Is it because they are an SSI dive centre? If so nip up to the Resta Reef and dive with Emperor and you'll only need to fill in a self cert (assuming you don't answer 'yes' to any of the 'do you suffer from...' questions)
Bluesontour, take a look at the PADI website you should find the medical section take a pook at that. If you can answer yes to being over 45 this is ok as long as everything else is no. If you answer yes to anything then you need a doctors certificate.
I always dive with Coraya when I stay at the Madinat Coraya and for my own comfort and security I get a annual medical check up, would suggest you contact Coraya Divers direct:
make sure you pre-book in time to get the web rate, you pay on check-out.
This is good diving in the bay, get a dive buddy at the base and go in on your own unguided.
Hi blues it's Luke from Emperor Divers Marsa Alam . The above posters are basically right that a medical should not be required in all circumstances, but definitely is if you can answer 'YES' to any of the questions on page 1 of the medical you can find here: padi.com/english/…10063-ver2-0.pdf
These are the guidelines on fitness to dive by the Recreational Scuba Training Council not just PADI, so they are good guidelines to follow whether doing courses or just fun diving. There are countries where a medical is needed in all cases, such as Spain, but that rule does not apply in Egypt so if you are still unsure about Coraya's policy if you feel you do not need a medical, follow Hiker's advice and contact them. You will have to fill out a self certification though at least in all responsible operations. Feel free to message me if you need more info.
All the best,
Luke.Edited: 13 March 2013, 09:53
One thing I would suggest is that if you do answer yes it is best to get the medical done in the UK, saves any confusion whilst on holiday.
I would also suggest contacting a specialist dive doctor, or at least a doctor with an interest in diving, not all GPs are able to offer best advice.
Thanks for the replies guys. I have emailed Coraya and just waiting on a response. I may just keep my appointment and get my GP to sign the PADI form.
Did you get a response from the Dive Centre. I am looking a marsa, and have the same question.
jase 31, are you over 45?
Hi yes it's just the standard disclaimer form you get at most places so as long as you can answer all the questions no your good to go.
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