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Physical Fitness and Diving
ScubaFit - 3/06/2011 12:16 PM
Category: Health & Safety
Replies: 6

Physical fitness for scuba diving is very important. However, many do not understand what fitness for diving (different types of diving) is, how to evaluate a diver’s fitness or how to apply practical applications of exercise and a healthy lifestyle. I read 20 years of DAN reports and was particularly interested in the Medical Conditions Reported by Divers. After establishing a health profile of the dive community, I developed ScubaFit and the FitDiver program. I am an expert speaker for Los Angeles County Scuba Advanced Diving Program and Underwater Instructors Certification course. I am also a contributing writer for California Diver Magazine. Articles include: Physical Conditioning Fast-Track for Lobster Season, Eating Well for Scuba Diving, Dive Fitness at Any (Every) Age. Two more great articles in the works. I also submit scuba fitness articles to, which you can be read online. They include the titles, Whale Songs and Workouts, Caribbean Chubb: Fish or Fat, Hydration for Exercise and Scuba Diving, and Exercise Solutions: Upper Body Ergometer for Scuba Fitness. You may also subscribe to The FitDiver, a free newsletter and read past issues of The FitDiver. Go to to subscribe. You will find a tremendous amount of information regarding physical fitness and scuba diving that is not found anywhere else in the industry. I hope you find the practical applications and the way the information is communicated both helpful and fun. Would enjoy any discussion or questions relating to the topic and/or articles. Gretchen
brixn - 3/13/2011 4:28 AM
At Last ! . . Someone is bringing to attention the generally poor state of aerobic fitness and related health condition of a significant number of SCUBA divers. It seems as if the industry’s governing organisations, e.g., PADI, NAUI, SSI, SDI and their tech-divinng derivatives have lost all comprehension concerning Risk Managment. Looking at DAN’s worldwide statistics about diving accidents, it is a miracle that someone has not been sued yet !! . . . But that will no doubt come to pass; - and only then will the industry wake up.
jnowak100 - 3/16/2011 7:47 PM
Yes divers should be in better shape, especially as many are well not exactly surfer dudes, nor 20 somethings, perhaps divers like drivers and pilots should be subject to periodic recertification especially the swimming tests. Perhaps PADI or the other agencies could develop fitness standards and routines for self evaluation.
brixn - 3/16/2011 11:28 PM
Keep the rage !! - It is only throug the social media that SCUBA diver training organisations will get a clue about the importance of diver FITNESS to dive as it is related to diver SAFETY !!
brixn - 4/18/2011 9:37 PM
This puts a new meaning to ’Driving the Issue Bottom Up’ . . . Well Done !!
Great to see that some SCUBA divers undrestand the imperatives of being Fit to Dive