Diving Medicals

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As diving can be both physically and mentally demanding, a diver must not dive in a diving project unless they are fit to do so and hold a valid certificate of medical fitness to dive.

  • This certificate is issued after a medical examination by an approved medical examiner of divers (otherwise known as an AMED).
  • Fitness to dive medicals must be completed at least annually or more frequently if specified by the AMED.
  • Click here for a list of AMEDs publically available to carry out fitness to dive medicals in Ireland.
  • For further information, see the Guidance on the Medical Assessment of Divers.

Certificate Validity

For a certificate of medical fitness to be valid, it must be:

  • in the name of the diver;
  • issued by an AMED;
  • in date for the period of the diving project that the diver is participating in; and
  • in compliance with any conditions.

Certificates of medical fitness which were issued under the Safety in Industry (Diving Operations) Regulations 1981 and have not expired, are recognised under Regulation 21 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Diving) Regulations 2018 and 2019, until they expire.