PADI MEDICAL QUESTIONNAIRE
Scuba diving is an exciting and demanding activity: To scuba dive you must not be extremely overweight or out of condition. Diving can be strenuous under certain conditions. Your respiratory and circulatory systems must be in good health. All body air spaces must be normal and healthy. A person with heart trouble, a current cold or congestion, epilepsy, asthma, a severe medical problem, or who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, should not dive.
The purpose of the Medical Questionnaire is to find out if you should be examined by a physician before participating in recreational scuba diving. A positive response to a question does not necessarily disqualify you from diving. A positive response means that there is a preexisting condition that may affect your safety while diving and you must seek the advice of a physician.
Please answer the following questions on your past and present medical history with a YES or NO. If you are not sure, answer YES. If any of these items apply to you, we must request that you consult with a physician prior to participating in scuba diving. Your PADI Professional will supply you with a PADI Medical Statement and Guidelines for Recreational Scuba Diver's Physical Examination to take to a physician.
Note to women: If you are pregnant, or attempting to become pregnant, DO NOT DIVE.
- Do you currently have an ear infection?
- Do you have a history of ear disease, hearing loss, or problems with balance?
- Do you have a history of ear or sinus surgery?
- Are you currently suffering from a cold, congestion, sinusitis, or bronchitis?
- Do you have a history of respiratory problems, severe attacks of hay fever or allergies, or lung disease?
- Have you had a collapsed lung (pneumothorax) or a history of chest surgery?
- Do you have active asthma or a history of emphysema or tuberculosis?
- Are you currently taking medication that carries a warning about any impairment of your physical or mental abilities?
- Do you have behavioral health, mental or psychological problems, or a nervous system disorder?
- Are you or could you be pregnant?
- Do you have a history of heart disease or heart attack, heart surgery, or blood vessel surgery?
- Do you have a history of high blood pressure, angina, or take medication to control blood pressure?
- Are you over 45 and have a family history of heart attack or stroke?
- Do you have a history of bleeding or other blood disorders?
- Do you have a history of diabetes?
- Do you have a history of seizures, blackouts or fainting, convulsions, or epilepsy, or take medications to prevent them?
- Do you have a history of back, arm, or leg problems following an injury, fracture, or surgery?
- Do you have a history of fear of closed or open spaces or panic attacks (claustrophobia or agoraphobia)?
- Do you have a history of colostomy?