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Can you scuba dive with congestion?

Can you scuba dive with congestion?

A relentlessly blocked-up head is unsafe for scuba. You won’t be able to clear your ears and sinuses while descending. Worse, at the end of your dive, it elevates your risk for a reverse squeeze on your way back up.

When should you stop diving?

When is a safety stop required? Divers should make a safety stop at the end of every dive at a depth of 15 feet for three to five minutes. Safety stop diving gives your body extra time to release excess nitrogen that builds up in your system during the dive.

How do you decongest before diving?

Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) and Scuba Diving Many divers swear by pseudoephedrine medications such as Sudafed. They alleviate sinus congestion and help open Eustachian tubes.

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At what depth do you need to decompress when diving?

The need to do decompression stops increases with depth. A diver at 6 metres (20 ft) may be able to dive for many hours without needing to do decompression stops. At depths greater than 40 metres (130 ft), a diver may have only a few minutes at the deepest part of the dive before decompression stops are needed.

How many times can you dive in a day?

For recreational divers, a typical limit is 4-5 dives per day as long as you follow dive tables or use a computer to track. For shallower depths, you will need to refer to dive tables to be able to determine how many dives you can safely do in a day and how long those dives can last.

What is a failed dive?

A failed dive will be called by the Referee if: • the diver’s rotation is 1/4 turn short or past the described amount of rotation. • any body part touches the water before the feet in a feet first entry or the hands and. head in a head first entry. • the diver balks twice on the same dive.

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How do you equalize blocked sinuses?

Sinus Squeeze Treatment

  1. Apply warm compresses to the face.
  2. Pain medications such as acetaminophen (or stronger if prescribed by a health care professional) may be needed to treat symptoms.
  3. Avoid diving until recovery is complete.
  4. Oral pseudoephedrine and topical nasal sprays (such as Afrin) should be used.

Can you dive with sinus problems?

It’s always best not to dive with a cold or any condition that may block the sinus air passages. If you experience difficulties during descent, this is the time to abort the dive. Remember that you can only abort a descent, never an ascent.