What is a dive medical?
A dive medical is an assessment of the ability of a diver to survive unexpected underwater or on-surface emergencies.
It will also determine the risk of death, unconsciousness, impaired judgement, disorientation, impaired mobility, or decompression sickness that may be associated with diving with a particular condition or disorder.
Why might you need a dive medical?
A dive medical examination is recommended every five years for divers under 30 years of age, every three years for those 30-50 years of age, and every year for divers over 50 years of age. Patients with asthma are unable to perform the dive medical.
What’s involved in a dive medical examination?
- Completion of a medical questionnaire regarding past and current health
- A physical examination
- A urine analysis
- An assessment of your vision, lung function and hearing
Is a referral required?
A referral is not required for a dive medical.
Can I claim this service as an extra on my health insurance policy?
A session may be claimed on private health insurance depending on your level of cover, please check with your private health insurance provider. The dive medical cannot be claimed under Medicare.