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The underwater environment is unique. Understanding how this environment can affect your health is important. Fitness to dive includes medical fitness, psychological fitness, nutrition, physical fitness, knowledge, and physical skill. Addressing each of these components will ensure a safer diving experience. It’s important to identify medical conditions and medications that can adversely affect your diving.
Many questions come up at a Dive Medical Fitness exam. Can I dive with diabetes? Is it safe to dive after a stroke? Can I dive if I am colorblind? I have asthma, is it ok to dive? In many instances, it’s safe to dive with various medical conditions while on certain medications. It’s important that the physician who is providing your care understand how your condition or medication can be affected while underwater in hyperbaric conditions.
There are unique stressors specific to the working diver. This includes: Tunnel Workers (sand hogs), Commercial Divers, Scientific Divers, Public Safety Divers, and Military Divers. Organizations that represent these working divers have specific medical fitness requirements and guidelines. Seeking the guidance of a physician knowledgeable in Dive Medicine can be mandated by various organizations. These include: ADCI, OSHA, DCBC, AAUS, NOAA and the Military.
"I have worked with Dr. Charash for years. I find him to be a completely professional educator in Hyperbaric Medicine and one heck of a Diving Doctor. His advice is spot on and I value his consults. He is a go to physician in Diving Medicine for me!"
Commander USN Retired