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Another flying question...

Discussion in 'Ask Dr. Decompression' started by mattiedread, Apr 29, 2001.

  1. mattiedread

    mattiedread Barracuda

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    How about 'puddle jumping'? My wife and I are thinking Maldives and it looks as if we'll have a few days after the liveaboard to hit a dive resort on one of the atols... probably off the beaten path and a good distance from the international airport. The airtaxi's there probably fly under 1000 feet... How much time before a flight of this nature after doing 3/4 dives/day for 10 or 12 days (probably have a deco day with 0 or one dive after 6 or 7 days)?
     
  2. Rick Murchison

    Rick Murchison Trusty Shellback Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    The first thousand feet of air drops the ambient pressure the equivalent of about 1 foot of sea water. Shouldn't be a problem.
    Rick
     
  3. mattiedread

    mattiedread Barracuda

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    I didn't think the decrease in pressure would be all that significant but I thought I'd ask.
     
  4. Dr Deco

    Dr Deco Medical Moderator Staff Member

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    Dear mattiedread:

    I would imagine that the only time one would have a problem is if they already have sufficient nitrogen in the gas phase and it is already causing fank pain (DCS).

    I have heard of individuals crossing a mountain pass (probably 3,000 feet) and this exacerbated the pain of their DCS. Your ascent is much more modest, as Rich has already indicted. :mean:

    Dr Deco
     

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