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Medical certificate for recreational diving in England

Discussion in 'General Scuba Diving' started by Pajero, Feb 25, 2020.

  1. Pajero

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    Hi, quick question. I've dived all around the world, where rules vary. Can a diving center ask me to show a medical certificate before diving in England?
     
  2. jb2cool

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    They may just want you to fill in a self-certification. If you answer yes to any of the questions (Like having had heart or breathing issues in the past) then you may need to show them you are cleared to dive by a doctor. If you can answer no to everything then you can self-certify.
     
  3. Dave Whitlow

    Dave Whitlow Super Moderator
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    It is their facility and they can ask for whatever they want.

    In reality, as said above, the most they may ask for you to confirm your fitness to dive. Often, ability to pay is all that is required.
     
  4. Wibble

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    It's not a requirement. Only exception is if you're taking a course where they may require a self-certification.

    UK's quite relaxed about those rules.

    Only some centres allow solo diving and will generally require a dive plan.

    Have you any specific dive in mind?
     
  5. furryman

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    Unlike Spain or Australia, there is no legal requirement for any certs in the UK. A dive centre can ask for a self-certification form (PADI-style), and clubs will want you to do the same. Answering "yes" to a question may prompt them to ask for a Certificate from a medic.
    If you and a mate book on a boat, or if you go to a puddle privately, then there is no need for any certification (nor indeed any evidence of being able to dive!). The Guardia Civil will NOT be waiting for you when you surface!
     
  6. Dave Whitlow

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    The exception being caught solo diving in Wraysbury without submitting a plan! I've seen the self-appointed dive police demonstrate sense of humour failure and deliver stern words to offenders! (it is their puddle and their rules so they are entitled to do so.)
     
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