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Are You Healthy Enough to Scuba Dive?


Scuba diving is a fun activity. Exploring the underwater world is both fun and serious. Scuba diving is enjoyed by millions of people all over the world. To keep it fun, it does require you to be in reasonable good health and a level of fitness.  We follow the standards that we have been trained in and given by PADI, the Professional Association of Dive Instructors, Inc. We are not doctors, so we cannot offer any advice or opinions on your or your child's health status for diving.  We are happy to refer you to local Doctor's who understand scuba diving's medical standards or Divers Alert Network.


Another aspect of safety and health is emotional maturity. A parent and guardian needs to be realistic about their children's ability and maturity to pay attention, listen and follow directions from their Dive Professional.  It is the Parent’s responsibility to help evaluate their child's medical, physical and emotional readiness to participate in scuba diving. If your parents know of any medical problems you may have, you’ll need to see a medical doctor before scuba diving. The PADI Medical Statement will help you, your parents and the doctor review your medical fitness to participate.


Depending on the introductory scuba experience or training you are seeking, there are associated forms and releases to be reviewed before you can dive.

 

Go to the following areas:

Bubblemaker & Seal Team Program are for children under 10 years old

Discover Scuba Diving are for children 10 years of age and older

Junior Open Water Program and all other continuing education scuba training programs are for children over 10 years of age 

Boy Scout & Girl Scout Scuba Programs are for children 12 years of age and older.

 

Important Note: If the participant checks “YES” on any condition on the medical history portion, the participant must receive a doctor’s approval before participating in scuba; you will then need to download the Medical Release.  Please understand that these standards are you and your loved ones safety.  It does not mean you will not be able to dive, it means that a physician's approval and signature is required for you to dive.  Also - if you health changes, you need to have a new Medical Release signed.