Am I fit to dive?

Diving can be strenuous under certain conditions. To scuba dive safely, you must be in good general health and not be extremely overweight. Your respiratory and circulatory systems and body air spaces, such as your sinuses, must be normal and healthy. Pregnant women and people with heart trouble, a current cold or congestion, epilepsy, active asthma, a severe medical problem, or who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, should not dive. If taking prescription medication, consult your doctor before participating in this program and if possible obtain a doctor’s note to say you are fit to scuba dive.

A positive response to a question below does not necessarily disqualify you from diving in the future but might prevent you diving with us this time. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us first.

Do you currently have an ear infection?
Do you have a history of ear disease, hearing loss or problems with balance?
Do you have a history of ear or sinus surgery?
Are you currently suffering from a cold, congestion, sinusitis or bronchitis?
Do you have a history of respiratory problems, severe attacks of hay fever or allergies, or lung disease?
Have you had a collapsed lung (pneumothorax) or history of chest surgery?
Do you have active asthma or history of emphysema or tuberculosis?
Are you currently taking medication that carries a warning about any impairment of your physical or mental abilities?
Do you have behavioural health, mental or psychological problems or a nervous system disorder?
Are you or could you be pregnant?
Are you over 45 and have a family history of heart attack or stroke?

Do you have a history of:

  • colostomy?
  • heart disease or heart attack, heart surgery or blood vessel surgery?
  • high blood pressure, angina, or take medication to control blood pressure?
  • bleeding or other blood disorders?
  • diabetes?
  • seizures, blackouts or fainting, convulsions or epilepsy or take medications to prevent them?
  • back, arm or leg problems following an injury, fracture or surgery?
  • fear of closed or open spaces or panic attacks (claustrophobia or agoraphobia)?

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.

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