Skydiving & Scuba diving, what’s the catch?

Have you ever wondered why scuba diving and skydiving are so closely related, yet so different sports?

Whenever you search the web about scuba diving or skydiving, you always have to stumble on these to related to each other. So what is the fuss about it? We are going to answer these questions here, on the scuba diving corner.

Scuba diving & Skydiving relation

Now, let’s get clear what is the difference and relation between these two.

As the name says, scuba diving is an underwater sports activity and skydiving is a sport based in the air. The biggest relation between these is that you are not recommended to skydive after you scuba dive. Anyone involved in these sports should inform you of the side effects that can occur.

Why not to skydive after scuba diving?

There is a thing called the bends. Also known as decompression sickness or Caisson disease. DCS is a very common side effect that occurs to people who cross 1000 ft or 300 meters above sea level shortly after diving. This can happen in the body due to dissolved nitrogen escaped from the solution and create bubbles in the bloodstream and tissues. DSC can lead into the serious injuries.

How long should you wait to fly after scuba diving?

To avoid any unwanted situation, it’s recommended not to skydive for 24 hours after scuba diving. Military divers claim that 12 hours is enough time, but if you want to be sure, it’s for the best to stick with 24h. Through this time, everything in your body is back to normal. You can enjoy scuba diving and have no worries.

What can happen if you skydive soon after scuba diving?

You should always wait for the recommended time to pass and plan dives ahead to prevent DSC injuries. Underwater there is a natural pressure that is increasing as we dive deeper. While breathing oxygen from air tank, our body absorbs the nitrogen into the bloodstream and tissue. It can affect almost every part of the body. This is where we talk about the heart, brain, lungs, joints and even skin.

If you do not wait for the recommended time to pass after diving and go skydive. In addition to joint pain you also risk serious injuries like paralysis and shock. The circulation of bubbles through your bloodstream can also lead to unwanted areas and even cause death.

Can you fly before diving?

Flying or skydiving before scuba diving has no dangers. After flying, you can scuba dive without any worries. This is not the case as in the reverse situation where flying after diving is risky.

Which is safer scuba diving or skydiving?

A few years ago, back in 2015. The United States Parachute Association conducted a study on scuba diving and skydiving safety and accidents. By their results skydiving is safer than scuba diving. That year, 21 accidents with fatal outcomes occurred in skydiving. That equals 0.006 accidents happen in every 1000 jumps. While in scuba diving there were 0.164 fatal accidents in every 1,000 dives. Statistically speaking, diving is more dangerous than skydiving.

But that’s statistics. The real circumstances in sports are much more complex than statistics can predict. People involved in scuba diving and skydiving always keep in mind the dangers that sport carries with it. You should always be aware of the potential accidents, and be well prepared to deal with them.

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