RSTC MEDICAL STATEMENT

Prior to commencing any diving program which involves in-water training you must complete a medical statement. 

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 pre-existing condition that may affect your safety while diving and you must seek the advice of your physician prior to engaging in dive activities.

 

There are a number of questions relating to your past or present medical history which you will need to answer with  either  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. A copy of the 'RSTC Medical Statement and Guidelines for Recreational Scuba Diver’s Physical Examination' can be downloaded for you to take to your physician.

Unfortunately as we are not medical professionals we are unable to give any advice on any medical conditions. 

If you answer 'NO' to all the questions on the medical questionnaire, there will be no need for you to seek approval from a physician.

If you have any questions about the medical statement please check the 'FAQ's' section at the bottom of this page, alternatively please get in touch.

Medical questionnaire checklist:

  • Complete the medical statement to the best of your knowledge & honestly

  • If you are not sure about a question, answer YES.

  • The questions must be answered clearly with either a 'YES' or 'NO'. Answering with anything other than the words 'YES' or 'NO' will not be accepted.

  • Ensure the form is signed and dated and where applicable also signed & dated by a parent or guardian for those students under the age of 16.

  • If medical clearance is required by a physician, please ensure that this is completed in good time before the start date of the course.​

Frequently asked questions

Do I Need Medical Clearance To Enrol Onto A Recreational Dive Course?


Medical clearance is only necessary for those students that indicate a 'Yes' on one or more of the questions/statements on the RSTC medical statement. Medical clearance will not be required by those students that do not indicate any medical issues as outlined on the RSTC medical statement.




Do I Need Medical Clearance For Divemaster/Instructor Level Programs?


To enrol onto the PADI Divemaster or Instructor level programs ALL students must be medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within the last 12 months. A signed medical statement must be provided as evidence of fitness to dive. If you plan to work as a PADI Profesional in the United Kingdom after certification then you will require a HSE diving medical conducted by an Approved Medical Examiner of Divers. A current list of Approved Medical Examiner of Divers can be found on the HSE website.




Can I Get Medical Clearance From My GP Or Do I Need To See A Diving Physician?


Generally your GP should be able to examine and sign the medical statement verifying your fitness to dive. We will provide you with a copy of the RSTC medical statement and 'Guidelines for Recreational Scuba Diver's Physical Examination' to take to your GP. In some situations your GP may not be able to carry out this service & you will need to seek the services of a private physician. Please note that your GP may charge for this service.




Where Is My Nearest HSE Diving Physician?


Dr C Newell, Beaconside Medical Centre, Weston Road, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST18 0AB 07747 357086 Dr A M Gilchrist, The Dove River Practice, Tutbury Health Centre, Monk Street, Tutbury, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, DE13 9NA 01283 812455 We can also highly recommend the following: DR M Clamp MC Occupational Health, The Corner House, Rectory Road, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG4 2DU 07802850084
A full list of Approved Medical Examiner Of Divers can be found on the HSE website.




How Much Is A Diving Medical?


The cost of a diving medical can vary significantly depending on the type of medical required. Medical examinations conducted by your GP may or may not be charged for. Please contact your GP's surgery to confirm this. Recreational diving medicals (Sports Diving) conducted by a HSE diving physician cost between £50-£80. Professional diving medicals for PADI Divemasters & Instructors conducted by a HSE diving physician cost between £90-£150.




Can I Start A Course Before Receiving Medical Clearance?


No. If the Medical Statement highlights the necessity for medical approval, then this MUST be obtained prior to starting a course. For professional level programs, all students MUST provide evidence of a diving examination within the past 12 months prior to starting the program.




Do I Need Medical Clearance As I Have Had Previous Medical Clearance From A GP/Diving Physician?


If your previous medical clearance was more than 12 months ago you will require medical clearance again. If your previous medical clearance is within the past 12 months & your medical condition has not changed, then your medical certificate is still valid. If your medical condition has changed then you will require medical clearance again.





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