Fit to Dive (Basic) Medical
Medical Description: Those wishing to dive or continue
their diving are likely to be asked to complete the
self-declaration form (updated July 2020.) Anyone answering any of the questions positively
will require a certificate from a doctor before they will be able to
participate in any in-water activities.
A positive answer may not
necessarily be a bar to diving but requires assessment and perhaps
adjustment to the type of diving.
Common problems such as high blood
pressure, thyroid problems, raised cholesterol require the 'Basic'
medical. More complex medical problems e.g. heart disease, cancer need to
be assessed firstly by correspondence and may need to bring full details
including hospital letters to the appointment. The fee for these medicals
will be based on the time taken to assess these issues and any examination
needed. Further investigations may be required and will need to be funded
by the applicant.
requires all divers to have an annual doctor's certificate of fitness to
dive. Spain previously had similar requirements but since July 2020 now
follows almost all other countries by using the WRSTC screening medical
Those divers wishing to progress their diving to technical levels
are also required to have a fitness to dive certificate when enrolling on
the technical diving course.
may require a medical and should book the appropriate medical depending on
their medical issues. No certificate can be issued without a formal
examination. The duration of validly may vary depending on the medical
Divers wishing to train for divemaster or instructor abroad also
require a doctor's certificate within 1 year. NB those wishing to
work as divemasters or instructors in the UK will probably require the HSE
Those with asthma, diabetes or requiring the
Australian standard medical should book the relevant medical.