Scuba diving is an exciting and demanding activity. To scuba dive safely, you must not be extremely overweight or in physically poor condition.
Diving can be strenuous under certain conditions. Your respiratory and circulatory systems must be in good health. All body spaces must be normal and healthy.
A person with heart trouble, a current cold or congestion, epilepsy, asthma, a severe medical problem or who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, should not dive.
If taking medication, consult your doctor before taking part in diving activities.
Flying after diving
You should allow a minimum interval of 12 hours prior to flying if completing a single dive and 24 hours if doing multiple dives.
Diving after Recovering From Covid19
Covid19 shares many of the same symptoms as other serious viral pneumonia that require a period of convalescence before returning to full activities, a process that can take weeks or months depending on symptom severity.
If you have been subject to Covid19, the following guidelines apply:
Divers who have tested positive with Covid19 but have remained completely asymptomatic, should wait one month before resuming diving.
Divers who have had symptomatic Covid19 should wait a minimum of two, preferably three months before resuming their diving activities.
Divers who have been hospitalised with pulmonary symptoms related to Covid19, should, after a three-month waiting period, undergo complete pulmonary function testing as well as a cardiac evaluation with echocardiography and exercise test (exercise electrocardiography) to ascertain normal cardiac function prior to their return to diving.
The minimum age to dive is 12 years with a parent/guardian. Anyone under 18 years of age will need a parent or guardian’s permission.