Three things to consider about In Water Recompression

Nathaniel is a hookah diver contracted by a previous employer, He is a a classic candidate which may benefit much from IWR




Scuba diving, Underwater photography, learn scuba diving, padi
IWR seminar found via PCSSD Social Media page

I chanced seeing Sir Alex Santos IWR seminar via PCSSD's social media page, where Alex is a world renowned speaker, a legend in the Ph diving circles and founder/owner of Philtech Divers, the one stop shop for commercial and advanced recreational tech diving for government agencies and passionate tech diving practitioners.

I had to attend this since I had a very close friend who sadly self administered in water recompression on a personal theory which did not yield expected results. All ended well but with better knowledge, the outcome would have been probably a more successful effort (think full body mobility).

Scuba Diving, Learn Scuba, Manila, Philippines, PaparazSea
Only Two Hyperbaric Chambers listed in the DOT Diving page
average per session cost can set you back USD500 up (multiple treatments needed)
source: divephilippines.com.ph

I'm certainly not qualified nor had extensive experience with the subject matter,  am just sharing why IWR is very relevant to travel diving scenarios. I would  encourage interested readers to contact Philtech diving directly, as this knowledge is based on decades of their hardwork and experience juxtaposed their true to life success stories, plus details of the subject matter is reserved for rescue divers and pro diving practitioners.

here are the three considerations why IWR is very relevant in today's growing dive and travel community.

Consideration One: Time Factor 

Once someone gets DCS or DCI, decompression procedures must be administered as soon as possible. A delay between one to six hours can quickly worsen the condition of those hit by DCS and DCI and may lead to permanent disability of various motor functions plus lets face it, the best diving spots especially in the Philippines are probably four hours away from the nearest hyperbaric chamber.

Alex Santos sharing an actual IWR set up they've developed which they have gotten much successes

Consideration Two: Geography

as shared, the best diving spots on Earth for diving and photography are so remote (e.g. taking multiple flights to get to a destination) and while o2 may be available on board a livaboard or in a remote island, divers suffering from severe conditions must be subjected to treatment as soon as possible. Unless you have a private helicopter at your disposal, IWR can be the next best alternative if you find yourself hit while on your dream destination far from civilization.

More people are now diving remote locations which do not have immediate access to a hyperbaric chamber

Consideration Three: Cost

While divers with means are recommended to follow the o2-h2o-hyperbaric chamber procedure if hit by DCS and DCI, IWR can be considered as the next best alternative for locals based in far flung islands which simply don't have the means to undergo hyperbaric chamber treatment and lets face it, not everyone can have a caring boss, be surrounded by a supportive community or have unlimited financial resources.
Local hookah guides like Nathaniel fits the profile as one to benefit greatly from IWR


For those interested in gathering more information about IWR, contact your dive professional near you and have yourself certified at least having a rescue leadership role in diving and then, follow this up or better yet get the full monty from Philtech Divers. Kindly do not attempt without any training or certification. Unselfishness may be better expressed by leaving things done by an experienced professional.


Contact Alex Santos/Philtech divers at

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thanks for coming and sharing, cheers

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