Due to the high risks and hazards involved with diving there are specific regulations for Diving at Work. The standards and guidelines reflect the need to protect the health, safety and welfare of divers at work. The medical standards therefore take into account the possible underwater emergencies and the physiological effects of working in a hyperbaric environment. The high pressure can have significant effects on different parts of the body and may not always be predictable. There are numerous cases where the diver has followed all the recommendations and safety guidance but has still developed a medical emergency.
The MA1 document specifies the medical conditions that are an absolute contraindication to diving or require a specialist assessment. Please read this document before you attend for your medical as it will enable you to ensure you do not have any disbarring conditions. If you are in doubt then please contact us to discuss on a case by case basis.
If you are considering a career in diving it is advisable to complete a medical questionnaire to ensure you have no medical conditions that are contraindicated. You will need to provide a summary print out from your GP of your medical history for your initial medical examination. You also need to have a good level of physical fitness and this will be assessed by an exercise test.
Divers who have a BMI greater than 30 will also have their waist measurement taken to ensure they are assessed adequately, and high muscle mass is taken into consideration. If there is any concern the Diver may only be given a certificate for 3 months or be advised to lose weight before returning for another examination.
Divers must be mentally fit to dive and have normal cognitive function. A high level of anxiety or depression, some medication and other conditions can impair judgement and put the diver at risk.
Exercise testing will be undertaken as part of the MA2 examination. It is advisable not to perform heavy physical exercise in the 24 hours prior to your appointment. Also avoid caffeinated drinks and eating a heavy meal in the 2 hours before your test. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes to exercise in.
We are happy to discuss any concerns you may have with you prior to an appointment.