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Old 23 December 2009, 18:38   #31
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this is going to sound bad, but i've just come back from a do and am a bit full of the amber nector but here goes, we're here for a good time not a long time
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Old 23 December 2009, 18:52   #32
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Sorry BruceB, not in my experience. Having said that, I'm not advocating JSP should take the plunge.
On the scottish west coast in summer the first 10-15m is kelp most places or bare sand/rock where there is significant wave action. Then again my thing is wrecks and have just booked next summer for the Laurentic, Audacious and Justiticia again. Only 45-70m or so!
I don't do fish!

As far as self certified medicals go it is almost certain that if you are on regular prescription drugs and/or have heart problems you will be referred to a referee for a full medical. For several reasons I need this every time I get one as I always tick not one but two of the "oh shit" boxes on the self cert form
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Old 24 December 2009, 05:15   #33
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Then again my thing is wrecks and have just booked next summer for the Laurentic, Audacious and Justiticia again.
That should be nice. Assuming it's with Loyal Watcher, you'll be mooring up in our inshore cruising grounds. We could collect you for a beer & pizza run to town!
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Old 24 December 2009, 10:39   #34
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Nope, did a couple of trips before on the LW but this time is with John Thornton on the Karin.
Don't have an iterinary as yet other than the planned wrecks, no idea on berths or mooring places at the moment.
I haven't managed the Empire Heritage as yet on any trip so keeping the fingers crossed
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Old 31 December 2009, 07:12   #35
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this is going to sound bad, but i've just come back from a do and am a bit full of the amber nector but here goes, we're here for a good time not a long time
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Old 31 December 2009, 08:21   #36
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Sorry if this has been answered, at work and no time to read through the whole thread.
Two events of bends in our club due to a hole in the heart.
First, a young guy in his second year of diving, regulation dive within the tables and not a deep dive.
That ended his diving.
Second guy, nearly 30 years diving, regularly dives a hundred dives a year, nickname man fish.
Diving on his second dive of the day, again both regulation dives, surfaces and needs help to get on board, those on board the boat knowing this guy imediately know something is wrong.
They administer Oxygen and put in a call to the coastguard and he is airlifted to Plymouth DDRC.
To cut a long story short, ends up in a wheelchair for several months, our club are commended for their swift action by Phil Bryson of DDRC.
All is well now with the guy, but he no longer dives.
Transpires he has been diving for all these years with a hole in his heart.

If you really want to dive get in touch with Dr Phil Bryson with details of your condition at the Diving Deseases Research Centre at Derriford Hospital Plymouth, you may well be able to dive with restrictions.

Good luck

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Old 31 December 2009, 08:26   #37
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Sorry if this has been answered, at work and no time to read through the whole thread.
Two events of bends in our club due to a hole in the heart.
First, a young guy in his second year of diving, regulation dive within the tables and not a deep dive.
That ended his diving.
Second guy, nearly 30 years diving, regularly dives a hundred dives a year, nickname man fish.
Diving on his second dive of the day, again both regulation dives, surfaces and needs help to get on board, those on board the boat knowing this guy imediately know something is wrong.
They administer Oxygen and put in a call to the coastguard and he is airlifted to Plymouth DDRC.
To cut a long story short, ends up in a wheelchair for several months, our club are commended for their swift action by Phil Bryson of DDRC.
All is well now with the guy, but he no longer dives.
Transpires he has been diving for all these years with a hole in his heart.

If you really want to dive get in touch with Dr Phil Bryson with details of your condition at the Diving Deseases Research Centre at Derriford Hospital Plymouth, you may well be able to dive with restrictions.

Good luck

Steve
Thanks Steve but I know what Dr Bryson will say. Besides he wont know anything about the condition or if he does then I'll shake his hand. I have to travel from the NW of England to London just to see a doc who knows something about the condition.
Ah well, mark it down as a fantasy. Got to remember I've got kids here who need all that I can give.
Thanks for the in put everyone
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have a go at snorkelling as pablo said ,if thats ok medicaly for you ,the basic scuba kit nowadays weighs a lot ,just getting from the car to the waters edge carrying kit is physicaly demanding in itself,,,i dived for over 25 years starting off in 72 with home made wetsuit kits to commercial full face band masks with umbilical ,,,,but my last final dive was a snorklel dive on a shallow wreck ,, CHEWY will know this one the MOUNTOBAN or frenchman wreck ar Redcar ,,,and it was the best dive that i ever did ,,,just using an old wetsuit and mask that i kept onboard my fishing boat .you dont even have to dive down if the waters clear or shallow enough,,,,either that or a bucket with a perpex bottom stuck in with silicone ,kids love it leaning over the side of the boat and you dont even have to get wet ,,,good viz helps though lol
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Diving is something I've always wanted to try ever since I got a Job working in the Northern diver factory in my early teens. Was told I couldn't do it due to having a small hole in my heart.
But I was wondering, is there any kind of diving I could do? I'm not sure of the ins and out's but I guess I'm restricted to pressure?
I had to stop diving some years ago due to angina and hypertension. Although I feel fine and the tablets keep the condition stable ,it was never life threatning. Medical opinion was indecisive and I could have carried on.
I did consider however if I was wrong and got into trouble,someone else would have to bring me to the surface, putting there saftey at risk. This was the reason I reluctantly stopped diving.
Hope this helps
PS Nothern dive dry suits are the best you can get, mine is hanging up in the garage, looking forlorn and crying out for a new owner..... any takers?
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