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How high elevation is the Malahat section of the Trans-Canada Highway?

Discussion in 'Western Canada' started by Scuba_Noob, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. Scuba_Noob

    Scuba_Noob Solo Diver

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    How high elevation is the Malahat section of the Trans-Canada Highway?

    Is it safe to drive from Nanaimo to Victoria after a couple of deep dives (safe from any type of DCS)? Just wondering what everyone else thinks. I'm sure it's pretty safe. I've done it before multiple times with no issues after maybe an hour or two surface interval.
     
  2. wedivebc

    wedivebc CCR Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    356 metres (1,156 ft)

    The only way to be completely safe from any type of DCS is not to dive. You are however relatively safe :wink:
     
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  3. decompression

    decompression Instructor...seriously...

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    You beat me to it, Dave. I can't count how many trips I've made over the malahat after some solid dives in nanaimo, "your mileage may differ".......
     
  4. nadwidny

    nadwidny Instructor, Scuba

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    I've driven the Coquihalla and flown out from YVR after deep dives. I'm sure it's safe.

    I'm wondering why you thought to ask the question if you've already done this multiple times? Been listening to an LDS type lately? Remember, if you heard it from a dive shop it's probably wrong.
     
  5. wedivebc

    wedivebc CCR Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Or read it on the internet
     
  6. iguana751

    iguana751 Angel Fish

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    When I did my PADI Deep course I asked my instructor about this subject because I have a 1,444 meter pass to drive over coming home. My instructor (a PADI RecTec instructor) said not to ascend more than 1000 feet for 18 hours. Two years ago when I was doing my AOW, in a different location, my instructor told me the same thing.
     
  7. Scuba_Noob

    Scuba_Noob Solo Diver

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    Thanks. I was hearing from people that it was 3000ft, and I thought that it seemed a little high. From other forums, anything under 3000ft seems to be fine, but better to be safe.
     
  8. nadwidny

    nadwidny Instructor, Scuba

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    Of course neither one is based on any sort of science.
     

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