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Is it dangerous to get on a plane after scuba diving?
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Dr. Nicholas Mexas
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: It depends
Safe time periods between your last dive and flight vary depending on how many dives you did and how aggressive your dives were (how deep and how long).
You should be safe though if you wait 24 hrs

In brief: It depends
Safe time periods between your last dive and flight vary depending on how many dives you did and how aggressive your dives were (how deep and how long).
You should be safe though if you wait 24 hrs
Dr. Nicholas Mexas
Dr. Nicholas Mexas
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: There are slightly
Different variations on recommendations.
Rgbm table rules: wait at least 12 her after 1 dive w/in last 18 hrs; 15 hrs for 2 dives ; 18 hrs after 3 dives before flying. Agree w dr. Wyatt as well.

In brief: There are slightly
Different variations on recommendations.
Rgbm table rules: wait at least 12 her after 1 dive w/in last 18 hrs; 15 hrs for 2 dives ; 18 hrs after 3 dives before flying. Agree w dr. Wyatt as well.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Halsey Wyatt
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: It can be...
The amonut of diving and the profiles of the dive(s) all impact the amount of residual nitrogen in the body.
No diving medical organization recommneds flying immediately after diving. Some dive computers will calculate a 'safe' interval for you, but the best recommendation is to wait at least 12 hours, 18-24 if you have made repeated, deep, or decompression dives.

In brief: It can be...
The amonut of diving and the profiles of the dive(s) all impact the amount of residual nitrogen in the body.
No diving medical organization recommneds flying immediately after diving. Some dive computers will calculate a 'safe' interval for you, but the best recommendation is to wait at least 12 hours, 18-24 if you have made repeated, deep, or decompression dives.
Dr. Halsey Wyatt
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Dr. James Burns
Emergency Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends upon
The depth and duration of the dive and the time interval from the end of the dive to the departure of the aircraft and at what altitude the aircraft is flying.
This all has to do with the tissue nitrogen accumulation during scuba diving which needs to resolve at 1ata before ascending in a pressurized aircraft.

In brief: Depends upon
The depth and duration of the dive and the time interval from the end of the dive to the departure of the aircraft and at what altitude the aircraft is flying.
This all has to do with the tissue nitrogen accumulation during scuba diving which needs to resolve at 1ata before ascending in a pressurized aircraft.
Dr. James Burns
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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Proper ascending?
If you don't have any problem during/after your dive, you can fly right afterward.
If you have rapid ascending which can cause eardrum to burst, rapid expansion of belly gas, and more importantly the lungs, and even bubbling of your blood which cause "air-embolism" which is dangerous. So, if you properly ascend and have no symptoms, you can fly--inside cabin is pressurzied anyway. Good luck.

In brief: Proper ascending?
If you don't have any problem during/after your dive, you can fly right afterward.
If you have rapid ascending which can cause eardrum to burst, rapid expansion of belly gas, and more importantly the lungs, and even bubbling of your blood which cause "air-embolism" which is dangerous. So, if you properly ascend and have no symptoms, you can fly--inside cabin is pressurzied anyway. Good luck.
Dr. Bac Nguyen
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