Some people who start diving ask themselves: Why do I have to get a medical examination?
This certificate gives us the peace of mind that our body is prepared to submit it to efforts under hyperbaric means, such as diving.
The current legislation indicates the following:
Article 25.- Of the medical examinations of people who undergo a hyperbaric environment:
As we’ve read above, current legislation requires us to be performed by a doctor specialized in underwater-hyperbaric medicine, with a degree or diploma issued by an official body. Therefore, a recognition made by any doctor, as a general practitioner, isn’t valid. In addition to the specific training, much better if you’re a diver.
Medical certificate necessary according to the current legal regulations regarding safety regulations for the practice of underwater activities, which has been included in the Ministerial Order of 14/10/1997 (Ministry of Public Works), published in the BOE of 11.22.1997 , No. 280:
Although it came into force in 1997, people haven’t taken it into account. Currently, the Civil Guard has begun to ask the divers, apart from the title and diving insurance in force, also the medical certificate.
The main interested in having this certificate is the diver himself, since when he undergoes this examination he will be aware that his body is in a position to practice diving. It also gives us the assurance that our colleagues don’t have any medical problems that can give us a good scare under water.
Another very important question is: Who can perform a medical examination to dive?
To carry out the certificate you only need to buy the official form: Medical Certificate, which is purchased in pharmacies and its price is approximately € 3.50. This certificate will be completed by the doctor.