Monday, February 06, 2006

State Department Information Sheet Warns of Mexican Dive Equipment Rentals and "certifications"!

Sandwiched in an extensive write up about US residents traveling in Mexico is the following excerpt:

"Sports and aquatic equipment that you rent may not meet U.S. safety standards nor be covered by any accident insurance. Scuba diving equipment may be substandard or defective due to frequent use. Inexperienced scuba divers in particular should beware of dive shops that promise to "certify" you after a few hours' instruction."

Related web pages on Scubadoc's Diving Medicine Online:
http://www.scuba-doc.com/travel.html
http://scuba-doc.com/htlscba.pdf
Disease Transmission Using Scuba Gear
There are many transmissable diseases that have the capability of being passed on to another through the use of unclean equipment. These conditions are caused by viruses, bacteria and fungi - some short-lived on inanimate objects, and some lurking and living in the moist confines of the crevices and tubes of unwashed scuba gear.....