A good pair of lungs, a level head and stamina are basic requirements for persons who engage in the sport of scuba diving, Dr. L. M. Morrisset of El Cajon, Calif., said last week at the Fourth National Conference on Medical Aspects of Sports.
"Any acute or chronic disease of the lungs should prevent a person from diving," he told the conference, sponsored by the AMA Committee on Medical Aspects of Sports.
Because fatigue is a serious problem, Morrisset said, the diver must have enough reserve to swim long distances against currents, pulling all his gear with him.
In addition, he said the diver should have emotional stability. The "show-off" has no place in the water with scuba (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus), he said, and this also applies to the person who easily panics.
On the other hand, he said, persons with poor vision, who are otherwise physically fit for