What are the bends in scuba diving and how do they relate to Scuba diving? Please answer in a two or three paragraph response.

The bends are also known as decompression sickness and happens when you descend to depths too rapidly and your body struggles with the process of adjusting to the different environment under water. This allows for gas bubbles to to develop in the blood stream.

These gas bubbles occur when an ascent is made too quickly and the body cannot handle the speed at which the transition happens, which is why divers practice ‘decompression stops’ to prevent the process of decompression sickness. These bubbles which contain high levels of nitrogen then reach the divers lungs.