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    Diving trip in Cuba

    Does anybody know if there's a rebreather friendly place in Cuba. Either daily or liveaboard ?
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    Re: Diving trip in Cuba

    My wife and I were there 6 years ago and there were no rebreathers at the Isle of Youth or Veradero at that time. We also dove at the Bay of Pigs.

    Things may have changed since.

    The Isle of youth had some pretty spectacular diving but all on air - no nitrox or 02 at that time. Some spectacular deep walls and canyons, and the divemasters didnt babysit you at all, which was great. Most morning dives were in the 40 to 60 meter depth range, and some a little deeper.

    Accomodations at the Isle of Youth were primitive, to say the least, and the food was barely edible, but the Rum was cheap :)

    I would pass on diving in Veradero, not much worth seeing except a Russian Naval Vessel that had been sunk.

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    Re: Diving trip in Cuba

    Was there last christmas, great diving isle of youth. as for rebreathers forget
    it. oxygen is only for medical emergency, so no nitrox as well.

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    Re: Diving trip in Cuba

    Anyone have any clue if there's a chamber anywhere in Cuba? I'm fairly sure the Navy would have one at Guantanamo, but unsure if it would be available to a civilian diving casualty.

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    Re: Diving trip in Cuba

    When we were there, granted it was 6 years ago, there was no chamber for civilian use - we had checked and therefore really padded our deco.

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    Re: Diving trip in Cuba

    GB would not be available to Civilians. I have a friend who limped his sailboat into their with the bow tron open a few years back. He was a US citizen and after some negotiations on sea rescue laws he was allowed to stay under guard on board his boat and fix it. McMurdo in Antarctica will not longer support or do civilian rescues or provide emergency medical support. their used to be on at the University Years ago that was used for medical research but mostly got used for coral and lobster divers. Today it is hard to say. Now that it is a resort Mecca for the rest of the world and a diving destination region they have to have one that would have been put in either by their government or one of the socialist government for medical safety of their citizen on vacation. I read a article about how they were upgrading the medical facilities their for the citizens use.

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    Re: Diving trip in Cuba

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    Anyone have any clue if there's a chamber anywhere in Cuba? I'm fairly sure the Navy would have one at Guantanamo, but unsure if it would be available to a civilian diving casualty.

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    Re: Diving trip in Cuba

    Yes, there apparently are several chambers in Cuba. No telling on their current operational status or availabilty of operators (see below for some information), or accuracy of information; you can likely pull more info off the internet. If you have any connections at DAN, they can likely get you an updated list of chambers in operation.

    Gitmo does have a chamber, but as you noted they typically don't treat civilians. That being said, it is possible that if you communicate with the director of ops and discuss what you are doing, they may be receptive to emergency treatment depending on the circumstances. I say this because we arranged for treatment at the Key West chamber during a special dive project, and this was only after discussing our float plan, ops plan, contingencies, etc. They felt that we had put considerable thought into what we were doing, that we were not weekend yahoos, and, therefore, they offered to be on call for us since it would be the closest facility. Obviously, you have much more working against you at Gitmo, especially if you are there without a DOS permit/license. As a U.S. citizen there diving for fun you are likely SOL. If you are there legally operating under an educational/scientific license, that may help with access to Gitmo -- maybe.


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    Ciudad de La Habana
    Phones: (53 7) 861-7643 / 862-1579

    Centro de Medicina Hiperbárica de La Habana
    Hospital Naval "Dr. Luis Díaz Soto"
    Ciudad de La Habana
    Phones: (53 7) 97-3266 / 97-4251

    Cámara Hiperbárica Cárdenas
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    Cámara Hiperbárica Santiago de Cuba
    Hospital Naval "Castillo Duany"
    Santiago de Cuba
    Phones: (53 22) 2-6471 - 73

    Cámara Hiperbárica El Colony
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