The use of underwater equipment in freshwater research

dc.contributor.editorSimmons, George M. Jr.en
dc.description.abstractThe use of self contained underwater breathing apparatus in aquatic environments for scientific purposes is a recent development. While its use for such purposes in marine environments has been well received and documented, corresponding usage in freshwater environments has languished. Reasons for this are attributed to: 1) misconceptions regarding safety, necessary levels of training, cost, and versatility; 2) the lack of adequate training programs; and 3) a generation of "decision makers" who themselves have not used such equipment and fail to recognize its potential. Available data on human fatalities indicate that the use of underwater breathing apparatus by well trained, qualified divers is less hazardous than most other activities in which a person normally engages. The evolution of adequate training course or programs will depend upon the needs of the scientific community. Versatility and usefulness of the equipment depend upon the innovative ability of the researcher.en
dc.description.notesVPI-SG 77-03en
dc.description.notesThese papers were presented in a symposium at the 25th annual meeting of the North American Benthological Society April 6, 1977 in Roanoke, Va. The meeting was hosted by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.en
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityedited by George M. Simmons, Jr.en
dc.format.extent66 pagesen
dc.publisherVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Extension Divisionen
dc.rightsVirginia Cooperative Extension materials are available for public use, re-print, or citation without further permission, provided the use includes credit to the author and to Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, and Virginia State University.en
dc.subject.lccLD5655 .A762en
dc.subject.lcshNational Sea Grant Program (U.S.) -- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
dc.subject.lcshDeep diving -- Equipment and supplies -- Congressesen
dc.subject.lcshSkin diving -- Equipment and supplies -- Congressesen
dc.titleThe use of underwater equipment in freshwater researchen
dc.typeExtension publicationen


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