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MEDICAL STATEMENT Medical Considerations for Diving

Medical Considerations for Diving:

If you have any health concerns about diving, pre-existing medical conditions and/or will be taking any medication whilst on holiday, please download the PADI Medical Statement and discuss and complete with your doctor or physician before signing up for any dive trips or courses. The form includes guidelines that enable physicians who are not familiar with scuba diving to make informed decisions about your fitness to dive.

Please Note: All students are required to complete the PADI Medical Statement before enrolling on any PADI scuba diving course.

If you can answer ‘NO’ to every question then you do not require a physician’s examination or approval to start a dive course.

If you answer ‘YES’ to any question(s), we require the PADI Medical Form to be completed and signed by your doctor in order for you to enrol on a PADI dive course.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Scroll down to find this form in other languages.

Medical Statement:

This is a statement in which you are informed of some potential risks involved in scuba diving and of the conduct required of you during a scuba training program. Your signature on this statement is required for you to participate in a scuba training program.

Read this statement prior to signing it. You must complete this Medical Statement, which includes the medical questionnaire section, to enrol in a scuba training program. In addition, if your medical condition changes at any time during your scuba programs, it is important that you inform your instructor immediately. If you are a minor enrolling in a scuba training program, you must have this Statement signed by a parent or guardian.

Diving is an exciting and demanding activity. When performed correctly, applying correct techniques, it is relatively safe. When established safety procedures are not followed, however, there are increased risks.

To scuba dive safely, you should not be extremely overweight or out of condition. Diving can be strenuous under certain conditions. Your respiratory and circulatory systems must be in good health. All body air spaces must be normal and healthy. A person with coronary disease, a current cold or congestion, epilepsy, a severe medical problem or who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs should not dive.

If you have asthma, heart disease, other chronic medical conditions or you are taking medications on a regular basis, you should consult your doctor and the instructor before participating in this program, and on a regular basis thereafter upon completion.

You must also follow the important safety rules regarding breathing and equalization while scuba diving. Improper use of scuba equipment can result in serious injury. You must be thoroughly instructed in its use under direct supervision of a qualified instructor to use it safely.

If you have any additional questions regarding this Medical Statement or the Medical Questionnaire section, review them with your instructor.

Divers Medical Questionnaire

To the Participant:

The purpose of this Medical Questionnaire is to find out if you should be examined by your doctor before participating in recreational diver training. A positive response to a question does not necessarily disqualify you from diving. A positive response means that there is a preexisting condition that may affect your safety while diving and you must seek the advice of your physician prior to engaging in dive activities.

Please answer the following questions on your past or present medical history with a YES or NO. If you are not sure, answer YES. If any of these items apply to you, we must request that you consult with a physician prior to participating in scuba diving. Your instructor will supply you with an RSTC Medical Statement and Guidelines for Recreational Scuba Diver's Physical Examination to take to your physician.

_____ Could you be pregnant, or are you attempting to become pregnant?

_____ Are you presently taking prescription medications? (with the exception of birth control or anti-malarial)

_____ Are you over 45 years of age and can answer YES to one or more of the following?

  • currently smoke a pipe, cigars or cigarettes
  • are currently receiving medical care
  • have a high cholesterol level
  • high blood pressure
  • have a family history of heart attack or stroke
  • diabetes mellitus, even if controlled by diet alone


Have you ever had or do you currently have;

_____ Asthma, or wheezing with breathing, or wheezing with exercise?

_____ Frequent or severe attacks of hayfever or allergy?

_____ Frequent colds, sinusitis or bronchitis?

_____ Any form of lung disease?

_____ Pneumothorax (collapsed lung)?

_____ Other chest disease or chest surgery?

_____ Behavioral health, mental or psychological problems (Panic attack, fear of closed or openspaces)?

_____ Epilepsy, seizures, convulsions or take medications to prevent them?

_____ Recurring complicated migraine headaches or take medications to prevent them?

_____ Blackouts or fainting (full/partial loss of consciousness)?

_____ Frequent or severe suffering from motion sickness (seasick, carsick, etc.)?

_____ Dysentery or dehydration requiring medical intervention?

_____ Any dive accidents or decompression sickness?

_____ Inability to perform moderate exercise (example: walk 1.6 km/one mile within 12 mins.)?

_____ Head injury with loss of consciousness in the past five years?

_____ Recurrent back problems?

_____ Back or spinal surgery?

_____ Diabetes?

_____ Back, arm or leg problems following surgery, injury or fracture?

_____ High blood pressure or take medicine to control blood pressure?

_____ Heart disease?

_____ Heart attack?

_____ Angina, heart surgery or blood vessel surgery?

_____ Sinus surgery?

_____ Ear disease or surgery, hearing loss or problems with balance?

_____ Recurrent ear problems?

_____ Bleeding or other blood disorders?

_____ Hernia?

_____ Ulcers or ulcer surgery?

_____ A colostomy or ileostomy?

_____ Recreational drug use or treatment for, or alcoholism in the past five years?

PADI Medical Form ENGLISH PADI Medical Statement

Download the RSTC Medical Statement and Guidelines for Recreational Scuba Diver's Physical Examination, in your own language, to review with your physician:

PADI Discover Scuba Diving Medical Statement ENGLISH PADI Discover Scuba Diving Medical Statement

The introductory PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course (age 10+) has slightly different medical requirements. Download the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Medical Statement to check you are in good health to try diving.

PADI Bubblemaker Medical Statement ENGLISH PADI Bubblemaker Medical Statement

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PADI Continuing Education Medical Statement - English PADI Continuing Education Medical Statement

If you're taking a refresher course or continuing your PADI education with the Advanced, Rescue Diver, Divemaster or Specialty courses, the PADI Continuing Education Medical Statement will be required. Download the PADI Continuing Education Administrative Document to check you are in good health to take your diving to the next level.