Fitness to snorkel: medical self-declaration

We work closely with UK Diving Medical Committee (UKDMC) and as a snorkeller and member of BSAC you are required to complete a Snorkeller self-declaration medical fitness form, upon joining, and then annually when renewing. 

Complete your Snorkel self-declaration medical fitness form by;

  • Downloading and completing the Snorkel self-declaration medical fitness form
  • Branch Officers please note - some clubs are experiencing problems with the digital version of the medical form. Please revert to your original/own system for managing your members’ medicals until this is fixed, do not rely on the data in the Club Management System (CMS). We will contact you when there is an update.

In addition to when joining or renewing, members need to complete a medical form in the event of a medical condition arising between these times.

If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the answers on the Snorkel self-declatation medical fitness form you will need to have a medical examination, this may just mean a simple phone call with a Medical Referee. In more serious or complex cases you may need an appointment.

Who is the UKDMC?

UKDMC is a national network of medical referees with accredited diving medicine expertise who set the standards of fitness required to snorkel. They use a uniform set of medical standards which are continually reviewed as new research is published.

The UKDMC website will provide you with access to the latest information and relevant forms that are available for download, including:

What if I want a medical examination?

Medical examinations for fitness to snorkel

The current self-declaration process has become an established system with the full support of the UK Diving Medical Committee (UKDMC). 

Even if you have answered  ‘yes’ to all of the answers on the Snorkel self-declaration medical fitness form but you still feel you would like a medical examination for your own peace of mind there are two options for those that want a medical examination:

  • a medical examination from your own GP (in addition to the mandatory self-declaration process)
  • or a medical examination from a UKDMC referee - and a UKDMC ‘fitness to snorkel’ certificate can be issued.

Only a UKDMC referee can endorse a UKDMC ‘fitness to snorkel’ certificate.

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