The Playa del Carmen Hyperbaric Chamber and Clinic serves
this entire region. Our facility offers specialized medical care for commercial and recreational SCUBA divers suffering from Decompression Sickness
(DCS) or Arterial Gas Embolism (AGE), and treats non-emergency ailments (ear problems, fitness to dive physicals, and the like). Divers and Non-divers are assessed and treated
by our full time MD's.
you are visiting Playa del Carmen and would like to tour
our facility, you are more than welcome! Chamber tours
are free, but we do ask that you contact us during normal
business hours by phone to arrange an appropriate time
to ensure there is no interference with any patient treatments
In our teaching and conference facilities,
we frequently host seminars for the local dive operators,
medical community, and the interested public.
Tender / Operator Program (TOP)
(Please contact us for futher information)
Teaching Presentations / Lectures
We sponsor presentations by chamber staff or international
guest speakers. These seminars are free of charge and will
be announced by e-mail and posters to
members of the local diving community. Presentations include
topics such as: Chamber Orientation, DCS Prevention, Ear
Problems and Diving, Ear Infections, Principles of Recompression, Nitrogen Narcosis, Drugs interaction with diving, etc..
The SSS Network / Playa Del Carmen Chamber
Facility is an International Divers Alert Network (IDAN) Referral Center,
part of the Undersea Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) and
a member of the European Underwater and Baromedical Society
(EUBS), and has the recognition of the Riviera Maya Association
of Dive and Water Sport Operators (APSA).
SSS Network / Playa del Carmen Hyperbaric Clinic uses
a Multiplace and Multi-Lock Recompression Chamber. It
is equipped to accommodate up to three patients plus an
inside attendant, who accompanies the patients for the
duration of the treatment.
"Multiplace" and “Multi-Lock” chambers allow
the chamber technician to transfer additional or relief
staff or physician, supplies, and any other necessities
in or out of the chamber without interrupting the treatment.
The chamber may be pressurized up to 165 feet (fsw) / 50
meters, allowing us to provide any of the table options
as outlined in the U.S. Navy treatment protocols. We also
have mixed-gas treatment capabilities, COMEX tables, and have applied
them in certain special cases.
Many Chambers used worldwide today can only be pressurized to a maximum of 60 feet (fsw) / 18 meters. While adequate for HBOT
(chronic wound healing treatments) they are incapable of delivering the full range of available treatment protocols for all
diving accidents. Multiplace and Double Lock chambers are more expensive to operate, but we feel that the level of medical
care delivered is worth the extra cost.
Dive Operators in the Riviera Maya region formed the Riviera
Maya Association of Dive and Water Sport Operators (APSA).
Their philosophy is to ensure that members follow a
set of standards regarding safety and professionalism,
and conduct their educational programs with a high level
of quality. Strict guidelines are also set out in order
to continually preserve the fragile ecological system.
To learn more about APSA and the members who support them,
please find complete listings on their website.
With the assistance and support of a large number of dive
operators in Playa, and through the MHI Riviera Maya ACCESS
PROGRAM, we work to provide the speediest evacuation and acccess to our clinic and the safest possible treatment
in the case of a diving accident.
These Dive Operators have made a strong commitment to
diving safety in the Playa del Carmen area and throughout
the Riviera Maya.
The Dive Operators are listed below in alphabetical order.
means that the website or email contact was not available
at time of publication).