Learning to scuba dive can be a fun way to explore a huge part of the world not seen very often by humans. However, many people still have reservations about the activity because they don’t fully understand how it could affect them. Here are the answers to some questions scuba diving medical examiners are consistently asked to make you feel more confident about the process.
FAQ About Scuba Diving
Does diving feel claustrophobic?
To some people, especially those with claustrophobia, diving can feel restrictive. However, if you want to try it out, you shouldn’t let this stop you. Instead, find a patient instructor and be open about your fears and concerns. They can help you slowly get adjusted to the feeling of being in the gear and underwater and will stop the lesson and resurface anytime you’re feeling uncomfortable.
Will my ears pop?
If you’ve ever swam to the bottom of a deep swimming pool and felt ear pain, this was the sensation of increased pressure squeezing your ears. While this could happen with diving, your instructor will teach you a technique known as equalization to prevent it.
Will I feel seasick underwater?
While you can develop motion sickness on the boat ride to your dive point, you shouldn’t worry about this feeling occurring underwater. Scuba diving medical examiners suggest talking to your instructor if you are worried about seasickness. They can help you plan for its arrival and how to recognize early symptoms.
Do I need a scuba diving medical exam?
Yes. Before scuba diving, you need to make sure that you are physically fit to handle the activity. While you will be in a relatively weightless environment, you’ll still need good health and stamina to undertake the swimming, contend with changing currents, and handle strenuous surface conditions. Also, even though you may be physically well off, it might not be the exact level of fitness necessary to take on more intense types of diving.
Whether you are a beginner or recreational diver, visit DOT Medical Examiner in College Point, NY, for your scuba diving medical exams. Dr. Randolph Rosarion is a certified Examiner of Divers, an FAA Aviation Medical Examiner, and a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services — USCIS — Civil Surgeon. To schedule a diving physical today, call this office at (718) 701-5949. You can also visit their website to see their full range of exam and drug testing services offered.