Scuba Diving Regulations: Don't Dive If You Have These Medical Conditions

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Most people should have no trouble enjoying a scuba dive trip. Unfortunately, some people will not qualify due to a medical condition. When faced with a condition, one should not attempt to dive as it can result in serious injury or death. At a minimum, a diver who has a medical problem will have an uncomfortable and perhaps, terrifying, situation. Of course, at the worst, one can die or experience a serious injury if they are not physically fit to dive. Here are four types of people who are not suitable for scuba diving. 

Lung issues: When a person has a collapsed lung they will have difficulty in diving. This is true since a diver will experience plenty of pressure in his or her lungs one they enter the water. Some diver do not heed an instructor’s advice, and they enter the water with issues in their lungs. In most cases, one will not experience any serious trauma, but it is best to remain cautious before jumping in the water. With regards to asthma, most divers should take it easy, though some companies will allow one to get in the water with asthma. Remember, when in the water, a person with even minor lung issues will experience serious pain and discomfort. 

Ear issues: As most people realize, a diver faces immense pressure when he or she first enters the ocean. Now, most people can handle it and have no problem other than a slight discomfort. Unfortunately, when entering the water with serious ear problems, a diver can experience pain and possibly rupture his or her ear drum. Now, a person with a slight ear infection should have no problem jumping in the water and having an enjoyable time. However, when faced with equilibrium issues, one should consider a less intense activity. 

Disease or cancer: An individual can hop in the water if he or she has cancer. However, most instructors advise people undergoing treatment to stay out of the water. When a person is fighting a sickness, a diver will have a suppressed immune system. Ideally, a diver should wait till he or she has an okay from their doctor. Remember, while cancer does not exclude one from going into the water, it makes it more difficult. 

Heart problems: When underwater, the human body faces plenty of stress. With this comes a serious problem for a person with a heart problem. For this reason, most dive schools and scuba diving instructors will not let an individual with heart problems into the water. In fact, every year, plenty of divers with weak hearts die as a result of stressing their bodies too hard and too fast. 

When going into the ocean, one faces a lot of obstacles. Fortunately, most people should have no issue putting on a diving suit and enjoy the open waters. On the other hand, any individual with a serious ailment should consider a less intense alternative such as snorkeling.


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Joshua Teh is a diving enthusiast and writer. He writes on the various scuba dive hotspots in Malaysia as well as articles on scuba diving tips, equipment, regulations and how you can obtain a PADI diving certification in Malaysia.

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This article was published on 2013/07/20