What causes narcosis while diving?

What is narcosis while diving?

In underwater diving, narcosis (nitrogen narcosis, inert gas narcosis, raptures of the deep, Martini effect) is a reversible change in consciousness that occurs while a person is diving at deep depths. Certain gases at high-pressure cause an anesthetic effect that alters a diver’s consciousness.

At what depth does nitrogen narcosis occur?

Nitrogen narcosis describes the anesthetic effect of increased nitrogen levels that typically occurs in divers at depths below 70 feet of sea water (fsw). Symptoms include light‐headedness, euphoria, and loss of fine motor coordination.

What are diving bends?

Decompression sickness: Often called “the bends,” decompression sickness happens when a scuba diver ascends too quickly. Divers breathe compressed air that contains nitrogen. At higher pressure under water, the nitrogen gas goes into the body’s tissues. This doesn’t cause a problem when a diver is down in the water.

What does narcosis feel like?

Most divers describe nitrogen narcosis as feeling like they’re uncomfortably drunk or dazed. People with nitrogen narcosis often appear that way to others too. Common symptoms of nitrogen narcosis include: poor judgement.

What happens if a diver does not decompress?

If you don’t decompress when scuba diving you will end up with decompression sickness, which can be fatal. All dives are decompression dives, which means you should always ascend slowly after a dive and where appropriate carry out decompression stops. As a safety precaution you should also perform a safety stop too.

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Why should I not turn off a dive computer between dives?

Don’t turn your computer off between dives.

Most won’t let you, but if you take out the battery or shut the computer down, it loses its memory of your previous dives and your residual nitrogen. You’ll have to allow all residual nitrogen to leave your body before resuming use of the computer.

What is considered altitude diving?

Any time you scuba dive at an altitude higher than 300 metres/1000 feet above sea level, you’re altitude diving.