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What Is The 120 Rule In Scuba Diving?

What Is The 120 Rule In Scuba Diving?

The “120 rule” in scuba diving is a safety guideline that recommends that divers should not stay at a depth beyond 120 feet (36 meters) for longer than a total of 120 minutes in a day, to avoid decompression sickness.

This rule is based on the assumption that a diver who exceeds these limits may be at an increased risk of decompression sickness, which is a condition that can occur when dissolved gases in the body, such as nitrogen, are not properly eliminated during the ascent from a dive.

The 120 rule is not a hard and fast rule and should not be seen as a substitute for proper dive planning and execution.

Divers should always adhere to the limits set by their certification agency, and plan their dives accordingly, taking into account factors such as the depth, duration, and the breathing gas used. It is also important for divers to be properly trained and experienced, and to always follow safe diving practices.

You might also want to know about what is the golden rule of scuba diving too.

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What Is The 120 Rule In Scuba Diving?

Article written by Russell Bowyer who has been a scuba diver since diving on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia in 1989. After his first dive he trained as a BSAC diver in the UK. He attained his Diver Leader certification with BSAC. He then went on to become a scuba diving instructor, teaching others how to dive and was voted as Diving Officer and Treasurer for the Saffron Walden BSAC club too. Russell has dived all over the world, including the UK, on liveaboards in the Red Sea, the Caribbean, South Africa and the USA. Russell is experienced in all dive types, including drift diving, deep dives that involved decompression stops and recreational dives too.

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