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Truths about Scuba Diving

Rebecca Lowry, Superintendent

An accomplished superintendent, Rebecca Lowry, PhD, received her BA in music education from Bluefield College. Before accepting superintendent roles, she completed her MS in school psychology at Radford University. During her free time, Dr. Rebecca Lowry enjoys scuba diving.

Scuba diving is a sport that requires swimming underwater while being equipped with a special breathing device. The equipment consists of rubber tubes placed in the mouth and connected to air cylinders carried on the back.
History reveals that underwater breathing started in 500 BCE when a soldier jumped off a ship and dove into the water for hours while breathing through a hollow reed. After the 1700s, people looked for more effective and safer ways to breathe underwater. With several attempts to find the right breathing device, a breakthrough occurred in the 1940s when Jacques Cousteau and Emilie Gagnan created a rebreathing device, paving the way for the popularity of scuba diving.
Scuba diving is generally considered as a low-risk activity. Aside from motion sickness, dehydration, and sunburn, there are only a few diving injuries that require medical attention.
Attached to diving gear is a display that alerts a diver when he or she is about to run out of air for staying underwater. Proper use of the gear and other diving instructions must be taken prior to scuba diving. This includes learning the difference between swimming and diving.

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