Article in the paper yesterday managed to give a wonderful scare story without any useful information. Basically, the comment was that the percentage of diving fatalities for older divers had been rising steadily from 1989 to 2015 - over 50s from 15% to 35% and over 60s "soaring" from 5% to 20%. A US study had found that one third of people whose main hobby was diving were over 50. Over half of these had smoked at some time in their lives, nearly half were overweight and one third had been diagnosed with high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The advice from an Australian doctor who carried out the study was that all divers should have routine fitness assessments with their doctor, and take action to lose weight and lower blood pressure and cholesterol or they risk facing a heart attack under water. Having started diving in my late '60s and now over 70, I don't have to worry as there weren't any statistics for my age group. I'm lucky, with low blood pressure and, with continual vigilance, only slightly overweight and a non-smoker for 50 years. Looking around dive centres, it surprises me how many overweight people dive - walking with my gear on is enough for me, without three or four stone of extra ballast. It occurs to me that, to be in your 60s in 1989, you would probably have trained in the 1950s after watching Hans and Lotte Hass and Jacques Cousteau on the television. Foreign holidays were not as common then and scuba equipment was much less sophisticated. Jump ahead 25 years and holidays had come within the reach of many and the equipment had moved on. The statistics used may just reflect that the diving population are getting older.