Australia has the strictest requirements for scuba diving than anywhere else in the world… With the highest safety record!
The information on this page applies to qualified Certified Divers, beginner Resort Divers and anyone participating in liveaboard scuba courses. The laws governing scuba diving in Australia are very different than in other countries so please read the information carefully so you know what to expect… It is not an individual tour Operators’ decision regarding these laws – they are regulated by the Queensland Government
Medical Information for ALL Scuba Divers in Australia
This information applies to certified divers, beginner/resort divers and anyone participating in scuba dive training. We advise all scuba divers not to assume that because it is considered safe for you to scuba dive in another country that it will be fine in Australia – please do your homework and avoid any potential disappointment.
Many medical conditions, health issues and/or medications (both past and present) may prevent you from participating in scuba activities unless a dive medical certificate to Australian Standards AS4005.1 can be provided to the dive supervisor onboard
Some prescription and non prescription medications may also prevent you from diving (including some malaria prevention tablets) or require you to bring a medical certificate to Australian Standards AS4005.1 with you on your reef trip. If unsure of a medical condition (past or present), a medication, or a health concern, please contact us
Please read the following questions regarding your past and present medical history carefully and answer either ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ – if unsure answer ‘Yes’.
A positive response does not necessarily disqualify you from diver training, but it does mean that your safety while diving may be affected and therefore a physical examination by a dive physician is required prior to your reef tour.
- Are you presently taking ANY prescription medications? (With the exception or birth control)
- Are you over 45 years of age AND can answer ‘yes’ to one or more of the following:
- Currently smoke a pipe, cigars or cigarettes
- Have a high cholesterol level
- Have a family history of heart attacks or stroke
- Are currently receiving medical care
- High blood pressure
- Diabetes mellitus, even if controlled by diet alone
- Could you be pregnant or are you attempting to become pregnant?
Have you ever had, or do you currently have…
- Asthma, or wheezing with breathing, or wheezing with exercise?
- Frequent or sever attacks of hay fever or allergy?
- Frequent colds, sinusitis or bronchitis?
- Any form or lung disease?
- Pneumothorax (Collapsed lung)?
- Other chest disease or chest surgery?
- Behavioural health, mental or psychological problems (panic attack, fear of closed or open spaces)?
- Epilepsy, seizures convulsions or take medications to prevent them?
- Recurring migraine headaches or take medications to prevent them?
- Blackouts or fainting (full/partial loss of consciousness)?
- Frequent or severe suffering from motion sickness (seasick, carsick etc.)?
- Dysentery or dehydration requiring medical intervention?
- Any dive accidents or decompression sickness?
- Inability to perform moderate exercise (example: walk 1.6 km/one mile within 12 mins)?
- Head injury with loss of consciousness within the last 5 years?
- Recurrent back problems?
- Back or spinal surgery?
- Back, arm or leg problems following surgery, injury or fracture?
- High blood pressure or take medication to control blood pressure?
- Heart disease?
- Heart attack?
- Angina, heart surgery or blood vessel surgery?
- Sinus surgery?
- Ear disease or surgery, hearing loss or problems with balance?
- Recurrent ear problems?
- Bleeding or other blood disorders?
- Ulcers or ulcer surgery?
- A colostomy or ileostomy?
- Recreational drug use or treatment for, or alcoholism in the past five years?
If you have answered ‘Yes’ to any one or more of the questions above, you will be required to produce a current dive medical to your Tour Operator prior to commencing any scuba activities.
Getting your dive medical:
If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of the above questions, you are required to get a dive medical that meets Australian Standards AS4005.1. Your dive medical must be conducted by a licenced physician using Australian forms and Australian guidelines, however may be conducted outside of Australia. Your scuba dive medical must be completed in English within 3 months of commencing scuba dive activities.
To access the necessary forms, Please click on this link and you can download an Australian Dive Medical
We strongly recommend that you use a medical center that specifically caters to scuba diving examinations, unless your doctor is fully versed with the provisions of the Australian standards and the practices involved in scuba diving.
Please contact us if you require help booking a dive medical appointment.
*This information was correct at the time of publishing (February 2016).
As Australian dive standards may change, please seek advice from your dive center if you have any medical condition, medication, past or current health concern that may affect you participating in scuba diving activities.
Terms and Conditions for Scuba Diving Activities
- All scuba divers booking a tour accept that they have read and agree to the ‘Scuba Diving Important Information’, medical requirements for scuba within Australia and all other terms and conditions of their trip
- At the start of your tour, all persons participating in scuba activities are required to fill out a standard Queensland Medical Declaration form [view form]. For children, this form must be filled in and signed buy a parent or guardian. All questions must be answered honestly, as it is a legal document. Your safety is of primary concern. For snorkelers, this information will simply help operators advise accordingly regarding snorkelling safety. For scuba divers, some medical conditions and/or medications and/or health issues (both past and present) may prevent a person from participating in scuba diving activities
- Minimum age for resort scuba diving (beginners) or participation in scuba diver training is 12 years in Queensland, Australia
- Minimum age for certified divers (qualified) is 10 years in Queensland, Australia. Age policies may differ between operators – some require all scuba divers to be minimum of 12 years old
- All junior divers must either be accompanied by a certified parent or guardian or must dive with a dive professional at an additional charge
- No refunds will be offered for uncompleted dives
- No refunds will be offered for uncompleted dives due to medical restrictions
- Certified divers must be ‘Open Water Diver’ level or higher, and bring proof of their qualification with them to be checked by the the Dive Supervisor. If unable to verify your certification level, tour Operators reserve the right to refuse a person scuba diving as a certified diver
- All passengers are strongly advised to purchase comprehensive travel insurance that includes trip cancellation insurance, evacuation and medical cover for scuba diving. Please read the wording of your insurance policy carefully and ensure it covers you for all intended activities – including all scuba activities. In a medical emergency, any evacuation, vessel relocation, medical or other expenses are the financial responsibility of that passenger
- Tour Operators reserve the right to change locations, prices, vessels and itineraries due to unforeseen circumstances and without notice, but will full consideration of safety
- Please read the individual terms and conditions applicable to each tour
Scuba diving can be a strenuous activity.
When safety procedures are followed and good diving practices are employed scuba diving is a very safe and fun sport. To scuba dive safely you must not be extremely overweight or out of condition. Your respiratory and circulatory systems must be in good health and all bodily air spaces must be normal and healthy. If you are, or if you become unwell during your scuba activities, you will not be permitted to continue with diving until you are fully recovered. You may never dive with a cold, flu or any respiratory congestion