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Discussion in 'Member Introductions' started by Kerr1992, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. Kerr1992

    Kerr1992 New Member

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    Hi guys,

    I'm new to the forum and just wanted to say hi :)

    I haven't yet started learning to scuba but it will be soon, Im planning on having it done before I go to Malaga on holiday in June, I have been looking at diving on the Costa del sol and it seems quite good, I'm bussing someone has been there who can tell me just how good it is? :)

    I will be learning with deep blue scuba in Edinburgh ... Just have to get my medical form signed :O ... Does anyone know if doctors charge for this?

    Thanks
    Craig
     
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  2. SrLagarto

    SrLagarto DIR-ish DIFF Diver... and, Honorary Idjit ;)

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    Welcome to UKD, Craig! Wish I could help you out with your questions, but as a self-imposed foreigner to your lands, I'll have to leave it with someone possessing a little more 'local knowledge'! Best of luck with your courses - let us know how you get on. ;)
     
  3. DaveS

    DaveS Play nice. Enjoy UKD

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    Depending who you're training agency is and whether you fulfil the criteria you may not need a doctors certificate. If you are training with a PADI centre and can honestly answer the questions on the form such that you have no ailments then you won't need one. If you do need a doctors cert then they will cost a small amount £20 ish I seem to remember. If you request a full formal dive medical with a HSE doctor then they'll charge over £100.
    Who are your training agency and what have your local dive club advised?
     
  4. Kerr1992

    Kerr1992 New Member

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    Unfortunatly, as I am diabetic they require a the medical cert, It sucks :( ... A well maintained diabetic I must add, so doctor SHOULD sign it off no problem :) lol

    I'm hoping to learn with Deep Blue Scuba in Edinburgh ... Which is PADI :)
     
  5. SrLagarto

    SrLagarto DIR-ish DIFF Diver... and, Honorary Idjit ;)

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    Sorry to hear that - but, UKD's very own 'Shoka' will be able to offer you a lot of help and advice re: diving with diabetes, from his own personal experience. He's a very nice chap, a very experienced diver... and, I'm not saying he's old, but it's rumoured he owns cylinders that are older than I am!

    Shoka's on the last days of a holiday at the moment, so he might not able to get to a computer for a day or two - but, he'll be back very soon! ;)
     
  6. Kerr1992

    Kerr1992 New Member

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    Believe it or not I was about to start training as a royal navy diver (Of the bomb disposal kind) when I found out :O ... Worst day of my life! career went up the spout :) ... will just have to put up with being a lifeguard for now :( lol ... worst job on the planet!
     
  7. SrLagarto

    SrLagarto DIR-ish DIFF Diver... and, Honorary Idjit ;)

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    That's harsh, dude. :(

    Similar (although, nowhere near as severe...) situation happened to me when I was about your age - turned down for the RAF when their medical revealed I was a little colour-blind! Obviously, that's nothing compared to your situation, but it was a kick in the balls at the time. ;)
     
  8. Kerr1992

    Kerr1992 New Member

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    Of course that is just as bad dude! :O ... When you have something you want to do and you find out you can't do it, it really is a kick in the teeth! :O

    But I have to say, it means I can now learn to dive for recreation rather than a job :)

    And also I wouldn't have had my chance to co-drive in a rally championship last year either so at least I got to do some good stuff :)
     
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    my son lives in malaga visit , a few times a year ive found ,Simply Diving Spain offers scuba diving along the entire Costa del Sol, Spain, serving Malaga, Torremolinos, Benalmádena, Fuengirola, Mijas Costa, Calahonda and beyond. best dives i have had is gibraltar and tarira island with them around 80 ero for two boat dives pick you up and drop you off , don,t know what the kit hire is i have a full kit what i keep at my sons home in benalmadena hope this helps . http://www.simplydiving.com/dive-sites/index.html
     
  10. Scunnered

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    Welcome... come along to one of the DBS club nights, 1st Thursday of each month at the Merkat - we're quite a nice bunch really :)
     
  11. Kerr1992

    Kerr1992 New Member

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    Hmm ... I had a look at the prices and £80 without equipment ain't bad but I don't have the time to save enough before hand :O ... I'm only a part - time student :( Dammit! ... Ill try anyway :D

    If I had thought about it earlier I would have started saving earlier :)

    My stupid work won't give me overtime! I'm not used to having such little money, I keep asking myself why I went back to college? lol

    Scunnered ... I will definitely be their at somepoint, as soon as my doctor charges a fortune for her autograph and then I will find out the nearest course dates :D ... I really can't wait :D

    Craig
     
  12. Kerr1992

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    Woops! read it wrong :) ... its 95 euros WITH EQUIPMENT :) and for two dives lol

    It says two dives, full day is that right? lol sorry if its a stupid question :D
     
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    Welcome to the forum and good luck with the doctor and the course.
     
  14. Jenkins

    Jenkins Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.

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    Welcome to the forum.

    PADI is a training agency, the other well known one is BSAC but you also do have others. Training systems will vary but each agency will all teach you how to dive the same SCUBA equipment and cover the necessary safety skills.

    Regarding your medical you will need signing off by a diving doctor due to your diabetes, I think locally to me dive referees charge around £35 (ish) for a recreational diving medical. You will need to be signed off by a diving doctor and not your usual GP but I'm sure someone can recommend a diving referee local to you.

    Unfortunatly diving is NOT a cheap sport and is also very adictive so very quickly absorbs any spare pennies. Then again it is also great fun and being based in Aberdeen you will have no shortage of (relatively) local diving at your disposal once qualified.
     
  15. Kerr1992

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    I didn't realize I needed a diving doctor to sign it, deep blue scuba just asked for my doctor to sign it.

    Also I realize its an expensive hobby but I just plan on buying the basic stuff i.e. mask, snorkel and fins and maybe a few other cheaper bits and pieces and I will just hire the rest until I can afford it :)

    I'm quite good at saving :D lol
     
  16. Shoka

    Shoka Stripy Fish Specialist

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    What type of diabetes (type I or type II??). What drugs are you prescribed ?

    Cheers Harry
     
  17. Kerr1992

    Kerr1992 New Member

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    Type 1 on insulin :(
     
  18. Shoka

    Shoka Stripy Fish Specialist

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    Sorry to say you have a hard road ahead of you to get clearance even for recreational diving.

    The problem is that you are vulnerable to hypoglycemia. This is not good in and of itself, but in a diving context is also easily confused with some versions of the bends, so you represent a double problem to the medical profession.

    Projecting your insulin/sugar balance in the face of a variable thermal load and variable level of exertion that diving can throw at you is a challenge.

    I'm type 2 and on a drug regimen that does not leave me vulnerable to hypoglycemia, so only have to show that my treatment is stable and my secondary symptoms are well controlled, to get clearance to dive, so am not a good reference for your case.

    Do not give up hope entirely however as there are at least two insulin using diabetic divers that post on this forum, so it is possible to satisfy the medics of your fitness to dive. If I can locate the thread where they announced themselves I'll add it to this thread. You may be able to get advice and further contacts from them.

    You will need to be referred to a diving specialist medic for clearance to dive.

    Cheers and good luck. Harry
     
  19. Kerr1992

    Kerr1992 New Member

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    Don't worry, within the last year and a half I have gotten used to being told what I can and can't do, to be honest, If I have to follow the route of going to see specialists and all the rest of it, I don't think I can spare the money and don't think I want the hassle.

    Thanks anyway :)
     
  20. Shoka

    Shoka Stripy Fish Specialist

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    Cannot comment on the Diving medic's north of the border, but the doctor I use in Liverpool charges the princely sum of £25 pounds for my annual medical, so that part of the game is not too terrible.

    Cheers Harry
     

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