Australia is one of the safest destinations in the world to go scuba diving. This is due to its strict safety regulations and Dive Standards. Recreational divers must complete a Recreational SCUBA Diving Medical before they can train or dive with official diving operators. Accredited General Practitioners must conduct diving medicals. In other words, doctors who have completed a course in Diving Medicine and follow the Dive Standards for Medicals.
Dive medicals are valid for 12 months. Overseas medicals are not accepted in Australia unless they are equal to (or better than) the AS 4005.1 standard.
Scuba diving can be dangerous and even fatal if the diver has a pre-existing medical condition. Medical conditions or disorders may cause a diver to experience disorientation, impaired judgment, impaired mobility, unconsciousness or decompression sickness whilst they are underwater. Some conditions such as asthma and epilepsy are incompatible with scuba diving, but snorkelling and free diving may be possible.
Diving Medical Examination
- lung function
- blood pressure
- height and weight
A chest x-ray is also required at additional cost.
Dr John Kenafake has provided dive medical services to the Sunshine Coast for more than 20 years. Furthermore, he is a member of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society. For more information, visit Sunshine Coast Dive & Travel Medicine.
Book an appointment for a diving medical with Dr John Kenafake or Dr Peter Jacobs.