jase - aren't you heading up to the Poor Knights soon???? My suggestion would be to phone Oxygen Therapies (www.hbot.co.nz
), which is where I get my medicals done, and extend your trip by a few hours.
They have everything on site needed for a commercial medical - because don't forget you need a hearing test, eye sight tests, probably a chest x-ray and all that Jazz. They are awesome, way cheaper than the Navy and generally have appointments open for any day.
In my opinion, the list of Designated Diving Doctors is a waste of time. most of them (GPs) have very limited knowledge of diving medicine. Most of them apply the aviation medical tests and call it a diving medical. My standard GP - who is a DDD - had to look up what a sharpened Rhomburg test was. I'm not surprised that a lot of diving medicals are viewed with suspicion. Get it done by the people who do them all the time - OTL or the Navy.
jase wrote:I may be wrong here, and have no doubts that someone will put me in my place ....But i bet that the doc in Davenport is not the most highly qualified diving doc in NZ
Probably. The guy who does the final sign off is Des Gorman - who helped write the PADI nitrox manuals and has a whole bunch of experience. Looking at it from a superficial point of view, I'd say it's probably a toss up between Des and Simon Mitchell for most qualified and knowledgable diving doctor. Des certainly know his sh!t, though...