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Diving Medicals: HSE, PADI, BSAC, and More

Diving Medicals: HSE, PADI, BSAC, and more

From our London base (at Barts Health Whipps Cross University Hospital) we offer a range of different medicals approved for commercial, sport and recreational divers. Our Doctors also provide Topside and other specialist medicals for construction workers and corporate clients.


  • Commercial and Professional Divers

    HSE diving medical for commercial divers; also for divers working in the recreational sector, including PADI divemasters and instructors

  • Sport and Recreational Divers

    Recreational diving medical (if yes box has been ticked in pre-dive self certification form, for BSAC, PADI, SSI and other agencies) or if you are diving in a country where it is mandatory to have a diving medical.


All medicals are carried out at our Hyperbaric facility by experienced dive medical doctors and Approved Medical Examiner of Divers (AMED)s experienced in scuba diving medicine.

Most of our staff are also active divers and are on hand to provide expert advice. If you can’t find the medical or information here that you are looking for here, please feel free to call our friendly and knowledgable team. They are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, by telephoning 020 8539 1222 (+44 20 8539 1222 from outside the UK).


HSE DIVING MEDICALS

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Diving At Work Regulations 1997 cover any work sector where you need to go underwater to work.

If you dive as part of your work, then you will need a valid certificate of fitness to dive.

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HSE Diving Medicals

When you need to dive as a means of getting to work because your workplace is underwater, you can be considered a professional or commercial diver. The term also covers those who dive as part of working in the recreational sector, such as Divemasters and Instructors.

Background

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) consider diving to be a high-hazard activity. Legislation, in the form of the HSE Diving At Work Regulations 1997, was developed to promote safety within the diving industry. Good health plays a key part in being able to meet the physical and mental demands of diving underwater. As such, it is a legal requirement for commercial divers to hold a valid certificate of medical fitness to dive (MA2), issued by an Approved Medical Examiner of Divers (AMED).

HSE Diving Medical Exam at London Hyperbaric

One of our AMEDs will examine various aspects of your physical and mental health.  They will then determine if you can be issued with a certificate of medical fitness to dive (MA2).  During your medical you can expect to have various tests performed, including:

  • Exercise test
  • BMI
  • Waist circumference
  • Spirometry
  • Post-exercise PEF/FEV
  • Resting blood pressure
  • Urinalysis
  • Audiometry

HSE Diving Medical Prices


  • HSE Medical – Inital
  • Inital – 1.5 hours
  • If you have not been examined for a HSE Diving Medical by our AMEDs before, or more than 18 months ago, you must opt for this INITAL medical.
  • £150
  • per person

  • HSE Medical – Renewal
  • Renewal – 1 hour
  • If your last certificate of fitness to dive was issued by one of our AMEDs within the last 18 months and you wish to renew it, this is the option for you.
  • £100
  • per person


Further Reading

The HSE recommend that before visiting an AMED for your HSE Diving Medical you should read their guidance: ‘Are You Medically Fit’.

The following publications are also available to read:

If you have any questions or are not sure which medical is right for you, please call our friendly and knowledgable team between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday, on 020 8539 1222 (+44 20 8539 1222 from outside the UK).

Recreation and Sport Diving Medicals

For sport and recreational divers (including PADI and BSAC) who are required to undergo a medical examination and assessment. Also for some dive holidays in countries that require you to pass a medical before being allowed to dive.

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Recreation and Sportdiving Medicals

Background

Diving can be a fascinating and rewarding pastime.  When diving for sport or recreation, some divers are required to undergo a medical examination and assessment. For example, BSAC and PADI divers who answer ‘YES’ to having any conditions listed on the self-certification forms.

Some dive holiday destinations are in countries that require you to pass a medical before being allowed to dive.

Other divers may not be required to have a medical exam but still want to do so for their own peace of mind.


Further Reading

You can find further information on the following official websites:

Sportdiving Medical Prices


  • Sportdiving – Standard
  • Usual Duration: 1 hour
  • For BSAC, PADI and other recreation divers who do NOT have Asthma.
  • £80
  • per person

  • Sportdiving – Enhanced
  • Usual Duration: 1.5 hours
  • If you have Asthma, this enhanced medical exam is the option for you.
  • £80
  • per person


If you have any questions or are not sure which medical is right for you, please call our friendly and knowledgable team between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday, on 020 8539 1222 (+44 20 8539 1222 from outside the UK).