3Accidental Immersion reflex: Does not conserve oxygen to the body Oxygen consumption will increase to produce more heat to the bodyYou burn more of your body’s fuel and you increase your metabolismBlood slows to the extremities and stays in the head and thorax region of the body
4Accidental Secondary Drowning: Drowning that occurs post immersion Ingestion of water into the pulmonary systemsKnown to have occurred hours after swimmingPrognosis is good if occurred in fresh water90% of victims are from fresh water
5Accidental Chances of Survival: The golden hour is a myth. Real Chance: 3 minutes.Possible Chance: 10 minutes.It is all dependent on the temperature of the water (Less than 50 F).There are rare cases of survival submersion for extreme lengths of time.Children have a better chance than adults
6Mechanics of Drowning Dry Wet 10% to 15 % drownings Laryngospasm Possibility of ResuscitationNo water in lungs, death may have occurred prior to submersion85% to 90% of drowningsAgonal gaspWater aspirated into lungsWater in lungs death occurred after submersion
7DrowningTwo Types:Drowning: Death by from suffocation (asphyxia) caused by liquid entering the lungs and preventing the absorption of oxygen leading to cerebral hypoxia and myocardial infarction.Near drowning: the survival of a drowning event involving unconsciousness or water inhalation and can lead to serious secondary complications, including death.
8DrowningScenario: A boater, who does not know how to swim, takes off his PDF for “a quick dip” off the back of the boat, while holding on to the boat’s swim step.While trying to get back into the boat, he loses his grip to the swim step and it is now too far away to grab it.He tries to keep his head above water and at the same time holds his breath.Panic has set in.His body movements become more frantic and his body uses up it’s oxygen in the blood stream.This will reduce the time until unconsciousness.Meanwhile, carbon dioxide levels are building in the victim, leading him to a stronger desire to breathe.
9Drowning The victim can no longer voluntarily hold his breath. The conscious victim will now have water entering his airways.He will try and cough up the water or swallow it, but he will involuntarily being inhaling more water.As the body’s defense, the victim will go into laryngospasm and the water will enter the victim’s stomach. Little water will actually enter the lungs.After the laryngospasm, the victim will become unconscious and the laryngospasm will relax.Again, the body will go in defense mode and try and get oxygen into the system. This lack of oxygen in the brain, or Hypoxia, will cause the brain to trigger breathing to survive.
10DrowningThe brain now triggers agonal breathing. This with the relaxation of the laryngospasm, will now cause water to enter the victim’s lungs.The lungs are being collapsed at the same time deterioration of the brain cells are beginning.Additionally, a lack of oxygen and chemical changes in the lungs, cause the heart to stop.Cardiac arrest ensues and blood transportation stops throughout the entire body.The brain, the last and most critical organ begins to die.After six minutes the brain is dead.Two hours later, Rigor mortis will set in and it will stay there for up to two days.
11Intentional Crime Scene: Identify Evidence Types of evidence Witness interviewsDoes it all make sense???
12Intentional Physiological changes in the human body Rigor Mortis Livor Mortis (Absence/Contact)Cadaveric SpasmDecompositionPutrificationAnthropophagy
17Types of Drysuits and Materials Neoprene foam dry suitsCoated FabricCrushed NeopreneVulcanized rubberTrilaminateComposite
18Drysuit Features Why do dry suits require a special zipper? What are the most common types of dry suit seals?What is the Carotid Sinus reflex and how do you prevent it?What two valves do all dry suits have, and what are each used for?Entry?
19Drysuit Features Hoods Zippers Boots Gloves Knee Pads Pockets Suspenders
20UndergarmentsWhat are six considerations when choosing dry suit undergarments?CostThickness/insulating abilityInsulation characteristics when wetCareBulkFitCommon Types of undergarments:PileBuntingOpen cell foamThinsulateDepending on water temperature, it may be wise to additional layers of insulation.***
21Undergarments How do undergarments keep dry suit divers warm? Trap gas, which has low heat capacity and therefore slows the rate at which water outside the suit carries away body heat.Material may have qualities that enhance the insulation of the surrounding gas.When out of the water, not wearing the dry suit, trapped air in the undergarment insulates because it does not readily pass heat to cold air outside of the suit.
22Valves Inflator Location Inflate Exhaust Automatic Adjustable Push to dump
23Buoyancy Control Weights Why do you sometimes need more weight when diving with a dry suit than with a wet suit?Diving with a larger amount of trapped air in the suitAmount of weight needed to dive depends on the material of the suit—that’s why pool dive is importantMay need significantly more or a little more. Can your current weight system handle the additional weight?You can redistribute weight so that you don’t have all your weight in a single system.Accessory weights (tanks and ankles)Pros and cons of weighting system (belt vs. harness)For weighting, determine the proper weight the same as you would with any new equipment—try it in the pool
24Buoyancy ControlBCDWhy do you always use a BCD when diving with a dry suit?Emergency buoyancy if you have a leak in your suitMore comfortable way to float on the surfaceMake sure your BCD fits over the dry suitAdding air to the dry suit will make it balloon around the neck making it uncomfortable. Only add a little to relieve suit squeeze.
25Controlling Bouyancy Underwater As you descend, lower your left shoulder so gas does into escape from the exhaust valve.When adding gas to your suit do so slowlyAfter starting your descent, you can shift to a spread eagle position, or cave diving position, to help distribute the gas evenly.Regardless of the dry suit type, you control your buoyancy with your BCD and add just enough air to prevent squeeze.During ascents vent gas automatically or manuallyWhen using an automatic valve open it all the way to release gas easilyAs you ascend, raise your left shoulder or wrist (the exhaust valve) to vent the gas and/or press the valve. Do this in conjunction with the BCD.
26Maintenance, Storage and packing General Care:Rinse the suit in clean fresh water after diving. Rinse the interior if the suit leaked or you perspired excessively.Flush the inflator and exhaust valves thoroughly with fresh water.Hand to dry over thick bar that avoids a sharp bend. Do not hang in direct sun light.Zipper Care:If necessary, gently clean inside and out with a soft tooth brush dipped in soapy water to remove dirt or debris.Use only paraffin zipper wax to lubricate—never use silicone spray. Lubricate before storage.
27Maintenance, Storage and packing Dust Latex and neoprene seals (and latex boots) with pure talcum powder or as directed by the manufacturer.Tuck latex seals into the sleeves and suit body. Loosely roll or fold suit with valves on the outside and the inlet stem capped to avoid punctures.Store away from heat, oil, and chemicals. Store in dark, cool and dry area.Transport:Pack folded as for storage.Pack suit in its own bag—separate from other equipment.Pack it in a way as to not stress the zipper
28RepairsDifferent materials require different procedures. Make sure to follow manufacturer instructions.Major repairs, such as large holes/tears, valves, and boots should be done by the manufacturer or a qualified vendor to ensure quality.Repairs of seals is a somewhere between moderate and major repair. When in doubt, check with the manufacturer.
29Causes and prevention for handling excess buoyancy Inflator valve stuck open or leaking gas:Cause: poor maintenance (corrosion build up) or valve freezing in very cold waterPrevention: Proper maintenance, annual suit servicing; add gas in short bursts.Correction: Disconnect the inflator hose and dump excess gas immediately.If you cannot vent the gas fast enough, flare your body while dumping excess gas through a valve or seal.Exhaust valve stuck open:Cause: Poor maintenance; no predive check of valvePrevention: Proper maintenance, annual servicing. No predive check of valveCorrection: Vent gas through neck and wrist seals (attached hood). If available use ascent line to slow rate. Flare body and dump air any way possible. End dive.
30Causes and Prevention for handling and accidentally released weight system. Lost weights (unable to recover):Cause: Improper release attachment, mishandling, buckle tripped on underwater object, failure to inspect weight system predivePrevention: Be familiar with your system and inspect weight system before every dive.Correction: Flare and dump.Overweighed:Cause: Overweighting is offset by more gas in suit. During ascent, excess gas expands faster than can be vented through exhaust valve.Prevention: Dive properly weighted.Correction: Stop ascent and allow exhaust valve to catch up. If cannot stop, dump and flare.
31Causes and Prevention for handling excess gas in the legs of the suit. Handling excess gas in the legs of a dry suit:Cause: Excess buoyancy and allowing legs to get above shouldersPrevention: Do not ascent with feet above shoulder level. Wear gators to prevent excess air in legs (Cave diving position).Correction: if possible grab something to slow ascent, roll forward or backward, use BCD, to get legs underneath you.
32Causes and Prevention for handling a flooded dry suit. Handling a flooded suit:Causes: Zipper not being closed, damaged zipper, material caught in zipper, seal leakage or valve leakagePrevention: Proper getting into suit, maintenance, and care. Check zipper and be sure it is closed properly before diving.Correction: Terminate dive immediately. Use BCD for buoyancy if necessary.
33Other EquipmentHelmet YokesDry Glove SystemsInflation Systems