Diving Medicine

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Diving is fast becoming one of the most popular recreational activities in our region, but before you dive, it’s important to undergo a dive medical. Diving doctors are specially trained to perform medical assessments that determine if you are fit to dive, reducing the risk of a serious accident or injuries.

What is scuba diving medical?

Diving medicals are conducted to ascertain whether someone is healthy enough to dive. Whether you’re diving for pleasure or as part of your job, making sure you are in a fit state to dive is incredibly important. In some instances, you will not be permitted to dive at all unless you can produce a medical certificate from a qualified diving doctor.

Diving medicals explore all aspects of your physical health to check your ability to cope with underwater crises or problems on the surface. A comprehensive scuba diving medical plan will look for any potential cardiac, pulmonary, or neurological issues, as well as general long- or short-term health conditions that might impair your ability to dive safely.

Undergoing a thorough medical examination reduces your risk of all sorts of diving-related risks, such as decompression sickness, embolisms, lung overinflation, loss of consciousness, and drowning. Medical complications while diving is a very real possibility, and diving is not a sport to be undertaken without serious consideration, however experienced you are. A diving medical professional helps you understand the risks and make an informed decision about whether or not you dive.

Who should undergo a dive medical?

Anyone thinking of undertaking a dive should consult a diving doctor beforehand. For those who dive for work, a commercial dive medical will always be required by a responsible employer and their insurance may be invalidated if you do not take one. For those who are choosing to dive independently and for fun, a dive medical is highly advised.

In short, if you’re taking to the water then seeing a diving doctor is a good precaution that could prevent serious health conditions. The sea may be beautiful, but it’s also an unpredictable place to be and situations can arise very quickly. Anything you can do to reduce the risks is a sensible precaution, and that starts with a full dive medical.

What do diving medicals entail?

Diving medicals are a thorough examination of your physical health, and they need to be if you’re to protect your safety. In general, a diving medical will involve:

  • An examination of your personal details, previous medicals and diving history
  • A hearing test (also known as Audiometry)
  • An eyesight test (near and distant vision, colour blindness)
  • Lung tests (also known as spirometry)
  • A heart trace (ECG)
  • Urine analysis
  • A short physical exercise fitness test
  • Blood tests, including a full blood count

The examination will usually last for around an hour and your diving doctor will inform you of the results as soon as possible, to advise you on whether you are fit to take to the water.

Why choose Dubai London Hospital for diving medicine?

Dubai London Hospital employs a number of medical practitioners who specialise in diving and hyperbaric medicine. Our Diving Medicine Department is among the top-ranking departments in the region, staffed by expert who have many years of experience working in this field.

When you choose Dubai London Hospital for your diving medical, you can be confident you will receive the very best treatment possible. Your diving examination will be as comprehensive and thorough as possible, because nothing matters more to us than your safety.

We understand that while diving can be for professional or recreational reasons, it does come with a lot of risks. Mitigating those risks is incredibly important, and our diving medicals are designed to give you greater peace of mind. If you are not medically fit to dive, it is best to know as soon as possible. We will always offer the best clinical advice to help you stay safe at all times.

Book your scuba diving medical today

If you’re planning on undertaking a dive in the near future, now is the time to book your scuba diving medical with one of our specialist dive doctors. Our expert clinical team are on hand to help, offering convenient appointments and in-depth physical examinations for you, your family or your employees.

No matter how experienced a diver you are, a diving medical is essential if you want to reduce your risk when taking to the water.

To find out more about our diving medicals or to book your assessment, please get in touch today.