Are you fit for diving? Most people in reasonably good health are able to scuba dive, but there is a short medical questionnaire which needs to completed before you can enter the water. Below we have listed the questionnaires for the Discover Scuba Diving programme and PADI course programmes (e.g. Open Water, Advanced Open Water). You should be able to answer ‘no’ to all the conditions listed.
Discover Scuba Diving
- Do you currently have an ear infection?
- Do you have a history of ear disease, hearing loss or problems with balance?
- Do you have a history of ear or sinus surgery?
- Are you currently suffering from a cold, congestion, sinusitis or bronchitis?
- Do you have a history of respiratory problems, severe attacks of hay fever or allergies or lung disease?
- Have you had a collapsed lung (pneumothorax) or history of chest surgery?
- Do you have active asthma or history of emphysema or tuberculosis?
- Are you currently taking medication that carries a warning about any impairment of your physical or mental abilities?
- Do you have behavioural health, mental or psychological problems or a nervous system disorder?
- Are you or could you be pregnant?
- Do you have a history of colostomy?
- Do you have a history of heart disease or heart attack, heart surgery or blood vessel surgery?
- Do you have a history of high blood pressure, angina, or take medication to control blood pressure?
- Are you over 45 and have a family history of heart attack or stroke?
- Do you have a history of bleeding or other blood disorders?
- Do you have a history of diabetes?
- Do you have a history of seizures, blackouts or fainting, convulsions or epilepsy or take medications to prevent them?
- Do you have a history of back, arm or leg problems following an injury, fracture or surgery?
- Do you have a history of fear of closed or open spaces or panic attacks (claustrophobia or agoraphobia)?
Answering ‘yes’ to some of the conditions above does not necessarily mean that you cannot scuba dive. If you are unsure or have any questions, you can contact us for more information. In most cases you simply need to visit your local doctor (GP) at home with the relevant diving medical clearance form (we can email this to you upon request) so they can conduct an examination and declare you medically fit/unfit for diving.
We do have a hospital and several clinics here on Phi Phi island which can conduct diving medicals but they are all based in the main town (Tonsai), around 30 minutes by boat from Laemtong beach. We strongly recommend visiting your own doctor at home for the medical check before you go as they will have better equipment and knowledge of your personal medical history.
The medical questions above are for the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience programme. For the PADI Scuba Diver, Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver and Divemaster courses, please see the questions on the next page.