Diving Medicals

We undertake 3 types of diving medical at ESTC:

  • Commercial and HSE Approved Medical
  • Offshore (UKOG) Medical
  • Seafarer’s Medical.


These are detailed below including requirements, costs, validity and certification. All medicals are conducted by our HSE approved doctor, Dr. Tim Fitzsimons, (M.B., Ch. B.), an experienced Diving Medicine specialist.

Commercial and HSE Approved Medical. The requirements for Commercial Diving are more stringent than for recreational diving. The HSE lists 5 working practices for each area of Commercial Diving:

  • Offshore Commercial
  • Inland Commercial
  • Media
  • Archaeology
  • Recreational Instructor e.g. PADI

Each diver requires a thorough medical and subsequent annual medicals. Medical includes checking personal details, previous medical history and log books followed by a thorough examination which includes a full hearing test, a detailed lung test (spirometry), a heart trace (ECG) and a monitored step test assessment. Initial examination may require blood testing (full blood count), completing the HSE questionnaire and confirmation by your G.P.

Successful divers will receive HSE certification and a full copy of the medical. Please bring proof of I.D, qualification cards, previous Dive Medical forms and a pair of trainers (step test).

Commercial and HSE Approved Diving Medical is valid for 1 year. Cost is £180 or £100 for PADI/Recreational Instructors.

Workers in the Offshore Sector need medical certification to confirm their fitness for training and working offshore.

Our Offshore Medical covers basic medical checks, a hearing test, spirometry and visual capacity. Certification conforms to UKOG (UK Oil & Gas) .

Offshore Medical (UKOG) is valid for 2 years. Cost is £100.

Our Seafarer’s Medicals are undertaken in line with MCA (Maritime & Coastguard Agency). Unless this is your first ENG1 medical you must bring your previous ENG1 certificate along with your Seaman’s Discharge book and/or a valid passport. Do not wear contact lenses for the medical – bring glasses if needed. Avoid loud noise for 16 hours prior to the medical a there is a hearing test included.

Seafarer’s Medical is valid for 2 years. Cost is £80.

All medicals require proof of I.D. – passport or driving licence (picture version). To book a medical please contact our HSE approved doctor, Dr. Tim Fitzsimons (M.B, Ch. B) on 0044 (0) 151 230 8248.

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