JERSEY HYPERBARIC TREATMENT CENTRE

The Jersey Association of Divers was formed on October 27th 1981 by a number of divers and other interested parties, with the express intention of providing a local recompression facility for the ever increasing number of sport divers on the island as well as the growing number of visiting divers from the continent and the UK.

Until the association was formed, all diving emergencies had to be transported to chambers in Guernsey or the UK, by sea or air, methods which were always under threat of delays due to bad weather. These delays could mean the difference between total recovery or permanent illness and dissability for decompression sickness (DCS) victims. Delays in the treatment of DCS, Pulmonary barotrauma (burst lung) or embolism, can in some cases prove fatal.

Funds were raised for the purchase of the chamber through subscriptions, donations and an anonymous benefactor. The chamber arrived in Jersey in March 1983 with the facility fully commissioned and available for use by August of that year. The chamber was officialy opened on September 20th 1983 by His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor, Sir Peter Whitely, OBE,CBE on what was then known as the old abattoir site in St Helier.

In 1993 the charity changed it's name to the Jersey Hyperbaric Treament Centre, to better reflect the aims and objectives of the charity.

In 1998 the chamber was relocated to its current site, an old German bunker on the Albert Pier, adjacent to the Life Boat Station.

Since then, the chamber and it's team have successfully treated many divers suffering from DCS. The aim of the team remains the same to this day, in educating divers and treating the effects of DCS.