International travel and health

Diving

Divers should avoid flying soon after diving because of the risk that the reduced cabin pressure may lead to decompression sickness (more commonly called “the bends”). It is recommended that they do not fly until at least 12 h after the last dive; this period should be extended to 24 h after multiple dives or after diving that requires decompression stops during ascent to the surface. Travellers should seek specialist advice from diving schools. Divers Alert Network is an excellent source of information with a good Frequently Asked Questions section (http://www.diversalertnetwork.org/medical/faq/Default.aspx) as well as an emergency hotline number.

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