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Reef Report for Monday, July 1, 2013

New Queensland Dive Medical Guidelines go into effect
Saves you money/hassles

As of July 1st of this year there have been changes to the dive medical requirements that bring Queensland in line with the more flexible international standards.

The key factor is that if you have no glaring medical issues, are under 45, and are not grossly overweight, then a dive medical will no longer be required. © Deep Sea Divers Den That saves you having to take the Australian dive medical, which can cost from AUD$60-120. This applies to folks taking a full dive course, or just the ocean diving portion of a dive course here.

Contact us. if you are not sure of your status, we’ll help your sort things out.

If you are a legal eagle or have OCD tendencies, here’s the applicable excerpt from the updated Code:

If the person intending to undertake training for an entry-level recreational diving certificate has identified on the self assessed medical declaration that they:

(a) have or have had any of the medical conditions mentioned in the attached medical declaration; or

(b) are over 45 years old; or

(c) have a body mass index over 30 and a waist circumference greater than 102 cm for males and 88 cm for females;

then the person conducting the business or undertaking must not allow the person to commence the training unless the person can provide a dive medical certificate by a doctor, certifying that the person is medically fit to dive.

(C) DiveTheReef The weekly reef report is written by Joel Groberg of DiveTheReef.com, who compiles them from the many conversations he has with dive staff in the area, as well as  many other local sources in the dive community.

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