Technical Diving - What the Physician Needs to Know by Douglas Ebersole, MD



Technical diving is one of the fastest growing segments in the scuba diving community. These divers use a variety of gas mixtures and dive to significant depths, often requiring a substantial amount of decompression. This results in a risk of a variety of medical conditions not commonly seen in the general population or even in recreational scuba divers. Thus, technical divers are likely to show up for evaluation and treatment at emergency departments and hyperbaric chambers. This article attempts to educate the reader on the basics of technical diving and some of the medical issues involved.

  • What Makes a Dive Recreational?
  • What are the two major concerns with Nitrogen?
  • Medical Issues in Technical Diving

This article is a must-read for the dive physician. Mixed gas divers and dive leaders will also find this article very informative and useful. It was published in Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Volume 4 Issue 3.


Douglas Ebersole, MD attained his open water scuba certification in 1974 and is now a technical diver, cave diver, and mixed gas closed circuit rebreather instructor in Lakeland, Florida. When is he not underwater, Dr. Ebersole is an interventional cardiologist at the Watson Clinic and Lakeland Regional Medical Center where he specializes in coronary, structural heart, and peripheral vascular interventions. He can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Please check out our selection of books on Technical Diving, Nitrox Diving, Rebreathers, and Mixed Gas Diving.

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