Compulsory Recreational Dive Medicals

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Re: Compulsory Recreational Dive Medicals

Postby rambaldi » Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:11 am

I have had a couple charters look at cards, or at least require your card number when you sign their waiver. I guess it could end up similar to that
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Re: Compulsory Recreational Dive Medicals

Postby Phantom Menace » Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:20 am

I very rarely SCUBA dive anymore so take my opinion in that light (I do a lot of free-diving / "snorkelling" and spearfishing - see my latest trip report "Mint day with 3 mates" as an example of the sort of thing I do now).

Ongoing diving medicals and self-assessment forms will only pick up a portion of divers:
[list=]Club members (assuming the club implements a medical requirement/recommendation)
Regular charter boat users
New divers undergoing training
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All of the above could be argued as being needed to cover commercial operator / club liability.

EDUCATION on the risks etc. is more key IMO - so that people understand and accept (ot not) those risks themselves. If the medical requirement was included as part of an education drive then I would be more likely to support it.

Interestingly, the stuff I do now with my "snorkelling" is likely to have a different (but overlapping) risk profile when compared with the bulk of recreational SCUBA divers. (although the term "recreational" is a misnomer - only the true Comercial divers are doing it for anything more than a simple recreational pursuit). Generally it can be a lot more physically demanding (unless an incident happens) and every 1:30 or 2 minute dive has to be considered and managed - particuarly when doing greater than 15 - 17m dives. (this is my personal point at which I am much more vigilant round having another buddy close by, actively watching for shallow water black out etc.)

Personally I am a bigger fan of education and letting people understand and manage their own risk profile. IMO a medical testing regime is unlikely to pick up the 50 yr old who does a couple of trips out on mates boats each year (for example)
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Re: Compulsory Recreational Dive Medicals

Postby divertk » Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:59 pm

As we are the only country that requires a diving medical ( Assi is currently ditching theirs) it seems silly to be out of step,

Yes the medicals are voluntary but try doing a dive course without one I suspect you would be hard pressed to get into any reputable training program. Pretty much everyone assumes it is a legal requirement - it is not as far as I know.
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