Hypothermia and respiratory heat loss while scuba diving

Kateřina Kozáková


One of the factors affecting length of stay under water of a diver is heat comfort. During scuba diving there is an increased risk of hypothermia. Hypothermia is one of the most life threatening factors of a diver and significantly affects his performance. The body heat loss runs by different mechanisms. One of them is the respiratory mechanism, which is often overlooked. Compressed dry air or other media is coming out from the cylinder, which have to be heated and humidified to a suitable value. Thus the organism loses body heat and consequently energy. Based on literature search the article will describe safe dive time in terms of hypothermia in connection to respiratory heat loss.


APA Citation

Kozáková, K. (2015). Hypothermia and respiratory heat loss while scuba diving. Journal of Outdoor Activities, 9(2), 27–31.

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Date: April 1, 2015