Diving Medical Assessment

divingToHealth provide both HSE diving medicals and recreational diving medicals. Diving whether for work or recreation makes physical and mental demands on the diver. To promote safety and reduce the risks associated with diving the Diving at Work Regulations were introduced in 1997. These are administered and enforced by the Health and Safety executive.

Your certificate is signed off by our doctor who is on the Approved List of Medical Examiners for Divers (AMEDs).

Under the regulations, all people who dive at work must have a valid certificate of fitness to dive (MA2) issued by an AMED Doctor.
Whether you are being assessed for the first time or renewing an existing certificate, ToHealth can provide the assessment of whether you are fit to dive.

Any illness or injury during your diving career may affect your fitness to work. Following certain conditions (eg any lung, heart, brain, nervous system, ear, nose or throat disorder, including decompression illness, or any illness or injury requiring you to be off work for more than 14 days), you must be re-examined by an AMED to assess your fitness to return to work. This involves a specific assessment of the possible effects of your illness or injury on diving safety and your ability to work as a diver.

Before attending your medical you should read the HSE guidance Are you medically fit – click here.

If you are recreational diver but would answer yes to any of conditions on the PADI or BSAC self certification forms, you will need to have a medical certificate before diving. Some diving centres in holiday destinations require a medical check up before you can dive.

What tests are in an HSE Diving Medical?

By choosing ToHealth you can be assured of a fully compliant HSE medical consisting of the below tests:

  • Exercise test
  • BMI
  • Waist circumference
  • Spirometry
  • Post-exercise PEF/FEV
  • Resting blood pressure
  • Urinalysis
  • Audiometry (initial only)
  • Review with AMED doctor

Please note that if clinically indicated, your doctor may request a chest X-Ray, a resting ECG and blood tests. These are not included in the price above and if needed, the costs will be agreed before you continue.

Diving Medical FAQ

1Do I need to bring anything with me to the appointment?
You will be required to bring along photographic identification and ideally we would like you to arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment time. If you are applying for a renewal you should bring your previous fitness to dive medical. You should also bring with you a record of any medications you are taking in regards to pre-existing medical conditions.
2Where will my medical take place?
Your medical will take place at our London Waterloo Clinic which is conveniently situated right next to Waterloo train station. The address is 41 York Road, London, SE1 7NJ
3How long will the medical take?
The medical should take around 90 minutes to complete, we work on a timed appointment basis so you will be seen on time and can plan your day without the worry of delays.
4Do I get my MA2 certificate on the day of my appointment?
Yes, as long as you are deemed fit by the doctor conducting your medical. We will provide you with the certificate at the end of your appointment to take away with you.
5How long is the certificate valid for?
The full certificate is valid for 12 months. You can renew your certificate with us by making an appointment in advance.
6How do I arrange an appointment for a medical?
The easiest way to arrange an appointment is by calling our bookings team on 0333 335 9866 or by using our contact us facility on our website – https://waterloo.tohealthltd.co.uk/contact-us/