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Midlands Diving Chamber Reflecting on a Season of Unique Diving Experiences

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CASUALTIES OF PRESSURE, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, AND A NEW CHALLENGE ON THE HORIZON FOR SOMEONE?

As our dry dive season temporary closes till the autumn, we reflect on the fun experiences we gave to the dive centres, clubs and individuals that braved the 50m dive and asked to do the daftest of things. In some cases, we didn’t even ask, the daft things just happened all by themselves.

On one dive, somebody was laughing that much they slid off the chair onto the floor of the chamber and, as they couldn’t get up, they made themselves quite comfortable.

This then started the group off in fits of uncontrolled laughter that could be heard the other side of Warwickshire. Although the attempts to get vertical were memorable to those on the outside, those on the inside seem to have forgotten once surfaced. Not many could remember what they had been laughing at, or the fact they had been laughing at all.

We won’t let on what the games you are given to do, but there were casualties from these events – over 200 ping pong balls didn’t survive, numerous tennis balls were squished, and sheets of neoprene became so compressed there was no return for them.

Talking of casualties of hyperbaric work, our chamber toilet – nothing special, just a caravan portable toilet – after many years of service to the diving community finally broke beyond repair. This toilet has seen many bottoms of those in need and probably done more dives than most divers we know.

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If you have come to us for a treatment in the past, you would have experienced our local takeaways and an option of a movie to watch. This will help distract from the long hours in the steel tube listening to the attendant rattling on about anything – and I mean just anything. So, to keep you awake, we have an extensive list of movies, however, the big question is…

Why do divers keep asking for Pirates of the Caribbean? We think there must a strange obsession for the film as the DVD is now missing. Where could it be? The case of the missing Pirate film continues, so if you have any ideas, answers on a postcard…

Are you up for a new challenge?

GMC registered, love of adventure in the underwater office and want to learn about Hyperbaric Medicine? Then please get in touch for a chat about joining the MDC team.


Emergency tel no: 07931 472602 | Landline: 01788 579555

Midlands Diving Chamber

Midlands Diving Chamber, Redmond House, Hospital of St Cross, Barby Road, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV22 5PX


This article was originally published in Scuba Diver UK #74.

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