Flying After Diving

This workshop on flying after recreational diving was organised by Divers Alert Network (DAN) to bring together representatives from the recreational diving industry with experts from other diving communities. The workshop had two purposes: (a) to review the guidelines and experimental data developed since the first flying after diving (FAD) workshop in 1989; and (b) to debate a consensus for new flying after recreational diving guidelines. Previous consensus advised to wait 12, 24 and 48 hours before flying after a single, repetitive and decompression dive respectively. This was considered overly conservative. Subsequently, DAN proposed a simpler 24-hour wait after any and all recreational diving. There were objections to this on the grounds that the DCS risks of FAD were too low to warrant such a long delay and would result in loss of business for island diving resorts.