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While we all like to enjoy ourselves underwater there are risks involved, especially for those with some medical conditions. The Australian Standards organisation, various state and federal regulators, together with the diving industry and representatives of recreational divers, have combined to put in place requirements and medical standards for SCUBA diving in Australia that are amongst the strictest in the world.
To undertake training with most diving operators, or to dive using their equipment, under their supervision, or on a dive they coordinate, they require you to have a Recreational SCUBA Diving Medical to Australian Standard 4005.1. Overseas medicals are not accepted unless they are equal or better than the AS4005.1 standard. When starting a diving course, the dive medical must be valid within 12 Months of starting a course or a new one is required.
The requirement for a Dive Medical is ultimately for your own safety.
Where To Get A Dive Medical
Some of the diving doctors we know and recommend are:
|Dive Medical Doctors|
|Dr Vanessa Haller||Carrum Downs Medical Centre
115 Hall Road
Carrum Downs VIC 3201
Melway 100 H2
|03 9782 6666|
|Dr Guy Williams||Rosebud Medical Centre
1239 Point Nepean Road
Rosebud VIC 3939
|03 5981 1555|
|Dr John Roth||Mornington Medical Group
258 Main St
Mornington VIC 3931
|03 5975 2633|
|Dr Adrian Murrie||Sorrento Medical Centre
166 Ocean Beach Road
Sorrento VIC 3943
Melway 157 A8
|03 5984 4322|
The South Pacific Underwater Medical Society (SPUMS) has a full list of AS4005.1 certified physicians.
Cancelling The Right To Dive Anyway
Regardless of whether you have a current Dive Medical Certificate, a dive operator has the power to exclude you from participating in diving activities. All Victorian dive operators reserve the right to do this.
For more information about Australian dive medicals and dive medical requirements, please visit the informative web site Dive Medicals Online.