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I'm curious about chamber dives because the dive centre I am webmaster for in Gran Canaria has just bought a new dive centre and it has its own deco chamber and is offering chamber dives to 40m. It started me thinking about why you would want to do one - is it just to find out how narced you get at that depth or is there another reason for doing one?
 

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It's a generally accepted way of testing elements of task loading, physiological stuff etc without the danger of being underwater.
 

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Why do dogs lick their balls? Because they can ! No seriously,as Ammers says it is an interesting experience.If you get the chance to do a chamber dive to say 50m in a group it's really interesting.If I remember corectly we had to do a 50m chamber dive before we even got our feet wet when I did my HSE ticket.Some people can get very nervy,not just due to narc.but also due to the environment,by the time you're singing "Friggin in the riggin" a la Mickey Mouse you'll appreciate the disgusted looks of others as never before.It's well worth organising a trip even for experienced divers,Fort Bill do them at a price but the Police Chamber at Preston(Hutton)used to do them too.Do'nt know if it's still there though.Cheers,Hobby.

(Edited by Hobby at 1:21 pm on May 29, 2002)
 

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I'm curious about chamber dives because the dive centre I am webmaster for in Gran Canaria has just bought a new dive centre and it has its own deco chamber and is offering chamber dives to 40m. It started me thinking about why you would want to do one - is it just to find out how narced you get at that depth or is there another reason for doing one?
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You can do a chamber dive at Fort William for £40. They'll take you down to 50m and narc you out of your box (assuming you ask Mac nicely! ;) ) I think it's mainly so those that have no intention or wish of finding themselves at that depth can -

a) get narced in safety

b) say "I've dived to 50m" - which is technically true, dry but true.....

Just remember that with a chamber dive it can be more difficult to equalise than in water - anyone who (including Frog and myself) has used Kirby's can testify to that fact
 

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Using the Kirby is quite an experience, and a bit freaky.  We get wet, but head stays dry.  However,having warm water pumped round the suit all the time is lovely.  Do not upset Mac - I cursed him upside down and back again, and he did get his own back with a large hose pipe.  If you have the chance, go for it.  Life is not a dress rehersal.

(Edited by Frog at 4:36 pm on June 13, 2002)
 

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I got the following link sent by Stuart Walker of the Hyperbaric Medicine Unit of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary's website - its got a GREAT virtual tour of the interior of the chamber.

http://www.hyperchamber.com
 
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