So, you have had surgery and want to get back on the water. If you are like me you will want to get back out there as soon as possible, but there are several things to consider (obviously) so the purpose of this is to provide a bit of guidance.
Here is a list of things to do to ensure you get back sailing and diving in a timely fashion:
Now after a few weeks you will most likely have a post-op appointment with your doctor and he/she will explain the next steps. This will include keeping yourself on the right track with healing and building your strength back up.
When in doubt listen to your doctor, contact DAN (Divers Alert Network) if your physician is unfamiliar with diving, take it slow, and take care of yourself! You are no good to your dive buddies and/or your sailing crew if you pushed it too early and heaven forbid need another procedure or your recovery time gets pushed out even longer. The goal is to get back diving and sailing. Let your body do its thing and you will be back out there in no time.
Matt Barrett – PADI Assistant Instructor