FAQ – Medical

MEDICAL

Do I need to bring a medical certification that I am fit to dive?

If you are planning on doing a beginner’s course, you should bring certification from a doctor of diving medicine that states you are physically fit to dive. If you are just diving, it is recommended to have the same certification. Doing a check-up once a year can help prevent possible problems.

I have an ear infection. Can I dive?

It is not recommended to dive with any kind of ear problems, including ear infections. Consult a doctor about treatment and only dive after the infection has completely passed. If not, you may have trouble equalizing the pressure in your ears.

I have a perforated eardrum. Can I dive?

It is recommended not to dive if the perforation occurred within the last 3 months. In any case, consult your doctor before doing any diving.

Can I dive if I have asthma or respiratory problems?

Yes and no. If you have severe problems and must take medication to control them, the answer is a definite no. If, however, the problem is only mild you can dive with a doctor’s approval. Always have your medication with you.

Can I dive with a cold and cough?

You can cough into your regulator while breathing underwater, and if your sinuses are not blocked with mucus, you can dive. If your sinuses are blocked, you will have problems equalizing the pressure in your ears and will not be able to dive. However, it will probably feel better underwater after the cold has passed.

I recovered from Covid-19. When can I start diving?

– Divers who have tested positive for COVID-19 but have remained completely asymptomatic should wait at least 30 days from the first negative test before applying for fit-to-dive clearance and eventually going back to diving.

– Divers who have had symptomatic COVID-19, should wait at least 30 days from the first negative test, plus an additional 30 days without symptoms (a total of two months) before applying for fit-to-dive clearance conducted by a diving medicine specialist.

– Divers who have been hospitalized with, or because of pulmonary symptoms in relation to COVID-19, should wait at least THREE months before applying for fit-to-dive clearance conducted or coordinated by a diving medicine specialist. The clearance should include complete pulmonary function testing (at least FVC, FEV1, PEF25-50-75, RV, and FEV1/FVC), an exercise test with peripheral oxygen saturation measurement, as well as a high-resolution CT scanning of the lungs to verify a return to normal.

– Divers who have been hospitalized with, or because of cardiac problems in relation to COVID-19, should wait at least THREE months before applying for fit-to-dive clearance conducted or coordinated by a diving medicine specialist. The clearance should include cardiac evaluation, including echocardiography and an exercise test (exercise electrocardiography) to ascertain normal cardiac function.