Intracardial gas bubbles, detected with Doppler ultrasound, and symptoms of decompression sickness were registered at 9,000 m simulated altitude within 12, 18, and 24 h of exposures to 15 or 39 m simulated water depth allowing no stage decompression. With a time interval of 12 h between diving and flying, the earliest intracardial bubbles were found in some subjects already during the first ... [Show full abstract] minutes at altitude, and the earliest symptoms of decompression sickness some minutes afterwards. With an 18-h interval, the earliest bubbles and symptoms as well as their average time onsets appeared somewhat later. With a 24-h interval, the earliest bubbles and symptoms were detected slightly later, i.e. after 17 min and 23 min, respectively. Thus, a safe time interval between no-stage decompression dives and flying at 9,000 m cabin altitude for a maximum of 15 min appears to be 24 h. For prolonged such flights, a longer time interval seems to be necessary.