Coroners reports for 24 diving fatalities were reviewed to determine anthropometry, certification status and breaches of safe practices for each.
Results: Certification status was known for 20 divers and of these six (30%) were uncertified. Certified divers breached significantly fewer sale diving practices than uncertified divers (p<0.01). Existing regulatory mechanisms require training certification only for dives made from commercial dive boats, yet the number of deaths involving shore dives or private craft (n=15) were triple the number diving from commercial boats (n=5).
Conclusion: Uncertified divers are less regulated and breach more safe practices than certified divers.
Implications: We recommend changes to existing regulations governing dives made from shore and private craft in WA, requiring that all divers be certified.
Key words: diving, drowning, mortality determinants, risk factors.
Source Citation:Buzzacott, Peter, Michael Rosenberg, and Terri Pikora. "Western Australian recreational scuba diving fatalities, 1992 to 2005.(Health promotion)(Author abstract)(Report)." Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 33.3 (June 2009): 212(3). Academic OneFile. Gale. BROWARD COUNTY LIBRARY. 20 Aug. 2009
Gale Document Number:A201853435
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