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Posted : June 8, 2010
Return to Diving with very mild Asthma is there anything I should be awaer of?
I have not dived for 5 years and would like to do some refresher training on holiday this year. I was/am a PADI rescue diver with 100 logged dives. In the intervening 5 years I have developed very mild asthma and occationaly use Subutimol as a relever. I do not know exactly what the trigger for the Asthma is however paints and thiners and possibly pollen will get me wheezy. Should I use the inhaler before I dive and what should I be awaer of?
Posted : June 8, 2010
Thanks for your query.

The bottom line with asthma of any variety is that it needs an initial assessment from a diving doctor.

This may seem harsh if it doesn't affect you too much now, or it was only a brief childhood problem, but the reason is medico-legal. No doctor will put their name to a cert saying you are fit to dive unless they have seen you.

The examination is straightforward and most asthmatics who are well controlled, irrespective of inhaler use, pass as fit. If there is any sign that exercise may be a trigger for the problem, then an exercise test is needed, on top of the usual spirometry.

So please arrange an appointment with your local dive doctor or call us on 0207 806 4028 for a "fit to dive" appointment if you can get to London.

We charge 60 for the medical which can be renewed by phone in the future if your condition is still the same.

Regards, Dr O
Answer provided by Dr Oliver Firth
Dr Ollie Firth
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