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C-Card roulette

Discussion in 'Advanced Scuba' started by Chilly_Diver, Oct 27, 2017.

  1. stuartv

    stuartv Seeking the Light ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Lexington, SC
    Places I have dealt with would accept a doctor's approval for diving if it's within 1 year old. So, get an annual physical and get your doctor to sign off on a scuba form (if you have any reason to mark Yes on a regular scuba medical questionnaire).

    I think the medical for my SDI pro card required a doctor to sign off within the last year, regardless of whether there was a Yes on my questionnaire.
  2. Edward3c

    Edward3c Instructor, Scuba

    Nothing silly, in the first situation your responsibility is to each other, in the second your wife had a responsibility to the instructor and the operator.
  3. dmaziuk

    dmaziuk Regular of the Pub

    Every member of RSTC does I believe, but the flip side is the form spells out "to receive training". So if an op demands that signed form for a non-training dive, you have every right to demand a cert after the dive's done. Some cert. Otherwise they simply have no right to ask for the particular form you're thinking of.
  4. BCSGratefulDiver

    BCSGratefulDiver Mental toss flycoon ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: On the Fun Side of Trump's Wall
    I've showed my instructor card on trips all over the world without any problems. The only time someone ever asked me if I would mind pairing up with a brand new diver I responded by saying "Sure, if you'll comp me the trip and sign a form agreeing to cover my liability". They declined ... and found me someone else to dive with.

    ... Bob (Grateful Diver)
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  5. Thalassamania

    Thalassamania Diving Polymath ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: On a large pile of smokin' A'a, the most isolated
    With respect to medicals, might I recommend the AAUS Standards:

    6.20 Frequency of Medical Evaluations Medical evaluation shall be completed:
    1. Before a diver may begin diving, unless an equivalent initial medical evaluation has been given within the preceding 5 years (3 years if over the age of 40, 2 years if over the age of 60), the member organization has obtained the results of that examination, and those results have been reviewed and found satisfactory by the member organization.
    2. Thereafter, at 5 year intervals up to age 40, every 3 years after the age of 40, and every 2 years after the age of 60.
    3. Clearance to return to diving must be obtained from a physician following any major injury or illness, or any condition requiring hospital care or chronic medication. If the injury or illness is pressure related, then the clearance to return to diving must come from a physician trained in diving medicine.
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    • Bove, A.A. 2011. The cardiovascular system and diving risk. Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine 38(4): 261-269.
    • Thompson, P.D. 2011. The cardiovascular risks of diving. Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine 38(4): 271-277.
    • Douglas, P.S. 2011. Cardiovascular screening in asymptomatic adults: Lessons for the diving world. Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine 38(4): 279-287.
    • Mitchell, S.J., and A.A. Bove. 2011. Medical screening of recreational divers for cardiovascular disease: Consensus discussion at the Divers Alert Network Fatality Workshop. Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine 38(4): 289-296.
    • Grundy, S.M., Pasternak, R., Greenland, P., Smith, S., and Fuster, V. 1999. Assessment of Cardiovascular Risk by Use of Multiple-Risk-Factor Assessment Equations. AHA/ACC Scientific Statement. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 34: 1348-1359. http://content.onlinejacc.org/cgi/content/short/34/4/1348
    • Bove, A.A. and Davis, J. 2003. DIVING MEDICINE, Fourth Edition. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company.
    • Edmonds, C., Lowry, C., Pennefather, J. and Walker, R. 2002. DIVING AND SUBAQUATIC MEDICINE, Fourth Edition. London: Hodder Arnold Publishers.
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  6. TrimixToo

    TrimixToo Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: New York State
    I get a new form signed every year. Not because I'm actively taking classes, though I might, but because I want my doctor to think about my physical condition and diving every year. You're there, taking the physical once a year anyway (I hope). It costs nothing to hand the doc the form and have them sign it.
  7. rick00001967

    rick00001967 Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: canada
    costs me about 170 bucks
  8. TrimixToo

    TrimixToo Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: New York State
    Just to get the form signed after a physical? Sheesh...
  9. CrumhornDiver

    CrumhornDiver Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Arlington, Virginia
    I think it cost me around $6 on Koh Tao for the med form for DM. The doctor never touched me. A nurse listened to my breath sounds and took my pulse. I think the doctor and I talked about my job and her medical specialties and experience for most of the "consultation". Luckily, I have no major health issues so I deemed it a formality. YMMV.
  10. jlcnuke

    jlcnuke Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: acworth ga
    It took me 4 hours of calling around to find 1 doctor that would consider signing paperwork last time, and almost 2 hours there explaining the requirements of the studies for diabetics that I already understand to get them to sign it off... oh, and $100 to get the "physical" done.

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