The Pressure of Scuba Diving

If done without proper precautions, scuba diving can be a painful experience.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM June 15, 2004

At 25 feet below the surface of the water, Alex Whitaker's tooth started to ache. When he tried to dive deeper, the pain grew worse.

"It felt like my tooth was going to explode," says the 17-year-old high school junior from Hackley School in Tarrytown, N.Y. Alex learned to scuba dive on a school trip to Belize and Guatemala. On a scale from 1 to 10, Alex says, the oral agony weighed in at an excruciating 9. "It was the most painful thing I've ever felt in my entire life," he says.

Scuba diving can drop you into a cool blue underwater world. It can also be a painful experience if you're not careful.

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