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Eric Douglas

Eric Douglas is an author and journalist known for his thriller novels with scuba diving, environment and ocean themes. He has been a dive instructor and a diver medic and worked for PADI, DAN and has written training articles for Scuba Diving since 2008.
He is also documentarian writing stories about Moskito Indians who scuba dive for lobster and photographing Russia after the Soviet Union broke up.

Lessons for Life: Dangers of Diving with a Cold

Diving with a cold may seem enticing, but one diver's firsthand experience is a cautionary tale of the risks associated with ascending too quickly and diving while under the weather.

A Close Encounter With a Dive Boat Propeller

When diving where boats may be active, you need to take extra precautions to protect yourself. Here’s how one diver learned their lesson—and how you can avoid making a similar mistake.

What to Do When You Overheat While Diving

Failing to stay alert can create a lot of problems in the water. Here’s what happened when one diver ignored the signs of overheating and attempted to dive.

Lessons for Life: Getting Decompression Sickness

Decompression sickness can happen to anyone, no matter how safe of a diver you are. Knowing what to look for and how to respond can save a life.

Lessons for Life: Respect the Wreck

Desire for underwater accolades leads to poor decisions.

In the Dark | Lessons for Life

Lack of preparation and practice spells trouble on a night dive catching lobster.

Tied Up | Lessons for Life

Lessons to learn from one man's entanglement accident.

Weighed Down

Learn from this diver's experience how to avoid the dangers of wearing too much weight underwater.

Bailout | Lessons for Life

Freedivers need to follow safety protocols as much as divers. In this Lessons for Life account, Eric Douglas shares the story of a diver who suffers shallow-water blackout on a dive. Keep reading to find out how you can stay safe freediving.