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Scuba Diving Medical Statement

Since the Dive Shops in Utila all operate under the PADI certification system, all people undertaking a scuba diving course are required to complete a Medical Statement. This Medical Statement is sanctioned by PADI, the Recreational Scuba Training Council and the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society. (Click here to download a copy. 276KB PDF format).

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Answering Yes to any of the questions on the statement, does not necessarily disqualify you from diving, but since your medical condition may affect your safety while diving you must obtain the approval of a physician prior to engaging in scuba diving activities.

The Utila Community Clinic undertakes Scuba Diving physical examinations for a fee of 300.00 Lempira (as at September 2006). During this examination, the Doctor will assess the severity of your medical condition as it relates to scuba diving and explain to you what risks (if any) your medical condition may expose you to in the underwater environment and then give you a medical opinion as to whether scuba diving is considered to be in your best interests.

Diving is an exciting and demanding activity. When performed correctly, applying correct techniques, it is relatively safe. When established safety procedures are not followed, however, there are increased risks.

To scuba dive safely, you should not be extremely overweight or out of condition. Diving can be strenuous under certain conditions. Your respiratory and circulatory systems must be in good health. All body air spaces must be normal and healthy. A person with coronary disease, a current cold or congestion, epilepsy, a severe medical problem or who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs should not dive. If you have asthma, heart disease, or other chronic medical conditions or you are taking medications on a regular basis (with the exception of birth control or anti-malarial), you should consult a doctor and your scuba diving instructor before participating in a scuba diving training program.

You will also learn from your scuba diving instructor the important safety rules regarding breathing and equalization while scuba diving. If you have any additional questions regarding the Medical Statement, review them with your scuba diving instructor before signing the statement.


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