In Australia when Learning to Scuba Dive, participating in an Introductory Scuba Dive, joining a dive trip as an already qualified diver or completing additional training courses, all participants are required to be fit to dive. As some medical conditions may preclude you from participating in a learn to dive course or discover scuba diving activity, please take the time to read this information as some of the requirements may be relevant to you.
Requirements for Learning to Dive or Participating in a Refresher Dive Course
All Students are required to complete a Standard Diving Medical Statement. Depending on the responses to the questions asked, you may be required to complete a full Dive Medical.
PRO DIVE Central Coast require you complete a full dive medical if you are over 45 years of age and can answer YES to one or more of the following;
- currently smoke a pipe, cigars, or cigarettes
- have a high cholesterol level
- have a family history of heart attacks or strokes
- are currently receiving medical care
- high blood pressure
- diabetes mellitus, even if controlled by diet alone
You will be required to have a full dive medical if you have a pre existing medical condition or history of medical conditions i.e. Asthma, or take preventative medications for chronic conditions (for examples, please refer to list below), we do require you to complete and pass a full Dive Medical at least 10 to 8 days prior to your course commencement date and it must be unconditional.
In all cases we require that the medical be done through a doctor who is registered to do the Dive Medicals.
A List of Doctors who are registered to do these medicals can be found on the following website - www.spums.org.au. We also have a short list on our website as well.
Requirements if doing an Introductory Scuba Dive (Discover Scuba Dive)
All participants will be required to complete the Student Medical Waiver Form - click onto the Online Form at the top of this page. The minimum age to complete this activity is 12yrs and there is no maximum age. A dive medical is not compulsory for this activity unless you are under or over 45yrs of age and have a pre existing medical condition or taking preventative medications (for examples, please refer to the list below)
Requirements if you are already a Certified Open Water Diver
When participating in pleasure dives, all participants are required to complete a medical waiver form. In your responses, if you indicate that you do have a chronic medical condition and/or are taking preventative medications,(for examples, please refer to the list below) we do require that you bring a letter from your doctor stating that you are fit to dive. This letter must be signed by your doctor no later than 3 months prior to participating in the activity. It is recommended that your own doctor completes this letter.
Requirements if you are completing Continuing Diver Training Courses
All participants are required to complete a medical waiver form. In your responses, if you indicate that you are over 45yrs , have a chronic medical condition and/or are taking preventative medications, you will be required to complete a full dive medical. If your health has changed since completing your open water course and you now have a chronic medical condition and/or take medications to manage a medical condition, you will also be required to complete a full dive medical with a registered Dive Medical Doctor.
If you are completing career training courses from Divemaster through to Instructor
You will be required to provide a current dive medical, this medical must a no older than 12 months on the date of completion of your training programme. Once again this medical must be through a Registered Dive Doctor.
Medical conditions that will require further investigation include but not limited to:
- Asthma, wheezing or hay fever(current or history of same):
- Chronic lung disease
- Lung collapse
- High Blood Pressure
- Injury to the spinal column, brain, heart or heart disease
- Problems equalizing your ears or ear surgery as well as sinuses
- Regular dizzy spells
- Taking medication for chronic conditions not already mentioned.
- Other General Fitness Requirements
All students are required to be able to swim. During the training you will complete a 200 meter swim plus 10 minute float. You can use a variety of swim strokes to complete the swim and rest by floating on your back at any time. If you are not able to complete the swim, you will not be able to continue with the course.
Preferred Doctors list
- Dr John Harris- The Entrance 4332 1300
- Dr Chee Leong Hiew- Erina 4365 2983
- DR Russel Spinks- Narara 4328 2811
- Dr Colin Massie- Wamberal 4384 2255
- Dr Albert Galea- East Gosford 4322 7249