Warnings about the risks associated
with Scuba Diving
Are you ready to take the step and embark on the great adventure of scuba diving ?
Please take note before of the information below.
Scuba diving is an exciting and demanding activity.
To scuba dive you must not be extremely overweight or out of condition.
Under certain conditions, diving can be strenuous. Respiratory and cardiovascular systems should be in good shape. All body airspaces must be normal and healthy. A person with heart trouble, a current cold or congestion or who has epilepsy, asthma, a serious medical problem, or who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, should not dive.
If taking medication, consult your doctor before participating to this program.
The purpose of the medical questionnaire that we will send to you once on site is to determine if a medical examination is necessary before participating in recreational diving activities.
A positive answer to a question does not necessarily exclude you from diving. A positive response indicates the presence of a pre-existing medical condition that may pose a risk during a dive and that you will need to seek medical advice.
Please answer the following questions about your medical situation past and present by YES or NO. If you are not sure, answer YES. In the event of a positive answer to any of these questions, we are obliged to ask that you consult a doctor before participating in diving activities.
Scubakreta will provide you with a PADI Medical Statement and guidelines for the physical examination of a recreational diver to give to a physician.
Take the time to take knowledge of the medical questionnaire that will be given to you.
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 hayfever 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 behavioral health, mental or psychological problems or a nervous system disorder?
Are you or could you be pregnant?
Do you have a history of colostomy?
Do you have a history of heart disease or heart attack, heart surgery or blood vessel surgery?
Do you have a history of high blood pressure, angina, or take medication to control blood pressure?
Are you over 45 and have a family history of heart attack or stroke?
Do you have a history of bleeding or other blood disorders?
Do you have a history of diabetes?
Do you have a history of seizures, blackouts or fainting, convulsions or epilepsy or take medications to prevent them?
Do you have a history of back, arm or leg problems following an injury, fracture or surgery?
Do you have a history of fear of closed or open spaces or panic attacks (claustrophobia or agoraphobia)?
You answered "No" to all of these questions.
You do not have any contraindication to the practice of scuba diving!
You answered "Yes" to at least one of these questions
Do not worry, the scuba diving activity does not remain closed, however, we are forced to ask that you consult a doctor before participating in diving activities and provide us a medical certificate.
Flying after diving recommendations.
Referred student divers may not have reached the point in their training where they are exposed to the flying after diving recommendations. However, because they may have opportunities to take dive travel vacations that involve airplane travel, it is prudent to discuss the diving medical community's most recent flying after diving recommendations so that they can plan accordingly.
Below is a reprint of the current guidelines that were announced in the Fourth Quarter, 2002 Training Bulletin;
For Dives within the No-Decompression Limits
Single Dives : A minimum preflight surface interval of 12 hours is suggested.
Repetitive Dives : A minimum preflight surface interval of 18 hours is suggested.