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Diving Abroad – Medical Requirements

The following article is taken from BSAC Talk, October 2003 Edition, the monthly newsletter sent to branches and is reproduced for information.

“The self-declaration process of establishing fitness to dive was adopted by all the UK recreational sports diving agencies in June 2001. The system is also operational in many countries. Countries, which BSAC are aware of, that require a medical certificate signed by a doctor are; The islands of Malta, Spain, including the Canaries and the Balearics, and some islands of the Maldives. A copy of medical form B can be found on BSAC's website or call headquarters on 0151 350 6200. Australia requires a South Pacific Underwater Medical Society (SPUMS) Medical.

When self-declaring each year, members should submit the completed form to the Branch Diving Officer [Treasurer in BCD] and keep a copy of the document with their qualification record book. This self-declaring document is often acceptable in most countries and diving centres. However, not all countries or diving centres accept this system of self-declaration. When travelling overseas, it is highly recommended to contact, as soon as possible, the dive centre at the destination country to ascertain the precise medical requirements that are required. Requirements vary from country to country and centre to centre. It is the responsibility of the individual to find out what the local and centre requirements are.”


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