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Most people can learn to scuba dive

Most people who are reasonably fit and well can learn to scuba dive.

Please check course pages to confirm any specific fitness requirements. For example, to complete the PADI Open Water Diver course you will need to swim 200 metres without stopping and without swimming aids, and also float or tread water for 10 minutes.

Before completing any course or booking dives (even pool dives and experiences), you will need to complete a standard medical form which is reproduced below.

If you have any queries please get in touch with the team on 01935 353525 or email We aren't doctors and can't give medical advice but we can point you in the right direction.

Please note: previous versions of the medical form asked if individuals have been diagnosed with Covid-19. This has now been changed to focus on the impacts of Covid-19 via question 1 and, if required via the supplementary box A.

Completing the form:

Follow the instructions on the form. If you require referral to a doctor, please don't book any activities until you have the confirmation in writing.

Please note that some GPs refuse to sign any kind of sports forms. If you require clearance prior to diving and cannot get this from your GP, then please contact us and we can give you details of a doctor specialising in diving medicine who will be able to help you further.

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