Scuba Diving Restrictions

Can anyone scuba dive? Quite often, the diver makes his own decision to enroll in a driving course or dive as part of a group having the limitations of which is silence. It is important to remember that if there are serious contraindications in diving, it is worth informing the instructor.  This is your safety and health!

It is worth noting that scuba diving can even be useful as a therapeutic procedure for some diseases. And the presence of the diagnoses listed here – this is not a cross on the diving lessons. Just need more self-control, the attention of the instructor, less workload, and a doctor’s consultation.

can anyone scuba dive
can anyone scuba dive

Scuba diving requirements

Mental Illnesses

Scuba diving restrictions in any manifestations of diseases of the central nervous system:

  • which may relapse in the form of momentary loss of consciousness,
  • spatial orientation,
  • epileptic seizures,
  • schizophrenia,
  • uncontrollable aggression.

Lung diseases

All respiratory diseases, both past, and chronic:

  • Tuberculosis in various stages of manifestation,
  • asthma,
  • inflammatory processes of the middle ear,
  • many types of otitis media,
  • diseases of the ear (scarring of the eardrums),
  • inflammations of the throat and nose,
  • uncontrollable stuttering,
  • hypersensitivity of the vestibular apparatus.

Diseases of the organs of vision.

Concomitant strabismus. Uncontrolled lacrimation in one or both eyes. All kinds of diseases of the retina and optic nerve. Also, scuba diving is not recommended to people who have recently undergone surgery for laser vision correction, or during the rehabilitation period after surgery.

Infectious diseases.

Any manifestations of tuberculosis, dysentery, shigellosis manifestations, including asymptomatic. The manifestation of the consequences of diseases of the lungs or pleura.

Intracranial diseases

Tumors of different kinds. Perceived cranial trauma, concussions. Ischemic attacks. Hematomas and open injuries. Increased intracranial pressure. Abnormalities in the functioning of the cerebral circulation.

Musculoskeletal disorders

requirements to scuba dive
requirements to scuba dive

Depending on the severity of the illness diving lessons may be directly contraindicated to people with certain types of congenital disorders, severe spinal curvature. The presence on the body of multiple scars, scars, or papillomas, makes it difficult to wear equipment or causes discomfort and pain. Bone, muscle, or joint disease if it critically restricts or hinders movement.

A state of overexertion, malaise.

Signs of gratuitous excitement, in a state of alcohol intoxication residual effects of taking drugs is a direct contraindication to scuba diving. Likewise, it is not recommended to dive with symptoms of fatigue or apathy, after a busy day or a sleepless night.


According to statistics, most fatal accidents occurred due to failure to meet the standards and rules of diving. Dive with your head! Even if there are no medical contraindications to diving there is no “safe” diving.  People who propagate statements about the total safety of diving are banal – they just quote advertising leaflets. Only improvement of skills, availability of theoretical knowledge, and practical experience will allow reducing possible risks to a minimum.

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