Category Archives: Barbados

Hyperbaric Chamber in Barbados

Dr Michael Brown with us at the Hyperbaric Chamber in Barbados

Barbados Defence Force hyperbaric chamber

Duration 24 minutes 5 seconds

We visit the Barbados Defence Force Garrison to meet Dr Michael Brown who is in charge of the Islands hyperbaric chamber.

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When a person scuba dives they generally use a cylinder of compressed air to breath from, although for deep dives or specific reasons, compressed air can be replaced by special mixes of gasses.   Due to the nature of diving, the diver is at pressure underwater and the deeper they go, the more pressure they are under.   A diver is limited to the depth and amount of time he can spend underwater without having to allow a certain period of time to elapse at a certain depth to allow nitrogen to expel from his body otherwise he may suffer from “The Bends” or decompression sickness.

Barbados is one of the few countries in the Caribbean which operates a hyperbaric chamber seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day.

The hyperbaric chamber is located at the garrison of the Barbados Defence Force on the outskirts of Bridgetown and is provided & funded by them.

Dr Michael Brown is an english doctor with over twenty-four years of experience with treating divers suffering from DCS or decompression sickness and has a dedicated team available 24 hours a day to treat divers suspected of a DCS problem.

We talk with Dr Brown about the history of diving & DCS and learn of the pioneering work in the early 1900’s of Professor John Scott Haldane, and also learn about what happens to a diver who is brought in for treatment.

Dr Brown shows us the current chamber installed and talks about the many other uses that a hyperbaric chamber has medically – including the treatment of sickle cell, burns, diabetes and ulcers.

Info on scuba diving was granted access to the facility by Colonel Alvin Quintyne, Chief of Staff of the Barbados Defense Authority and we are extremely grateful to him for this rare insight into the operation of a hyperbaric chamber.

UPDATE: We were recently emailed by someone in Grenada whos brother had suffered a bend and she was asking us about the costs of getting to and being treated at the chamber in Barbados.

PLEASE, IF YOU OR SOMEONE ELSE IS SUSPECTED OF HAVING A BEND CONTACT YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY SERVICES! – We are an internet tv channel and do not have emergency resources. Time is critical!

Other videos to choose from in this section are:

Interview with Hightide Watersport at Dive 2008, diving in Barbados part one, Turtle conservation, Huntes Gardens, Neville Crawford – local artist, Shirley who runs a food hut at Oistins Market & Mount Gay Rum.
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Shortly there will be other segments here with reports on diving in Barbados part 2 & other visitor attractions – so check back soon!

 

Anyone that suspects they are in need of treatment at the chamber in Barbados should telephone 4365483 – this number is ONLY for diving emergencies in Barbados.

For diving emergencies in the UK, The London Diving Chamber, provides a 24 hour advice line and NHS funded recompression for divers in the UK, London.

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Mount Gay Rum Tour – Barbados

Duration 4 minutes 1 second

After a days diving, there is nothing more relaxing than enjoying a glass or two of the locally produced Mount Gay Rum.

Mount Gay has a documented history back to 1703 but probably goes back even before that date. Rum is the product of sugar cane which is grown and then distilled on the Island. We get to visit the Mount Gay Rum tour and have a lighthearted interview with Alan, the bartender of the tour who takes us through the various types of rum produced – and we even get to have a sample or two!

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To learn more about the Mount Gay Rum brand, please visit their website. Mount Gay Rum official website.

 

Other videos to choose from in this section are:

Interview with Hightide Watersport at Dive 2008, a visit to Huntes Gardens, Turtle conservation, Barbados Defence Force hyperbaric chamber, Neville Crawford – local artist, Shirley who runs a food hut at Oistins Market & Diving in Barbados Part One.

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Barbados Sea Turtle Conservation Project

Duration 13 minutes 8 seconds

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The Barbados Sea Turtle Project operates from the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill Campus).

For over 20 years, they have been involved in the conservation of the endangered marine turtle species that exist on Barbados.

We talk to Professor Julia Horrocks from the University of the West Indies, and her volunteers about the work they undertake to save the sea turtles around Barbados. Each week, volunteers dive on the reefs and wrecks around Barbados, hoping to find new turtles to tag and study. Previously tagged turtles are checked and logged again to update the statistics. Hightide Watersports, a local dive operator works closely with the project giving them assistance to dive in the waters off the Barbados coastline to tag and monitor the turtles that are found there. The public and holidaymakers are encouraged to report any sightings on the beaches of new hatchlings to the conservationists.

For more information and how to get involved, visit their website. Barbados sea turtles conservation project.

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Other videos to choose from in this section are:

Interview with Hightide Watersport at Dive 2008, a visit to Huntes Gardens, diving in Barbados part one,  Barbados Defence Force hyperbaric chamber, Neville Crawford – local artist,  Malin Martelly – local artist and jeweller, a visit to Shirleys’ food hut at Oistins Market, The Sandpiper Hotel & Mount Gay Rum.

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Huntes Gardens – Barbados

An oasis of calm: Duration 6 minutes 9 seconds

We spend an afternoon in the company of Anthony Hunte, the owner and creator of Hunte’s Gardens in Castle Grant, St Joseph, Barbados.
Anthony has built this lovely tropical garden, set in two hectares, on the site of an old sugar plantation.

Visit Hunte’s Gardens website for details of the gardens. Hunte’s Gardens.

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Other videos to choose from in this section are:

Interview with Hightide Watersport at Dive 2008, diving in Barbados part one, Turtle conservation, Barbados Defence Force hyperbaric chamber, Neville Crawford – local artist, Malin Martelly – local artist & jeweller, Shirley who runs a food hut at Oistins Market, The Sandpiper Hotel & Mount Gay Rum.

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Barbados – An Overview

Duration 4 minutes 45 seconds

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At Dive 2008 at the NEC in the UK we visited the Barbados Tourism Authority stand and spoke to Martin Norsworthy,
a British dive owner,operator in Barbados running PADI centre Hightide Watersports.
Here, he tells us what we can expect from the scuba diving there.

 We have a number of video segments in the Barbados section from our trip to the Island as guests of the Barbados Tourism Authority.