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posted : December 14, 2008 Post subject: Plymouth August- free dry dive
Hello Divers,

As part of my research degree at Plymouth University I am currently carrying out Chamber Dives at the DDRC in Plymouth.

At the moment I am looking to recruit qualified divers to take part in dry dives during the first two weeks in January. These are free of charge; all that it would cost you is your time (around 4hrs) and your transport to the DDRC, Plymouth. I can easily help organise groups of divers from further afield if you are looking to split travel costs. These dives have proved popular for clubs to organise as a social event, as you are given a tour of the facilities and learn about what the DDRC does besides emergency recompressions as well as being a fun day out. Normally a Recompression Chamber Awareness Course could cost around £140 per person but as this study is funded through my research degree it is absolutely free to take part.

DIVE DATES: Any of the dates below are available.

[B]Tuesday 6th Jan 2009
Wednesday 7th Jan
Thursday 8th Jan
Friday 9th Jan
Monday 12th Jan
Tuesday 13th Jan
Wednesday 14th Jan
Thursday 15th Jan
Friday 16th Jan[/B]

At the moment these are the only available dates in January.

What does this research involve? Qualified divers (any level/organisation) will be given the opportunity to take part in a dry-dive in the large 8 person chamber at the research centre whilst helping me with my studies by carrying out some simple tasks whilst at depth. The aim of my study is to determine if there are any discernible differences between novice and experienced divers, in the way that these tasks are carried out.

Does this all sounds too good to be true? Well, there is a snag! In order to keep the cost to the DDRC to a minimum (we are a charity after all) the dives are only available on weekdays at a lunchtime dive slot. As you can imagine there is a fair amount of paperwork, mainly form filling and consent agreements, so I ask participants to be at the DDRC for 10am on a dive day and they are free to leave 1 hour after the dive, at around 2-2:30pm. I do understand that will exclude many of you, however it does cost the DDRC a four-figure sum to run the chamber out with normal working hours. I hope that this does not put too many people off as this research relies upon the goodwill of divers in order to further this research into the sport, for the benefit and safety of all divers.

At the moment I am recruiting for the first two weeks in January and would simply like to know which weekday dates would suit individual divers, or clubs/groups. What would be ideal is if you could respond stating: ‘I can do any Tuesday……I’m free the week of the 12th …… I can do any day in those two weeks…etc’. This way I can collect all the possible dates and try to fill the chamber from there.

If you have any questions or queries, then I can be contacted at either: or through my research website at (here you can also take part in a web questionnaire relevant to diving)

Thanks so much for your time, I really appreciate that it is difficult to give up your free time to help out with this study but you do get to enjoy the unique experience of a dry chamber dive,
Kind Regards

Graham Samson

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