Inquest Warning on Diving Courses

Date: 1/10/2006

‘Short diving courses are madness’ Dr Philip Bryson, head of the Diving Diseases Research Centre, said at inquests held into the deaths of four divers, in the South West of England. The verdict of accidental death was given in each of the four cases. Dr Bryson felt that the modern diving courses allowed novices to do too much too quickly. He also said he was amazed beginners could be certified at advanced level after just eight dives. Recording the verdict of accidental death for Mr Jackson, the coroner said: ‘Diving is a wonderful hobby and it would be wrong for me to discourage it but divers need to be responsible to themselves and to others.’ I only hope that some good comes out of this and this inquest will benefit others.

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