Sports Diving - UKDMC

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.  A consultation usually lasts between 45 minutes to an hour for which there is a fee of £175.

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.

Before arriving:

  1. Bring your completed UKDMC Sports Diving Referee Form (Downloadable from this page).
  2. Bring photo ID, (Passport, Drivers licence, Military ID, etc.).
  3. Be prepared to provide a urine sample ON ARRIVAL.
  4. Bring spectacles (do not wear contact lenses for the consultation).




David was quick to respond and very thorough in his approach to the changes made to medical self-certification for recreational diving in response to Covid-19.  Communication was clear and concise, making the process from start to end very easy. David was able to accommodate an appointment within just a few days of contact and put me at ease from the moment I arrived talking me through the process step by step. The examination was very thorough and tailored to the requirements essential for medical clearance. David is exceptionally knowledgeable and is happy to expand or explain any queries you may have during or after the examination. I would highly recommend David to others."

 Mark Ewins, BSAC Ocean Diver and University Lecturer 

David has been a pleasure to work with to get me back in the water Since I am only a hobby diver his knowledge of diving has re-assured me .
I would be happy to recommend him to anyone.”

Sue Povall, Scuba-diver

David has vast medical diving knowledge and combined with his clear, concise explanations means you can have full confidence in all recommendations made. 
His relaxed and friendly manner helped put me at ease and he took the time to answer my questions with great detail.
Would recommend to anyone looking for a conscientious diving physician.”


Mike Cook, PADI Diver

“I was so very pleased with my consultation. This BSAC diving medical was useful for both my diving and general health. Dr David Carey put me at my ease; talking with him is so easy. He performs an elegant, quality analysis. His explanations of my health problems and their potential effects were wonderfully clear. Kind of wishing I had spoken with David Carey twenty years earlier!
Very thankful for the BSAC requirement for a medical assessment else I would not have met David Carey. This easy appointment corrected more than one decades-old health issue.

Top notch and worth every bean.

Thank you so much, David. Very, very pleased.”



Margaret Berry, BSAC Ocean Diver Trainee

Margaret Berry, BSAC Ocean Diver Trainee

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