Before you jump in (or head out on a dive trip) make sure you have all the kit you need to stay safe, help your buddies and mainly, enjoy your dive. The lists are pretty comprehensive so you don’t forget anything important. Plus by being prepared yourself you might be able to help a buddy in need (not every diver will bring every item). You can print them out and tick each item off as you pack for your next diving trip.
Fitness to dive: medical self-declaration
We work closely with UK Diving Medical Committee (UKDMC) and as a diver and member of BSAC you are required to complete a Diver self-declaration medical fitness form, upon joining, and then annually when renewing. Complete your Diver self-declaration medical fitness form by;
- Downloading and completing the Diver self-declaration medical fitness form
- or completing the self-declaration medical fitness form online in your MyBSAC account
You should also complete one in the event of a medical condition arising between these times.
If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the answers on the Diver self-declaration medical fitness form you will need to have a medical examination, this may just mean a simple phone call with a Medical Referee. In more serious or complex cases you may need an appointment.
Who are the UKDMC?
UKDMC is the national network of medical referees with accredited diving medicine expertise who set the standards of fitness required to dive. They use a uniform set of medical standards which are continually reviewed as new research is published. The UKDMC website will provide you with access to the latest information and relevant forms that are available for download
What if I want a medical examination?
Medical examinations for fitness to dive. The current self-declaration process has become an established system with the full support of the UK Diving Medical Committee (UKDMC). Even if you have answered ‘yes’ to all of the answers on the Diver self-declaration medical fitness form but you still feel you would like a medical examination for your own peace of mind there are two options for those that want a medical examination:
- a medical examination from your own GP (in addition to the mandatory self-declaration process)
- or a medical examination from a UKDMC referee - and a UKDMC ‘fitness to dive’ certificate can be issued.
Only a UKDMC referee can endorse a UKDMC ‘fitness to dive’ certificate.