Decompression Sickness is a Real Danger

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Will a scuba computer help a diver avoid decompressions sickness?

Decompression Sickness is a Real Danger

Scuba computers can lessen the risk of decompression sickness, or "the bends." But decompression sickness still is a real danger on any complex or deep dive. Don't overly rely on your scuba computer.

Risks include:

  • Your computer goes down. We all have experienced the hassle with our PCs and office computers. Your underwater scuba computer could fail when you need it most.
  • Your risk of getting the bends also depends on your physical shape. Your age, fitness and any medical conditions may be factors.
  • Computers can lock out divers, if they descend beyond safety limits on a dive. If that occurs, the diver should not depend on his scuba computer for the next 24 hours.
  • Various dive computers use differing algorithms for gas absorption and pressure. They do not use a uniform method. Some may be described as more cautious than others.

   

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