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Vol 72, No 1 (2021)
Review article
Published online: 2021-03-29
Submitted: 2021-02-01
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Medical assessment of fitness to dive. Part I

Jarosław Krzyżak1, Krzysztof Korzeniewski23
DOI: 10.5603/MH.2021.0005
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Pubmed: 33829471
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International Maritime Health 2021;72(1):36-45.
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  1. Polish Society of Hyperbaric Medicine and Technique, Gdynia, Poland
  2. Department of Epidemiology and Tropical Medicine, Military Institute of Medicine, Warsaw, Poland
  3. Department of Occupational, Metabolic and Internal Diseases, Institute of Maritime and Tropical Medicine, Medical University of Gdańsk, Poland

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Vol 72, No 1 (2021)
HYPERBARIC MEDICINE Review article
Published online: 2021-03-29
Submitted: 2021-02-01
Accepted: 2021-03-02

Abstract

Good physical and mental health is a prerequisite for anyone planning to scuba dive. A fitness to dive certificate for those willing to enter a scuba diving course as well as for active divers, either amateur or occupational, can only be issued if there are no medical contraindications to dive. It is usually within the competence of a diving instructor, a manager of underwater work or a physician to assess a person’s mental and physical health and grant them permission to stay under hyperbaric conditions. The legal requirements for issuing a fitness to dive certificate are different for recreational and occupational divers. The part I of this article discusses the issues concerning medical assessment of fitness to dive for amateurs.

Abstract

Good physical and mental health is a prerequisite for anyone planning to scuba dive. A fitness to dive certificate for those willing to enter a scuba diving course as well as for active divers, either amateur or occupational, can only be issued if there are no medical contraindications to dive. It is usually within the competence of a diving instructor, a manager of underwater work or a physician to assess a person’s mental and physical health and grant them permission to stay under hyperbaric conditions. The legal requirements for issuing a fitness to dive certificate are different for recreational and occupational divers. The part I of this article discusses the issues concerning medical assessment of fitness to dive for amateurs.

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Keywords

diving, health assessment, medical contraindications

About this article
Title

Medical assessment of fitness to dive. Part I

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 72, No 1 (2021)

Article type

Review article

Pages

36-45

Published online

2021-03-29

DOI

10.5603/MH.2021.0005

Pubmed

33829471

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2021;72(1):36-45.

Keywords

diving
health assessment
medical contraindications

Authors

Jarosław Krzyżak
Krzysztof Korzeniewski

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