Am I fit to dive?

Scuba diving can be strenuous. To dive safely you should be in good general health and have a reasonable level of fitness. You must not dive whilst you have a cold, congestion, ear infection, active asthma or are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If taking prescription medication consult your doctor before participating in this program and, if possible, obtain a doctor’s note to confirm you are fit to scuba dive.

If you answer yes to any question below you should seek medical advice before booking and obtain a doctor’s note to confirm you are fit to scuba dive. You will be asked these questions on the day of your diving programme and, if the answer to any question is yes, you will be asked to provide a doctor’s note.

Are you :

  • over 45 and have a family history of heart attack or stroke?
  • currently taking medication to control blood pressure or that carries a warning about any impairment of your physical or mental abilities?
  • female and pregnant, or could be pregnant?
  • experiencing ongoing physical problems following an injury, fracture or surgery to your back, arm/s or leg/s?

Do you have a history of:

  • ear disease, hearing loss, problems with balance or ear or sinus surgery?
  • breathing problems, emphysema, tuberculosis, lung disease, collapsed lung (pneumothorax) or chest surgery?
  • heart disease, heart attack, heart surgery or blood vessel surgery?
  • high blood pressure or angina?
  • severe attacks of hay fever or other severe allergies?
  • bleeding or other blood disorders?
  • diabetes?
  • colostomy?
  • seizures, blackouts or fainting, convulsions or epilepsy or take medications to prevent them?
  • panic attacks or fear of closed or open spaces (claustrophobia or agoraphobia)?
  • behavioural health, mental or psychological problems or a nervous system disorder?

You should leave at least 12 hours before flying after diving. If you have dived multiple times then you should leave at least 18 hours.

Please note that it is not possible to wear spectacles when scuba diving, but contact lenses are fine.

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