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    Should we have new rules for flying after diving?

    This article suggest a minimum of 24 hours or more.

    http://www.alertdiver.com/fad_review...)&sf52853822=1
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    There's a few good book out there concerning VGE and DCS. When I first started diving, the rule was at least a "B" diver before flying and then it extended to 24 hours quite a while back - 48 hours for those who dove deco dives. One of the biggest factors that I've noted over the years concerning undeserved hits was the presence of dehydration in the victims. I wonder how much that plays into it?

    Looking at the altitude tables in the navy manual could also give an insight: Dive Man Rev 6 - Change A shows that ascent to altitude can be treated as a repetitive dive and since most airlines have an altitude equivalent of about 8000', this would be a "G" dive on the navy tables. So, that is a fairly healthy amount of nitrogen loading even 12 hours post dive.

    Personally, I like and follow the 24 hour rule.

    Of course, the advantage to the 24/48 hour rule is you get to enjoy the local flavor a little more before you head home.

    I once saved a man in Wichita just to watch him dive...(inventor)

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    What do ya'll think of "dive professionals" who may comments in their review of a dive op that doesn't allow them to go on any dives 24 hours before flying? Saw this on the live aboard I'll be on in March. personally I'm glad someone reminds me not to take a chance on my health. I've been told by a DM that he wouldn't take me to a certain dive site as it was difficult to enter and exit and me not being the most mobile of people..

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    I appreciate dive ops that try to keep their divers healthy and alive.

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