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Current Flying After Diving Guidelines – Scuba Diving Cruises

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Please take the time to have a look at this website. It is important for your safety and for planning your trip. The information given on this website is based on the recommendations of PADI and the “Flying After Diving Workshop”.
Here you can find information about the times that you should take between your last dive and the next flight. Please keep this information in mind before booking your flight.

Recommendations of the 2002 “Flying After Diving Workshop”

General Comments:

Experimental trials indicate the risk of decompression sickness (DCS) decreases as the preflight surface interval increases. Based on these studies, the workshop reached the following consensus recommendations. These recommendations apply to flights at cabin altitudes between 600 metres/2000 feet and 2400 metres/8000 feet and to divers who are without DCS symptoms. Work by Buehlmann, which was used by the US Navy Diving manual, suggests that immediate ascent to 600 metres/2000 feet altitude is possible with low DCS risk. In 1999, the US Navy adopted more flexible procedures based, in part on Buehlmann and Vann et al. Following these recommendations reduces DCS risk but does not guarantee that a diver will avoid DCS.

For Dives within the No-Decompression Limits

Single Dives – A minimum preflight surface interval of 12 hours is suggested.
Repetitive Dives and/or Multiday Dives – A minimum preflight surface interval of 18 hours is suggested.

For Dives Requiring Decompression Stops – A minimum preflight surface interval greater than 18 hours is suggested.

Flying after diving recommendations need not be considered for flights to ambient/cabin pressures less than 600 metres/2000 feet.