Underwater diving can be an exciting experience, if done correctly, in an individual that is deemed fit to dive. However, in an individual who is not suitable to dive or if diving is performed incorrectly, it may result in serious adverse consequences, including death.
At Top Health Doctors, some of our doctors have undertaken advanced training in diving and hyperbaric medicine, to ensure that your diving experience is a SAFE one.
Our doctors with diving interest, are accredited by an advanced and specialised Australian medical course, approved by The South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society (SPUM) to perform BOTH
1) Recreational Diving Medical (AS4005.1 “The SPUMS Recreational Diving Medical”), and
2) Occupational / Commercial Diving Medical (AS /NZS 2299.1).
Our doctors will do a comprehensive assessment of both general risks related to compression (being underwater), breathing compressed gases, and specific risks relating to the health of each individual with the type of diving to be undertaken.
Diving may be done recreationally for your own enjoyment or professionally (as of paid employment) in a number of applications, including scientific, military and public safety roles.
Some of the commercial diving performed in Australia includes saturation diving, police diving, aquarium diving, being a diving instructor and many others.
Underwater divers are trained in the procedures and skills appropriate to their level of certification by instructors affiliated to the diver certification organizations which issue these certifications. These include standard operating procedures for using the equipment and dealing with the general hazards of the underwater environment, and emergency procedures for self-help and assistance of a similarly equipped diver experiencing problems.
A minimum level of fitness and health is required by most training organizations, but a higher level of fitness may be appropriate for some applications.
Our doctors who perform the diving medicals, have successfully completed the “Basic and Advanced Medical Officer Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Course” (including the qualifying examinations), approved by The South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society (SPUM) that covers a wide range of diving and hyperbaric related health topics.
These topics include the physics and physiology of diving, inert gas narcosis, management of decompression illness, management of barotrauma, hypothermia and hyperthermia, treatment of marine animal envenomation, rescue and resuscitation of divers, oxygen and carbon dioxide / monoxide poisoning, high pressure neurological syndrome, therapeutic roles of oxygen, aural barotrauma, audiology and hyperbaric medicine, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the requirements for a therapeutic chamber, management of diving emergencies, retrieval of diving accidents, investigation of diving accidents, diving medical for both recreational and occupational divers plus many other pertinent topics.
If you encounter a diving related matter outside our office hours, please ring the DIVING EMERGENCY SERVICE (DES) Hotline
in Australia on 1800 088 200.
To learn more about safe diving, please click here.
Please note an applicant may be sent for more external tests or for external medical opinion, depending on the applicant’s inherent medical conditions.
Below is a video from Top Health Doctors, about diving medicals.