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From Plane to Water - Am I giving myself enough time?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by parsch, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. KD8NPB

    KD8NPB Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Summerville, SC
    In theory, wouldn't you be starting with less nitrogen in your blood due to decreased ppN2 because of the pressure reduction in the airplane, thereby making it safer to dive?
  2. Amanchu

    Amanchu Garibaldi

    # of Dives:
    Location: Turkey
    although i am no diver(not yet) i do read lots of things and this 1 is something i read before, since it is relevant to the discussion....

    Here is an answer from DAN to a thailand resort manager?

    Diving After Flying

    Also an article from scuba diving magazine(although i realize many here dont like it this article is still from DAN)
  3. rmh84

    rmh84 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Ontario Canada
    I think me record is less then 1 hour, last year when we arrived in Bonaire after dinner. We checked in at the resort, then Dad and I headed directly to the dock with our gear. Mom and the sisters (wimps) brought our suitcases to the room and unpacked :)
  4. Dive Bug Bit Me

    Dive Bug Bit Me Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Cape Town
    You got through passport control and luggage collection in Bonaire in less than one hour? Respect!!
  5. EODiver

    EODiver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Always on the move...
    I have actually flown into the dive site once, and was in the water in 15 minutes of hitting the deck... but that's a whole different story.

    No problem flying then diving, it's the return that causes trouble.
  6. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    I'm waiting for the "we hired a sea-plane, landed, and splashed"......

    That would earn my respect! :worship:
  7. cnar

    cnar Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Barbados
    If you review your gas theory you'd realize diving after flying is a non issue assuming you don't have another medical issue such as clots from inactivity on long flights. Issues occur when you fly too soon after diving since flying is similar to ascending to 5000-8000' after a dive. Your body needs time to off gas before you can go to higher altitudes.
  8. fdog

    fdog ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    We have a friend that was bent on a trip to Bonaire. Flying the redeye, drinking alcohol on the aircraft, being generally dehydrated, and hopping quickly into the water all were presumed to be contributory.

    All the best, James
  9. mantajohn

    mantajohn Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Newbury, UK

    I think the big clue is in Your phrase 'drinking alcohol on the flight'.

    I generally use alcohol to pass away the discomforts of economy class. But stick to water if I'm planning to dive any time soon after landing.
  10. Adonama

    Adonama Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Tokyo, Japan
    After extended flights you will actually have less nitrogen (lower nitrogen partial pressure) in your body than normal so there is absolutely no issue with diving after flying.
    (So theoretically jumping into the water straight from the plane should give you longer NDL times)

    However you might be dehydrated, tired and maybe cold.
    Make sure you drink water (no alcohol), get some sleep instead of watching movies take-off to landing and in general make sure you fill fit.

    Hope you have some great dives!

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