a nightmare for both the diver and all those impacted by a rescue or fatality. Think twice before combining alcohol and diving.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Website Shop now open

Our website shop is now up and running at the moment it has a small selection of our most popular stock on it. So check out our great prices on Apeks, Shearwater Perdix and FocTec (Tilly Tec) and APD. If you can't see the item you want just contact us for a price. ‪#‎Apeks‬ ‪#‎shearwater‬ ‪#‎tillytec‬ #apdiving ‪#‎cyprusdiving‬

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Learn to dive or expand your skills

Summer is coming and what better time to learn to dive or expand your dive skills - listed below are some of our most popular courses - full details of all the courses we run are at

Learn to dive in Cyprus with Dive-In Larnaca. With a maximum of 4 students to each instructor you can complete your PADI Open Water dive course with only 2.5 -3 days of in-water training. You will get more time having fun scuba diving and finish the course as a better and more confident diver.

The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course helps you increase your confidence and build your scuba skills so you can become more comfortable in the water. This is a great way to get more dives under your belt and includes 2 dives on the wreck of the Zenobia.

The SDI Nitrox course at Dive-In Larnaca is the best deal around for learning to dive Nitrox at just €99 for the online course and tuition – we’ll even throw in a FREE tank of Nitrox for your first Nitrox dive.

Already an Advanced Open Water Diver? Complete your Deep Speciality with Dive-In Larnaca. At just €199.00 including 2 dives on the Zenobia and a qualification to dive to 40m

Deep Diver Courses

For more information on all these course visit our website , email us on or call us on +357 24 627 469

Friday, 1 April 2016

TDI Advanced Wreck

One of the most popular technical diving courses we run here is the TDI Advanced Wreck course on the Zenobia. With no more than 2 students per instructor, it is a really challenging course, as witnessed by Stuart Philpott in his article a couple of years ago:-

TDI Advanced Wreck by Stuart Philpott

For more details and pre-requisites of the TDI Advanced Wreck course contact Chris or Sheri at or visit our website at .