SCUBA DIVING & COVID-19
For more than 2 years now, we have all been living in a much-changed world, though fortunately, due to a global effort through lockdowns and vaccination programs, we are slowly regaining our freedom; including the ability to travel overseas.
Throughout the pandemic, tour operators in the Port Douglas, like ourselves, have been conscious of ensuring that we provide as safe a possible environment for visitors to feel confident that certain measures are being taken to help protect the public against the spread of Covid-19. Up until now, this has included controls such as reduced vessel capacities; increased cleaning routines; social distancing, and contact tracing.
While we are still not out of the woods, the world is now opening up, and we are seeing the return of international visitors to our region, as well as increased overall numbers of tourists.
Through all of this, we thank you for your understanding and patience as we navigate this difficult period, and we look forward to diving with you here in Port Douglas.
Martin Connolly & Louise Gill
Owners & Operators
Scuba IQ - Port Douglas
DIVING AND COVID - DIVERS PLEASE READ
Medical fitness for scuba diving is probably the most important consideration, regardless of experience or skill level. There are a number of medical conditions and factors which are well understood, especially with regards to the possible risks when scuba diving.
For this reason, dive centers like ourselves use industry-standard medical questionnaires so that each person's state of health can be properly determined prior to undertaking any type of scuba diving trip or course.
COVID-19 has now been with us for a while, though relatively little is known about the possible effects on someone being able to scuba dive safely after they have had the disease. For anyone who has contracted COVID-19 or believes they may have had an unconfirmed case, please seek expert medical advice prior to diving.
Since the beginning of the outbreak, we have been following various sources who specialise in dive-related medicine but in particular the 'Diver's Alert Network', an organization that has been at the forefront of dive medicine for almost 40 years.
Over the years they have been an invaluable resource for up-to-date information, and they have now created a COVID-19 specific resource hub on their website:
Like all of you, we too are looking forward to the 'post-covid' world, though as borders open, and travel returns, for now, it's important that we navigate our way towards that future, mindful of any potential health impacts.
We believe strongly in diver safety and would encourage all divers to carefully review the dive medical questionnaire found HERE, and should there be any "YES" responses on the form; it's been some time since you had an examination, or you would simply like some peace of mind, please don't hesitate to arrange a visit to your physician for a thorough consultation.
Safe diving everyone and Lou and I look forward to meeting you soon!