Mortality rates for skin and scuba divers

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Title: Mortality rates for skin and scuba divers
Author: Schenck Jr, H; McAniff, J
Abstract: The Underwater Society of America has determined that out of a group of 40, 328 man-years of memberships, 12 divers perished while following diving activity. Since the reporting of such casualties resulted in the payment of a $500 death benefit to the beneficiaries, it is assumed that this represents the total diving casualty figure from this group. Based on assumed age distributions for divers and mortality rates for U.S. white males, this diving mortality represents a ten percent increase over the expected mortality from all causes and a one-third increase over expected accident mortalities. Although diver age is not important in assessing relative diving risk, experience of the scuba diver is a critical factor. It is estimated that beginning divers may have a diving mortality rate six times that of experienced persons.
Date: 1972

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  • National Underwater Accident Data Center
    This is a collection of the National Underwater Accident Data Center, University of Rhode Island (URI) annual diving reports. John J. McAniff started collection of diving accident and fatality information in 1970.

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