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Diving Medicals are done at the London Diving Chamber
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    All you need to know about recognition, treatment and avoidance of decompression sickness.

    N.B. If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of Decompression Sickness, please call the London and Midlands Diving chambers on 07940 353 816.

    The London Diving Chamber and Midlands Diving Chamber also offer dry diving and PADI hyperbaric courses. To view further information on these services, click the logos below to visit the sites.
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    What does LDC offer?

    A full range of dive medicals:

    • From the basic medical for those taking up the sport
    • HSE medicals for Commercial Instructors, Divemasters or Saturation divers
    • At LDC we have many years experience of Dive medicine
    • The doctor is registered on the HSE Approved List of Dive Examiners.
    • The doctor is an experienced SCUBA diver
    • We are happy to discuss any diving issues over the phone or by e-mail

    When should I contact LDC?

    • When you need a dive medical
    • If you have any concerns with your health before you take up scuba diving
    • If you come back from a dive trip and have had problems when diving

    N.B. If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of Decompression Sickness, please call the London and Midlands Diving chambers on 07940 353 816.


    What does a dive medical cost?

    There are different sorts of medical needed for different levels of qualification

    • Open Water Medical -for those about to start diving.
    • Malta/Gozo/Spanish Medical- for those diving in countries that require a medical done within the past year.
    Both of the above medicals include:

    Full physical examination
    Lung function tests
    Blood pressure

    • Fit to Dive - for those taking up diving who have a medical problem that needs fuller examination.

    e.g. asthma, history of epilepsy or lung disease

    • Australian Fit To Dive (AS4005.1) - for those who wish to dive in Queensland and who need to be medically certified fit to dive.
    • Divemaster Medical - HSE regulations stipulate that even though Divemaster trainees in the UK may never have any intention of actually working here professionally, they are responsible for "live divers" and as such require the full HSE medical (see below).
    • HSE Preliminary Medical - for the Divemaster or Instructor qualification, Saturation Divers, Underwater Cameramen. This is the standard medical for anyone wishing to work as a diver in the UK and is valid for 12 months.

      The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides a fact sheet with further information on the guidelines for this medical.

      The HSE also provides a guidance document on the medical examination and assessment of commercial divers. It is suggested that candidates read it before booking a medical to ensure they have no medical issues that might disqualify them automatically.

      The HSE dive medical includes the following:

      Full physical examination including BMI and waist circumference
      Exercise testing
      Urine analysis (a urine sample will be required)
      Selected additional tests, including full blood count and ECG if clinically indicated

      When you attend your first HSE medical, you need to bring a form countersigned by your GP proving you have no serious illnesses. Please download the form and print it off: Medical Questionnaire.

      Please note that according to HSE guidance, candidate divers with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of greater than 35 will be found unfit to dive.

      If the candidate's BMI is between 30 and 34.9, a waist circumference measurement is taken into account. If this is over 102 cm in males or over 88 cm in females, the candidate will be found unfit to dive.

      Additionally, waist circumferences of 94-102 cm (males) or 80-88 cm (females) may lead to a decision of unfitness, or a time-limited (3 month) certificate.

      The NHS provide a BMI calculator and useful information regarding waistlines.

      To measure your waist:

      Find the bottom of your ribs and the top of your hips
      Breathe out naturally
      Wrap a tape measure around your waist midway between these points to find your measurement
    • HSE Annual Repeat Medical

    For divers who had their previous year's HSE medical. If this was not undertaken at one of our facilities, please bring along a copy of the medical. This must be provided in order to issue a new HSE medical.

    • Assessment of fitness to return to diving after a bend or other illness

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    How do I make payment?

    Payment must be made on the day of your appointment, by cash or cheque only. Cheques should be made payable to The London Diving Chamber.

    Unfortunately, we are unable to accept credit/debit card payments at the time of your appointment.

    How do I know which medical I need?

    If you are unsure, please call the London Diving Chamber on +44 (0)207 806 4028 and they will be happy to advise you.

    How do I book a dive medical?

    Please phone the London Diving Chamber on +44 (0)207 806 4028 or complete the Appointment Request Form



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