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I am planning on doing my Padi this year, having done a couple of
dives last year in Honduras without any troubles. I am however a
little concerned about going down this path as from a birth I have
suffered from Hydrocephalus and was 10 weeks premature. This means
that I am shunted to enable the fluid to drain from my brain.
At first I had two shunts, but now I only have one. In 1996, my shunt
was revised twice due to age of the mechanics and touch wood I do not
have any troubles at present, though I have yearly out-patient visits
to my Consultant. I recently transferred to the National in Queens
Square WC1 from GOSH, where I had been from just after birth, having
been moved from UCH.
Otherwise, I live a normal life, bar participating in rugby, kick
boxing and pub brawls. If you would be able to shed any light on the
safety of scuba diving with my condition I would appreciate it.
Thatís what I like to hear. Good old British pastimes. They can take away the fox hunting, but they canít stop us fighting in pubs. Longer licensing hours. Itís just a reason for an even bigger fight when the boozer closes at 2 a.m. See you in Stuttgart in June mate. Iím tooled up. And so should you be with your PADI card. I assume your shunt goes into your abdomen. The high pressure cerebrospinal fluid has to be taken away from your brain as it canít go the normal route out. The tube takes it safely into your tummy cavity, and as thereís no air involved, all is not compressible at depth. So OK, just get a fit to dive cert first.