BSAC has been monitoring information being circulated concerning how the impact of COVID-19 will affect a return to diving following lockdown.
The current evidence base in any of the reports published is acknowledged by the medical profession, including the authors, to be very limited.
BSAC and other UK organisations are advised on medical matters by the UK Diving Medical Committee (UK DMC). The UK DMC together with the British Hyperbaric Association (BHA) are currently monitoring all the available and continually developing evidence associated with COVID-19 and are committed to formulating and promoting relevant advice for continued diver safety.
In the current situation of the worldwide impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, recreational diving is not possible and whilst planning is underway for advice on how to return to and manage a safe resumption of activity once restrictions begin to ease, we remain reliant on the advice of medical experts and key researchers who are working to understand the condition and any potential long term effects.
BSAC will continue to support the work of the UK DMC and BHA and as soon as any advice becomes available will communicate it using all available channels.
We would like to take this opportunity to applaud the selfless dedication and commitment of all involved in NHS and other key workers, plus all the related fields of medicine and research worldwide working together to defeat the pandemic.
A very big thank you to our members for showing such great responsibility, resolve and support to each other, during these immensely challenging times for the whole network.
If you have any questions please do get in touch, we'd love to hear from you. You can contact the Diver Resources Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0151 350 6203. There is also support online.
BSAC Safety and Development Manager
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