Freediving is a demanding activity and can be strenuous and you need to be in good health to participate. If you have any questions as to whether or not you are fit to freedive, consult with your physician.
The purpose of the Medical Questionnaire
is to find out if you should be examined by a physician before participating in freediving activities. A positive response to a question does not necessarily disqualify you from diving. A positive response means that there is a preexisting condition that may affect your safety while freediving and you must seek the advice of a physician.
Please answer the following questions on your past and present medical history with a YES
. If you are not sure, answer YES. If any of these items apply to you, you must consult with a physician
prior to participating in freediving.
____ Do you have a history of seizure disorder, stroke, brain
surgery, blackout, severe migraine headaches, vertigo
or dizzy episodes, significant head injury or aneurysm of
the brain's blood vessels?
____ Do you have a history of heart attack, heart surgery,
irregular heartbeat, uncontrolled elevated blood
pressure (hypertension), heart murmur, known patent
foramen ovale (PFO), acute pulmonary
with swimming or diving, or unusual shortness of breath
or chest pain during exertion?
____ Do you have a history of spontaneous collapsed lung,
collapsed lung due to injury, cysts or air pockets of the
lungs, severe damage to lung tissue, emphysema, or
any lung problem which interferes with your ability to
____ Do you have permanent holes of the eardrums, history
ruptured eardrum, permanent tubes in eardrums,
severely impaired hearing or hearing loss in one or both
ears, recurring problems with ear pain during descent on
aircraft, otitis media, middle ear infection, severe surfers
ear or major ear surgery?
____ Do you have a history of
tumor, polyps, or cyst of the
sinus cavities or nasal passages, major sinus surgery, or
persistent sinus infection?
____ Do you have a history of asthma or asthma attacks? Any
history of wheezing caused by exercise, anxiety, cold,
fatigue, etc. Any condition requiring medication and/or
use of an inhaler for control of wheezing?
____ Do you have a history of diabetes?
____ Are you presently pregnant or planning to be pregnant?
____ Do you have a history of a diving accident,
decompression sickness, pressure injury (barotrauma) to
the ear, or recurrent difficulty equalizing pressure in the
ear during descent, or air embolus?
____ Do you take any medication on a regular basis either
over-the-counter or prescribed by a physician (with the
exception of birth control or anti-malarial)?
____ Do you have any physical and/or emotional condition
not mentioned that causes you concern about being
underwater or that might affect your judgment under
times of physical or emotional stress?