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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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