Underwater Exploration: Anxiety and Panic University of Wisconsin Sea Grant
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Anxiety and Panic

What would you guess is the most common cause of death among scuba divers? Running out of air? Getting stuck underwater? Close encounters with sharks and squids? Surprisingly, it's none of those.

The most common cause of death while scuba diving appears to be panic responses to stressful situations underwater. For more than 10 years, a Sea Grant research team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has studied divers who panic underwater and some of the reasons for that panic.

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