Australia, home to the Great Barrier Reef, is a perfect place to learn the captivating sport of scuba diving safely. However, some practical health requirements need to be addressed before diving, as certain medical conditions increase the risk of a diving injury.
Patients are advised to call the practice to book an appointment, as they cannot be booked online.
Australia’s diving standards are some of the strictest in the world – they exist for your safety. These standards make Australia one of the safest places to dive on Earth.
You may be required to complete a dive medical in line with Australian Standards (AS4005.1). If you have a medical condition, take prescribed medication (other than the contraceptive pill), or are 45 years of age or older, you will most likely need a dive medical before participating in any diving courses. It is worth arranging this well in advance of your planned dive to avoid delays in getting you into the water.
You can find more information about the regulations here.
Getting your dive medical is a straightforward process. Our accredited Diving Doctor will focus on cardiac, pulmonary, and neurological conditions. They will also test your lung function and check your ears, nose, throat and eyesight.
For recreational purposes, this medical remains valid for up to 5 years, dependent on the doctor's advice. For occupational purposes, the dive medical remains valid for 12 months.
The appointment can take up to two and a half hours, depending on the intended purpose of the dive medical (recreational or occupational).
Dr Keyoren Fernandes is our Dive Medical Examiner. He is accredited to undertake both recreational and occupational dive medicals. Dr Fernandes is a keen diver himself, having dived in numerous locations around the globe. He also loves to hear a good dive story or exchange information on exotic dive spots.