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Dive Doctor in Vancouver?

Discussion in 'Southern BC Spyhoppers' started by creamofwheat, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. creamofwheat

    creamofwheat Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: British Columbia
    So I have to get medical clearance for my DM class, and thought it would be kinda fun to go to a dive doctor in the area instead of my own family physician. Though my own doctor would make it real easy (he knows all of my medical histroy, so would sign me off without conductiong any tests, i dont think), it would be fun to go to a doctor experienced in dive medicine. Are there any in the area? And how would I go about making an apoointment with him/her? And is something like that covered with BC medical? If not, how much would I have to fork out?
  2. PrincessOfPower

    PrincessOfPower Master Instructor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: San Diego, CA
    Hey C.O.W

    I could probably just tell you this in person, but its more fun on here (lol).

    Your dive medical will cost something. I think you're looking at $40ish. The one you have to do for PADI is...relatively mickey mouse. Yes it will be a much more educational experience to go to a doc who knows the ins and outs of diving. Here's a list I found, http://www.scuba-doc.com/divcan.htm, there appears to be 5 or so in Vancouver. I have no specific recommendation on who to see, as I just go to my doctor.

    Let me know how it goes...
  3. creamofwheat

    creamofwheat Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: British Columbia
    Hehe, thank you my wonderful Princess of Power. :D

    I wont be going until some time after my return to our beautiful BC waters, but if I do end up going to a dive doc as opposed to my GP, I will definitely let you knnow how it goes and what they do. :D

    ARCOII Garibaldi

    I've tried calling the doctors listed at doc.com/divcan.htm--that list is seriously out-of-date.

    Does anyone have any other suggestions about finding a doctor who has special knowledge of SCUBA? I've had a couple of tooth implants that required breaking through the bone into a sinus cavity, and I want to know if that will impact my diving (now that it has healed over).
  5. tkdgodess

    tkdgodess PADI Pro

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Canada
    i don't have a dive specific dr. but i know someone with ear issues and was cleared for diving by an ear-nose-throat specialist. If you want to see a Dr. other than a walk-in or your GP you must see your GP and request a referral. You could also check and see if there are Dive Doc in Washington state.
  6. vjanelle

    vjanelle Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    I went to a clinic, he just went down the padi form asking me questions. There was no specific physical.

    If you need an ENT with dive medicine experience, Dr Chan (IDC on Arbutus has his #) can help you out.
  7. wedivebc

    wedivebc CCR Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    Dr Greg Grant dives a KISS rebreather. Michael Lepawski is a diving Dr in Vanccouver
  8. wcbdiver

    wcbdiver Angel Fish

    # of Dives:
    Location: Union Bay, BC, Canada
    check the WCB website. They have a list of approved dive doctors. Mine here in Victoria is DR. Leong, The diving medical is not covered under BC health. The cost to me in april 15 2011 was $140.00. For Commercial Diving the blood test, hearing test, long bone exrays, etc cost about $300.00 and all not covered. I have one of these every year. For your Divemasters certification they don't need anything more then a general physical. I won't bother if I were you.

    Hope this helps.

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