Scuba Diving Medical

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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
The Recreational Scuba Standards do require that all participants over 45yrs have to completed a full dive medical. Some Training Centres do have additional requirements.

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.

  1. PRO DIVE in Sydney (PRO DIVE Manly, PRO DIVE Coogee and Pro Dive Cronulla) require you complete a full dive medical if you are under 15 years of age or over 45yrs
  2. 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 and it must be unconditional.
  3. If you are required to complete a dive medical for the relevant Dive Medical Form for SSI click here and for PADI click herePlease note that if you are completing a learn to dive course in Queensland and are required to complete a dive medical, please be aware that Queensland legislation requires that this medical be completed within 90 days of attending the course.

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.

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:

 
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.
 
 

 

List of Doctor

This is a list of medical professionals who have indicated to us that they can provide the service of dive medicals. Please note that, in theory, any GP can perform a dive medical. However, it may be that they do not have the right equipment or diving knowledge for the job and that they refer you to a specialist. It is up to you who you use, but essentially all we require is a medical certificate stating that you are fit to dive. Please give us a call on 02 8116 1199 if you have any questions.
Doctors Name
Phone No.
Address 
Suburb
State
Postcode
Dr. Jyothi Reddy 02 9878 6666 02 9878 6777   Shop 45, Macquarie Shopping Centre, 197 Herring Rd North Ryde  2113  NSW 
Caringbah 02 9540 1266   42 President Avenue Caringbah  NSW  2229 
Chatswood Medical Centre 02 9411 4464   781 Pacific Highway Chatswood  NSW  2067 
Coogee Family Medical 02 9315 8999   201 Coogee Bay Rd Coogee  NSW  2034 
Coogee Medical Centre 02 9665 4344   21 Carr Street Coogee  NSW  2034 
Cronulla 02 9527 3773   18 Laycock Avenue Cronulla  NSW  2230 
Dr Albert Galea 02 4322 7249   Shop 4, 278 Mann Street Gosford  NSW  2250 
Dr Amy Ho 02 9906 2544   38 Pacific Highway St Leonards  NSW  2065 
Dr Chee Leong Hiew 02 4365 2983   58 Karalta Rd Erina  NSW  2251 
Dr Harry 02 9389 8000   248 Bondi Road Bondi  NSW  2022 
Dr JN Parikh 02 9489 3560   58 Denman Pde Normanhurst  NSW  2076 
Dr Johan de Kock 43655322   Erina Fair Shopping Centre Erina  NSW  2250 
Dr John Harris 02 43321300   120 The Entrance Road The Entrance  NSW  2261 
Dr Jon Levenston 02 9977 7612   15 South Steyne Manly  NSW  2095 
Dr Karen Oswald 02 9476 3644   98 Balmoral St Hornsby  NSW  2077 
Dr Katie Panaretto 02 9819 6666   159 Victoria Road Drummoyne  NSW  2047 
Dr Philip Georgoures 02 9663 1581   157 Anzac Parade Kensington  NSW  2033 
Dr Russell Spinks 02 4328 2811   100 Narara Valley Drive Narara  nsw  2251 
Dr Timothy David 02 9427 4855   175 Burns Bay Road Lane Cove  NSW  2066 
Dr Tocker 9399 6327 9389 8081   155 Belmore Road Randwick  NSW  2031 
Dr Tom Rosenthal 95253464   Suite 3, 32-36 Urunga Pde Miranda  NSW  2228 
Dr Yun Teoh 02 9436 4021   33 Albany St Crows Nest  NSW  2065 
George St Medical Clinic 02 9231 3211   308 George St Sydney  NSW  2000 
Merewether 02 4929 2718   147 Darly Street Merewether  NSW  2291 
Miranda Medical Centre 95401044   573 Kingsway Miranda  NSW  2228 
Nelson Bay Medical Centre 02 4981 1722   Stockton Street Cnr Tomaree St Nelson Bay  NSW  2315 
Port Stephens Medical Centre 02 4981 1733   2 Keel St Salamander Bay  NSW  2317 
Warringah (02) 9938 6666   10 Dale Street Brookvale  NSW  2100 
Cairns 24 hrs Medical Centre 61 7 40521119   Cnr Florence & Grafton St Cairns  QLD  4870 
Dr Alan Woolard 07 3848 2447   582 Ipswich Rd Ipswich  QLD  4035 
Dr Alan Woolard 07 3848 2447   582 Ipswich Road Annerley  QLD  4103 
Dr Ben Powell 07 3268 1566 / 3268 1567   79 Racecourse Rd Ascot  QLD  4007 
Dr Jadon Ting (07) 3341 2022   2/48-54 Koobil Street Rochedale South  QLD  4123 
Dr Margaret McAdam 07 3221 3366   289 Queen Street Brisbane  QLD  4000 
Dr Meehan 61 7 4052 1583   67 McLeod Street Cairns  QLD  4780 
Dr Peta Leonard 07 3229 9209   Level 1, 10 Market St Brisbane  QLD  4000 
Dr Peter Friis 07 3834 6635   259 Wickam Terrace Brisbane  QLD  4000 
Dr Scott Horsburgh 07 3848 9299   Cnr Ipswich & Ekibin Rd Annerly  QLD  4103 
Dr Tara Parsons 07 3412 7777   Main Street Beenleigh  QLD  4207