SCUBA comes with inherent risks, and certain medical conditions require that a doctor sign that you are medically fit to dive. These include chronic ear infections or disease, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, lung problems, epilepsy and fainting as well as a few more. See the photo left of the PADI Medical Questionnaire to ensure you are fit to SCUBA dive.
Have a condition that's noted on the questionnaire? If you visit your doctor annually and have the condition in remission or under control, your doctor may be able to help. Give your doctor's office a call. Your doctor may be satisfied with an online visit or phone call prior to signing and faxing the required physician release form to you.
Answer "yes" to questions on the medical questionnaire? You must provide a doctor's signed release form to dive. Contact us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org to inform us that you wish to obtain a doctor's release. This should be done well in advance of your booking, especially if you don't have a doctor on call.
Otherwise, you must cancel your experience prior to 24 hours before your experience for a full refund. Bookings made within the 24 hour period prior to start must be cancelled within 4 hours of booking to receive a full refund. No shows and notifications of cancellation outside of these timeframes will not be refunded. Contact your booking platform (the site where you booked) immediately to manage your booking.
Flying immediately after diving is not advised, as it could result in decompression sickness from residual nitrogen in the blood stream. Our bodies do not use nitrogen that's in air; instead, our bodies must release residual nitrogen from our dives over time through a process of "off gassing."
SCUBA decompression theory is just that: theoretical, so it's important to be conservative by sticking to these suggested, minimum intervals between flying and diving. "The recommendations should reduce the DCS risk associated with flying after diving but do not guarantee avoidance of DCS. Preflight surface intervals longer than the recommendations will further reduce DCS risk (Divers Alert Network)."
Divers Alert Network, a group of international doctors who provide medical advice and support to SCUBA divers all over the world, recommends a minimum of 12 hours between a single dive and flying. This is plenty of time for most people on vacation.
Multiple dives in a day require a minimum of 18-24 hours between diving and flying, and a series of dives over several days should be followed by 24-48 hours before flying. We care about your safety, so let us know when you plan to fly after diving.
If you must fly within 12 hours of (the end of) your Discover SCUBA Dive experience, you must cancel your experience prior to 24 hours before your experience for a full refund. Bookings made within the 24 hour period prior to start must be cancelled within 4 hours of booking to receive a full refund. No shows and notifications of cancellation outside of these timeframes will not be refunded. Contact your booking platform (the site where you booked) immediately to manage your booking.