Is deep diving bad for your health?
Can I be seriously hurt while scuba diving? Yes. The most dangerous medical problems are barotrauma to the lungs and decompression sickness, also called “the bends.” Barotrauma occurs when you are rising to the surface of the water (ascent) and gas inside the lungs expands, hurting surrounding body tissues.
Why is it dangerous for divers to go too deep under water?
Like nitrogen, the body absorbs extra oxygen under increased underwater pressure. For most divers this is not a problem, but at extreme depths so much extra oxygen is absorbed that it becomes toxic. The effects range from tunnel vision and nausea to twitching to loss of consciousness and seizures.
Does diving damage the brain?
Acute decompression illness (DCI) involving the brain (Cerebral DCI) is one of the most serious forms of diving-related injuries which may leave residual brain damage. Cerebral DCI occurs in compressed air and in breath-hold divers, likewise.
Does diving have long term effects?
Although over the past several years,medical literature and the lay press have suggested that there are potential chronic long-term detrimental effects of diving. This data implies that diving may produce subclinical damage to the brain, spinal cord, inner ear, retina, and the small airways of the lung.
Does scuba diving shorten your life?
“The average lifespan of a commercial diver is 2 years, tops.” “After years of breathing the mixed gases you start to go a little insane and get kooky. You stay that way the rest of your life!” I”ve been in contact with quite a few commercial divers of whom still work in the industry and have been for 15+ years.
What happens if you come up from diving too fast?
If a diver ascends too quickly, the nitrogen gas in his body will expand at such a rate that he is unable to eliminate it efficiently, and the nitrogen will form small bubbles in his tissues. This is known as decompression sickness, and can be very painful, lead to tissue death, and even be life threatening.
How deep can you dive without decompression?
There’s a bit of physics and physiology involved in a full explanation, but the short answer is: 40 metres/130 feet is the deepest you can dive without having to perform decompression stops on your way back to the surface.