Sports Diving - UKDMC
David is familiar with both the BSAC and PADI certification routes. He is a member of the UK Diving Medical Committee (UKDMC) and can therefore offer advice and make decisions regarding an individual’s fitness for dive should they have any medical issues.
Sports Diving – UKDMC
David has dived all over the world and has been a diver for over 30 years. He therefore, appreciates how important (and expensive) diving can be to recreational divers, who may plan dive trips years in advance. However, as Senior Medical Officer (SMO) in diving for the Royal Navy, where he was the Duty Diving Medical Officer (DDMO) handling diving emergencies (both military and civilian), he also appreciates how dangerous it can be; particularly if an individual has even the smallest medical problem, which might become far more serious at 30 metres under water. Accordingly, as a medical referee for the UK Diving Medical Committee (UKDMC), David can offer advice with regard to mitigating such risks e.g. limitations where necessary, to facilitating safe diving for both the diver and their dive buddy.
In the first instance divers should make contact by email. In nearly all cases an initial consultation is held to ensure appropriate duty of care to the diver. However, thereafter communication by email or telephone will usually suffice.
Coming for a Medical
Please download, print and complete the application forms BEFORE arrival. Failure to do so adds 20 minutes to the consultation time.
- Bring your completed UKDMC Sports Diving Referee Form (Downloadable from this page).
- Bring photo ID, (Passport, Drivers licence, Military ID, etc.).
- Be prepared to provide a urine sample ON ARRIVAL.
- Bring spectacles (do not wear contact lenses for the consultation).
- CHECK DIRECTIONS ON THE WEBSITE (THEY ARE SIMPLE IF FOLLWED) – DO NOT TRUST SAT NAV ONCE NEAR BEDSTONE.