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Medical information for scuba divers

Diving is great fun but there are important medical and fitness requirements that are in place for your safety and the safety of others that may be diving with you.

In Australia the law is strict and we have a great safety record. Click the link below to see the medical conditions that apply to you:

Open Water students

Continuing Education students

Certified divers

Introductory (DSD) divers

 

It is important to note that Queensland scuba diving medical requirements may differ to where you have dived in the past.

 

If you need a medical we would strongly encourage you to get it in your country/city of origin well in advance of your dive trip. Please download this PADI Medical Statement and have it completed by a doctor.

 

Please note that active asthma within the last 10 years will probably prevent you from diving and any prescription medication (excluding the oral contraceptive) must be cleared by a doctor.

 

All divers with asthma, including certified divers, are required to contact us prior to booking to dive. There are very strict requirements around diving with asthma and we need to discuss to discuss this directly with you.

 

Final approval to dive is at the discretion of the dive supervisor and skipper onboard the boat. Concealment of any condition incompatible with safe diving might put your health or life at risk.

 

If you already have medical clearance and intend on bringing it along then please note that it must be dated from within the last 12 months. Any medical clearance older than 12 months is not valid.

 

We encourage you to email us your medical clearance prior to arrival. This helps to avoid any potential problems as we can check the medical clearance is valid and ensures we have a copy even if you forgot to bring along the original.

 

 

PADI Open Water students or PADI referrals:

 

By Australian Law (2013) each Open Water student needs to complete a medical declaration that they are medically healthy or in several very important cases obtain written medical clearance from a qualified doctor.

 

If you do not have any medical issues and can answer “no” to the 3 questions below you DO NOT need a medical.

 

You WILL need a medical examination from a doctor if you:

 

1. Have any medical conditions mentioned in this Queensland Government Medical  Declaration.

 

2. Are over 45 years old.

 

3. Have a body mass index (BMI) over 30 (linked BMI chart) and a waist circumference greater than 102cms for males and 88cms for females.

 

If you require medical clearance to dive please download the PADI Medical Statement and have it completed by a doctor.

 

PADI Continuing Education Students

 

PADI regulations require students completing Continuing Education courses such as the Advanced Open Water course, Rescue course or any Speciality dive course to complete a medical declaration that they are medically healthy or in some circumstances obtain written medical clearance from a qualified doctor.

 

You will need a written clearance to dive from a doctor if you have any medical conditions mentioned in this PADI Continuing Education document.

 

If you require medical clearance to dive please download the PADI Medical Statement and have it completed by a doctor.

 

Introductory Divers / PADI Discover Scuba Diving

 

Everyone intending on completing introductory diving with Blue Dive is required to complete the PADI Discover Scuba Diving medical questionnaire.

 

If any diver answers ‘YES’ to a question on the medical questionnaire then they will be required to have clearance to dive from a qualified doctor.

 

If you require medical clearance to dive please download the PADI Medical Statement and have it completed by a doctor.

 

Certified Divers

 

To avoid the disappointment of not being able to dive when here, you must be able to answer ‘NO’ to the following questions.

 

If any diver answers ‘YES’ to any of the questions 1-8 you MUST bring “clearance to dive” stating the condition(s) and signed by your doctor and from within the year.

 

1. Are you currently suffering from any illness or injury that may be incompatible with diving?
2. Have you ever had any medical condition that may effect your heart, ears or lungs (e.g. heart disease, sinus/ear operations or asthma)?
3. Have you used any type of oral inhaler or medication to relieve breathing difficult, airway issues or allergy symptoms within the last 10 years?
4. Have you ever had any medical condition that may result in loss of consciousness (eg. epilepsy or diabetes) or have you previously fainted?
5. Are you currently taking any medication (exclude oral contraceptive)?
6. Do you have high blood pressure?
7. Have you had any injury or operation within the last 6 weeks?
8. Are you pregnant? If you are pregnant – for safety – you should not dive.

 

If you require medical clearance to dive please download the PADI Medical Statement and have it completed by a doctor.

 

Flying after diving

 

You need a pre-flight surface interval of 18 hours before you fly after you finish diving. This is a PADI safety regulation. You would end diving at 2.30pm so you can fly anytime after 8.30am the following day.

 

Queensland medical requirements are in place for your safety and the safety of those around you. In most circumstances we are unable to provide refunds for those who fail to provide signed medical clearance from a qualified doctor if required.

If you are unsure if you require medical clearance to dive then please contact us for further information.

 

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