Divers medical

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1. Posted by ollyrules (Inactive 13 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,

Sorry to keep asking all these questions, but I have just thought of another one!!!

When i'm in oz, i want to learn to dive, and get my PADI Open Water, but i have just found out that i need to have a medical done. My question is, can i get a medical done in UK which the people in oz will accept, or do i need to get the medical done when i get to oz???



2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I didn't need to get a medical when doing my open water... and it's padi so should be the same rules anywhere. In any case, I'd recommend waiting till you get to Oz as if it is required, most dive courses will likely include it in their price and it'll end up being a lot cheaper than back at home (some good competition in this area so prices are kept low, especially for popular things like open water licenses).

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

You beat me to the answer, Sam!!!

Holly - I have never heard of as medical exam being required for the basic Open Water Diver course. A medical exam is required when you move into the Dive Master program, but not for the earlier courses.

I didn't need one in 1985 and my husband didn't need one in 2000. We also didn't need them for our Advanced Open Water training in 2001.

I have just gone through 99% of the PADI site and have not found anything about medical exams for beginners, but here's the link to check for yourself:
PADI Website

I agree with Sam - I'd wait until you get to OZ to have the physical, if it's needed. Usually, the Dive Center you are using will have a physician or 2 that they work with and can get you in/out in a timely manner.

(I did have to be checked by the doctor at a resort once, before they would let me dive. But, all the divers had to be checked - it was one of the rules of that particular dive center, and it was free.)

I also make sure to take a Letter of Health from my own doctor when I go diving now - but that's because I'm over the age of 45 and it saves a lot of time.

4. Posted by ollyrules (Inactive 13 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi there Guys,

Thanks for this, it has reassured me alot!!!!

I can't wait now to get out there and do some proper diving in such great places!!!!

Thanks again

Holly :)