Do I need a Dive Medical to scuba dive in Australia?
Australia is a beautiful place to safely learn how to scuba dive. How incredible it would be, to see the greatest natural wonder of Australia firsthand, in the crystal clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef.
As magical as it sounds, there are some practical health requirements which need to be addressed prior to your dive. Some health conditions increase the risk of death or serious injury occurring during a scuba dive, such as asthma.
Australia’s diving standards are some of the strictest in the world – they exist for your protection and safety. These standards are what makes Australia one of the safest places to dive on Earth.
You may be required to complete an Australian Dive Medical in line with Australian Standards AS4005.1. You will need to do this prior to participating in any diving courses. Most “Learn to Dive” courses will not accept you onto the course, if you do not have a Dive Medical.
Dive Medicals are not included in most of the courses on offer and you will need to see a Doctor who is accredited to undertake Dive Medicals.
You can find more information about the regulations on the SPUMS website or here.
Getting your Dive Medical doesn’t have to be hard. It is not a scary process and is there to ensure you are medically fit to dive. Our Accredited Dive Medical Doctor will focus on cardiac, pulmonary, and neurological conditions. They will also test your lung function whilst also checking your ears, nose, throat and eyesight.
Contact us to book your Dive Medical today, let us know if it is recreational or occupational and we can give you a quote. Dive Medicals are valid for 12 months and the appointment in generally between 45 minutes to 1 hour in length.
Our Accredited Dive Medical Examiner
Dr Keyoren Fernandes is our accredited Dive Medical Examiner. He is accredited to undertake both Recreational Diving Medicals and Occupational Dive Medicals. Dr Fernandes also has a keen interest in diving himself, having dived in Australia, Mexico and the USA.