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That pesky Medical Statement

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by Christi, Feb 22, 2017.

  1. giffenk

    giffenk Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: toronto
    The Divi in Bonaire does not ask any questions. It simply has you initial a bunch of statements (which implies you read and agree with the statements).
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  2. Colliam7

    Colliam7 Tech Instructor Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Kents Store, VA
    Buddy Dive as well.
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  3. redacted

    redacted Guest

    Well that seems to be the difference. For North American divers heading for southern diving destinations, it is not the normal practice. Except for MEX, it seems to be quite uncommon. And often a surprise upon arrival.
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  4. Scuba One

    Scuba One Dive Travel Professional

    I received a response from Sandals/Beaches in regards to the medical release question as below. I suggest printing it and taking it with if you are worried they are going to require a doctor's release, even with all "no's" on your medical form. If you want the specifics on the Sandals/Beaches Elite Diver Program, please email me at scubaone@scubaone.com and I can send it with an attachment from Sandals, that I don't know how to add here. I ran into Mr. Clarke, the watersports director for Sandals/Beaches, walking the floor at the DEMA Show last November and forgot to ask how the Elite Program was working for them.

    Good morning,

    Thank you for pointing this out to us, you will need a Doctor’s note only if there is a “YES” printed on the questionnaire.
    If you need additional assistance please feel free to reach out to us.


    Marshalyn Kerr
    Executive Administrative Assistant
    Office of Michael Clarke
    Director of Watersports
    Sandals Resorts International
    1231-1232 Providence Dr.
    Ironshore Industrial Estate
    Montego Bay, St. James, Jamaica
  5. Tug

    Tug ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    Thank you for following up with them! The statement on the website seemed a little weird as that wasn't my experience when I stayed at a Sandals a year or so ago.
  6. Magnus Lundstedt

    Magnus Lundstedt Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Umeå, sweden
    I have a question regarding Meds, that i hope some of you is able to reply to.

    I have a son that like to try out scubadiving, he is on prescription meds against ADD (attention performance drug), is those kind of drugs usually ok for scubadiving ?

    Offcource we are going to ask his doctor before i let him take the OW class or Tryout Scuba-class, but is there any reason to not get him exited and talk scuba with him and then he get dissapointed when the doc says no?
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  7. RainPilot

    RainPilot OC/CCR Instructor Trainer Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: UAE
    @Duke Dive Medicine is probably the best resource here, else the good folks at DAN can probably put you in touch with the right people
  8. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Nomad
    I had a student with what appears to be a similar situation a while back and DAN said no AFAIR. Don't take my word for it, check with a specialist physician and contact DAN with the full medical information.
  9. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Boulder, CO
    There are different medications used to treat ADD. Over the years I have had a number of students approved who were taking such medications. Of course, you will need the individual clearance from his doctor.
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  10. Magnus Lundstedt

    Magnus Lundstedt Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Umeå, sweden

    Good, this was the answer i hoped for. :)

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