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Dive Medicals Brisbane

Obtaining a dive medical is vital for all persons desiring to participate in either recreational or commercial diving.  Scuba diving is an exciting and demanding activity.  When performed correctly, applying the correct techniques, it is relatively safe.  If however, the diver has a pre-existing medical condition it can be dangerous, even fatal.  Whilst underwater, any medical conditions or disorders can cause a diver to experience:

  • Disorientation
  • Impaired judgment
  • Reduced mobility
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Decompression sickness

Diving can be strenuous under certain conditions. Participant’s lungs, heart and circulation must be in good health. As a safety requirement, all divers in Queensland are required by law to pass a Diving Medical Examination obtained within accordance to Australian Standards AS 4005.1 and guidelines set by SPUMS – The South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society

Dive Medical Examination

Here at Racecourse Road Health Centre in Brisbane, we conduct two kinds of Diving Medical Examinations – Recreational and Commercial. Each will take approximately 45 minutes. The medical consists of:

  • Hearing/eyesight tests
  • Urine test
  • Lung function test
  • Blood pressure test
  • Height/weight measurements
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A medical questionnaire will be required to be completed. The purpose of this medical questionnaire is to find out if you should be examined by your doctor before participating in entry-level recreational diving certificate training. A positive response to a question does not necessarily disqualify you from diving. A positive response means that there is a pre-existing condition that may affect your safety while diving and you must seek the advice of a medical practitioner, preferably with experience in diving medicine, prior to engaging in dive activities.  You may also be required to get a compulsory X-ray, this will incur an additional cost.

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Conducting Dive Medicals

A Dive Medical Examination cannot be performed by all General Practitioners, they can only be conducted by a Doctor who has obtained the approved training to medically examine recreational and occupational divers.  Dr Peter Herbert has decades of experience and various degrees and post-graduate medical qualifications, including:

  • Dive Medicals
  • Aviation medicine
  • Obstetrics
  • Gynaecology
  • Occupational/environmental medicine
  • Travel/tropical medicine

Commercial Diving

Commercial diving occurs whenever underwater work is undertaken for profit or reward. This immediately makes the diving subject to the provisions of occupational health and safety legislation.  Commercial diving could be considered any of the following:

  • Diving at work
  • Civils diving
  • Professional diving
  • Construction diving
  • Oilfield diving
  • Salvage diving
  • Industrial diving
  • Military diving
  • Police Diving
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Under most Australian diving legislation and AS/NZS 2299.1:2007, occupational divers are required to be trained in accordance with the provisions of the Standard and to have an ADAS certificate, other occupational diver training, or qualifications issued by the relevant regulatory authority.

So, whether you are just starting out as an entry-level scuba diver, or a Commercial diver requiring an AS/NZS 2299 Diving Medical Examination, Racecourse Road Health Centre in Brisbane can cater for your needs. Your dive medical appointment will ensure that you are in the best physical health to allow you to enjoy the beautiful reefs around Australia and abroad.

A simple appointment for a dive medical is all you will need to start your journey to becoming a licensed diver. Enjoy the relaxed and tranquil environment of Ascot, Brisbane. Find us at 119 Racecourse Road Ascot, and come in for your dive medical, let us help you get the medical certification that takes into account your particular needs and circumstances. Leave it all up to us, we provide qualified commercial and recreational medical examiners with extensive experience.

Racecourse Road Health Centre in Ascot can provide all Dive Medical Examinations in the Brisbane area. Should you require a Dive Medical Examination in the Sunshine Coast, our General Practice in Montville can assist you. Make a booking for your Dive Medical Examination by calling your preferred clinic to book your examination with one of our friendly reception team. At this time we do not take online bookings for Diving Medical Examinations.

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