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Posted : March 21, 2016
Medical clearance for recreational diving
I have had medical clearance to dive up to 30 m each year from 2007 onwards following a CABG in 2005. On seeking renewal I was told that my GP does not do examinations any more. The next nearest 3 GP's gave the same tale. Is this to do with dissatisfaction with the new procedure?. Can I get my local GP to provide a clearance acceptable to insurers as they do for HGV drivers? Do PADI have their own list of GP's for this purpose?
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Posted : April 4, 2016
Thanks for the enquiry.

GP's are not obliged to sign any form which is outside their NHS contract, and in today's litigious age many feel that they do not have enough experience or knowledge to be comfortable completing diving medical certificates.

PADI does not have a list of specialist diving doctors. Other dive organisations do, eg. BSAC. In general the doctors that act as medical referees for BSAC will sign PADI ones too (that's what I do) so your best bet is to find a local one of those. This site will help:

http://ukdmc.org/medical-referees/

Let me know if you have any further queries.

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