The Recompression Chamber

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The Recompression Chamber

Postby DiveDiva » Thu Feb 15, 2007 9:52 pm

Has anyone spent any time in one?

I have :cry:

Wanna know about my experience?

DD
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Postby Packhorse » Thu Feb 15, 2007 10:09 pm

Not me.
Tell us all about it.

A chamber dive could be a cool SODs event. ( a planed one that is)
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Postby Xman » Thu Feb 15, 2007 10:42 pm

Packhorse wrote:Not me.
Tell us all about it.

A chamber dive could be a cool SODs event. ( a planed one that is)


A chamber in a plane? Wouldn't that be a little heavy. You might mean "planned" :wink:
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Re: The Decompression Chamber

Postby Andy » Fri Feb 16, 2007 9:56 am

DiveDiva wrote:Has anyone spent any time in one?


yes, but only a 'dry dive' - not a treatment.

the funniest aspect was the person who claimed that they dived to 50m regularly, on air, and nver got narc'd.... they were off their t1ts in the chamber.

overall, though, i found the experience somewhat claustraphobic. I'd hate to spend a full treatment schedule in one of those things.
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Postby powley » Fri Feb 16, 2007 10:02 am

did 1 with my aow course years back, was good fun, voice goes all weird like your on helium, was so hot at depth and I was so narced even though I didnt think I was at time. Cant say Id ruch to do it again but who knows when opportunities arise
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Postby DiveDiva » Fri Feb 16, 2007 10:21 am

Well about four years ago - and a week before my IDC! - I thought I could feel a tingly sensation in my left arm so I called the doctor.

They sent an ambulance and took me to Truro Hospital in Cornwall where the consultant there made me do some hilarious neurological tests (walking the line, follow my finger, stand on one leg stuff).

Then I did 3 chamber dives as a precaution: one to 2.8 bar for 5 hours and two to 1.9 bar subsequently.

I couldn't dive for one week afterwards (my AI course) but I still passed :wink:

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Postby Xman » Fri Feb 16, 2007 7:07 pm

Glad to hear it wasn't too serious DD.
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Postby Packhorse » Fri Feb 16, 2007 7:17 pm

Xman wrote:A chamber in a plane? Wouldn't that be a little heavy. You might mean "planned" :wink:


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Postby Xman » Fri Feb 16, 2007 9:00 pm

yup
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Re: The Decompression Chamber

Postby Flipper » Sat Feb 17, 2007 8:57 am

DiveDiva wrote:Has anyone spent any time in one?

Yup - the Devonport one regularly does 50m simulated dives. Very very highly recommended; it's a great way to 'isolate' the effects of being deep - the narcosis; you can feel how thick the air is and (and why some people have breathing issues down deep); and how all analytic brain activity evapourates and leaves you feeling like a muppet :)

If anybody gets the chance to do a simulated chamber dive, do it!
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Postby Deepsea » Wed Jul 11, 2007 1:37 pm

To get a real idea of how fcuked up you are at 50 meters try descending in the chamber breathing on an inert gas such as heliox via BiB's (built in breathing) masks. Remove the bib at 50 meters see the difference.
I have encountered a similar experience when diving heliox and ascending to a gas change at around 50-40 meters. Going from heliox 10% to air at that depth is a very interesting experience.
I did 3 air sats in the 80's with storage depth around 120-140 FSW diving to 180 FSW all of us were pretty narced nothing changes with time at depth you do not get used to it ... you realise you are working with disadvantages and compensate; you need to focus and concentrate a lot more.
Chambers for the first time are interesting or frightening, it depends if you are going for the experience or you are being treated.

In a treatment chamber physicians are told never to make medical decisions inside the chamber, either the doc exits the chamber and decides on surface or another doc on the outside makes the decision.
Some people get pretty giggly at 25 meters.

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Postby snirpy » Tue Aug 21, 2007 6:51 pm

before xmas, i spent in total 12 hours in the chamber over 4 days,!!
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14mtr 21 min si 20 14mtrs 13 min si 40min 10mtrs 20 min..

the last dive, i came up to quick, not of my doing but of responded to a situation that arose with a student,,
student was fine
i raced down to 5 mtres and stayed there for 10 minutes for safety sake.

3days later i had real trouble walking( three days for symptons to come on).. so was slapped by a freind and quickly raced to the chamber on quay street, they are really nice down there, and sure enuff i was bent , type 2 dci. a sligh one, but that knocked my summer of diving was out for 30 days and due for a medical after that.. what a relief to get back in the water, and please to say no side affects, and healthy as..
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Postby snirpy » Tue Aug 21, 2007 6:52 pm

before xmas, i spent in total 12 hours in the chamber over 4 days,!!
my profile
14mtr 21 min si 20 14mtrs 13 min si 40min 10mtrs 20 min..

the last dive, i came up to quick, not of my doing but of responded to a situation that arose with a student,,
student was fine
i raced down to 5 mtres and stayed there for 10 minutes for safety sake.

3days later i had real trouble walking( three days for symptons to come on).. so was slapped by a freind and quickly raced to the chamber on quay street, they are really nice down there, and sure enuff i was bent , type 2 dci. a sligh one, but that knocked my summer of diving was out for 30 days and due for a medical after that.. what a relief to get back in the water, and please to say no side affects, and healthy as..
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Postby Azza » Tue Aug 21, 2007 7:21 pm

Wow. Thanks for sharing snirpy. Were the profiles see saw or square?
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Postby snirpy » Tue Aug 21, 2007 10:22 pm

square, pretty much stayyed at those depths, actuallt think my first SI was longer than 20 min,, even did some safety stops 1st and second dives..
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