Commercial diving will test a person’s physical strength and psychological fitness to the limits. Professional diving can be very challenging and risky. This is why people who aspire to enter the dive industry must be medically tested beforehand to prove that they are physically fit for the job and must maintain that condition throughout their career.
Based on the DWR of 1997 (Diving at Work Regulations), one has to go through medical examinations prior to dive training. HSE has designated trained individuals who perform these tests and they are called AMED or Approved Medical Examiner of Divers.
Diving is not allowed if you have one or more of the following conditions:
- Heart disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Collapsed Lung
- Other lung related diseases
- Problems with Ear, Nose, Sinus or Throat
- Mental Instability
- Head or Spine Injury
AMED will provide a medical certificate indicating that you passed the thorough test and this is valid only for 1 year because this has to be renewed annually by doing physical tests again.