Diving in Australia
Australia, home of the Great Barrier Reef, is a perfect place to safely learn the captivating sport of scuba diving. However there are some practical health requirements which need to be addressed prior to diving, as certain medical conditions increase the risk of a diving injury.
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 an Dive Medical in line with Australian Standards (AS4005.1). If you have a medical condition, take any prescribed medication (other than the contraceptive pill), or you are 45 years of age or older, you will most likely need to do this prior to participating in any diving courses. It is worth arranging this well in advance of your planned dive, to avoid any delays getting you into the water.
You can find more information about the regulations here.
The Dive Medical
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. The appointment is around 1 hour in length, and the Dive Medical remains valid for 12 months.
Our Accredited Dive Medical Examiner
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.