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MEDICAL STATEMENT

Diver Medical Fitness Assessment

All students participating in pool dives or open water dives at Aquatic Adventures, Inc. are required to provide a medical statement certifying their fitness for diving. This confidential statement asks students to verify whether they have any medical issues that could affect their ability to dive. While declaring a medical condition does not preclude you from participating in scuba training, it does mean that you will need to have a medical doctor certify your medical fitness. This is done by having your doctor complete and sign the RSTC Medical Statement prior to your first day of class.

Please read through the sample form below before you register for class. If you will need to answer YES to any item, download the RSTC Medical Statement here and bring it to your doctor. Then provide the signed form to Aquatic Adventures no later than your first day of class. Without a doctor's signature verifying your medical fitness for scuba diving, you WILL NOT be allowed to participate in scuba training. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Please note that an RSTC Medical Statement completed by your doctor is good for 12 months assuming your medical condition does not change. If your medical condition changes or you have not had an RSTC Medical Statement signed by your doctor in the last 12 months, a new form must be completed.

Divers Medical Questionnaire

To the Participant:

The purpose of this Medical Questionnaire is to find out if you should be examined by your doctor before participating in recreational diver training.  A positive response to a question does not necessarily disqualify you from diving. A positive response means that there is a preexisting condition that may affect your safety while diving and you must seek the advice of your physician prior to engaging in dive activities.

Please answer the following questions on your past or present medical history with a YES or NO. If you are not sure, answer YES. If any of these items apply to you, we must request that you consult with a physician prior to participating in scuba diving. Your instructor will supply you with an RSTC Medical Statement and Guidelines for Recreational Scuba Diver’s Physical Examination to take to your physician

_____ Could you be pregnant, or are you attempting to become pregnant?

_____ Are you presently taking prescription medications? (with the exception of birth control or anti-malarial)

_____ Are you over 45 years of age and can answer YES to one or more of the following?

  • currently smoke a pipe, cigars or cigarettes
  • have a high cholesterol level
  • have a family history of heart attack or stroke
  • are currently receiving medical care
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes mellitus, even if controlled by diet alone
Have you ever had or do you currently have…

_____ Asthma, or wheezing with breathing, or wheezing with exercise?

_____ Frequent or severe attacks of hayfever or allergy?

_____ Frequent colds, sinusitis or bronchitis?

_____ Any form of lung disease?

_____ Pneumothorax (collapsed lung)?

_____ Other chest disease or chest surgery?

_____ Behavioral health, mental or psychological problems (Panic attack, fear of closed or openspaces)?

_____ Epilepsy, seizures, convulsions or take medications to prevent them?

_____ Recurring complicated migraine headaches or take medications to prevent them?

_____ Blackouts or fainting (full/partial loss of consciousness)?

_____ Frequent or severe suffering from motion sickness (seasick, carsick, etc.)?

_____ Dysentery or dehydration requiring medical intervention?

_____ Any dive accidents or decompression sickness?

_____ Inability to perform moderate exercise (example: walk 1.6 km/one mile within 12 mins.)?

_____ Head injury with loss of consciousness in the past five years?

_____ Recurrent back problems?

_____ Back or spinal surgery?

_____ Diabetes?

_____ Back, arm or leg problems following surgery, injury or fracture?

_____ High blood pressure or take medicine to control blood pressure?

_____ Heart disease?

_____ Heart attack?

_____ Angina, heart surgery or blood vessel surgery?

_____ Sinus surgery?

_____ Ear disease or surgery, hearing loss or problems with balance?

_____ Recurrent ear problems?

_____ Bleeding or other blood disorders?

_____ Hernia?

_____ Ulcers or ulcer surgery ?

_____ A colostomy or ileostomy?

_____ Recreational drug use or treatment for, or alcoholism in the past five years?