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Spanish Law and Regulatiosn on Scuba Diving in Menorca

Spanish Law concerning Scuba Diving | Dive Medical

According to the Spanish Law regulating recreational diving activities, as a certified diver wishing to dive in Spain you will have to provide:

  • Licence or Certification
  • Medical certificate stating you fit do dive (Dive Medical)
  • Divers Insurance including hyperbaric treatment
  • Dive computer or a combination of a timing device (divers watch) and dive tables.

CERTIFICATION for certified divers

As a certified diver, you will have to provide your Certification card. If you have a PADI certification, we will be able to look it up on the PADI database.

We have no access to any other certification institutions online such as BSAC, FEDAS, CMAS, SSI, ACUC, TDI etc. Digital proof of any certification is of course acceptable.

INSURANCE

Specifically including scuba diving and treatment in a hyperbaric chamber. A general travel insurance, your normal health insurance or any insurance cover that you may have on your credit card, often does NOT include scuba diving, unless specified in the small print. Please check your insurance details. If scuba diving is already included in any of your personal insurances, please print out the policy and bring it with you.

You don’t have to print out the whole document. The first page with your personal details and the policy information, plus the page where scuba diving is mentioned, will suffice. However, should you be unable to provide us with your insurance details, you can purchase your dive insurance with us the dive centre. The cost is minimal and it only takes literally few seconds to obtain. We work with Scuba Medic. If you like, check out their policy and international coverage to be able to compare with others.

  • Day: 6,00€
  • Week: 14,00€
  • Year: 35,00€

MEDICAL CERTIFICATE | Dive Medical

Diving medicals are not compulsory in the UK as divers can complete a self-declaration medical form. Emphasis on: in the UK.

In Spain, as in most European countries, a dive medical is required by law for any certified diver wishing to dive, or any person wishing to enrol in a course that leads to a certification.

Where to get Dive Medicals in the UK?

The best and quickest way to obtain your Fit to Dive Medical is to print out this form. Fill it out yourself and take it to your GP. As long as you can answer all the questions with a no, your GP should be able to endorse the form for you.  Should you have a medical history and have to answer some questions with a yes, you are better off going to see a doc anyway. Maybe a phone call to your local practice will give you more detailed information. This particular issue is not regulated in the UK and each doctor may give you different options.

The above form is only one option. Any form will do, as long as it is endorsed by a qualified doctor to do so.

How do I get my Dive Medical in Menorca?

Should you wish to have your Dive Medical done here in Menorca, we are happy to arrange a visit for you. Our local hyperbaric doctor in Mahon is an experienced diver and the head of our hyperbaric chamber. He does speak English, so communication is not a problem. The cost is 70,00€ and the examination will take approx 30 mins per person. In Spain, the certificate is valid for 2 years, unless otherwise stated on the medical certificate itself. Always keep the original and hand in a copy if need be.

Appointments are usually weekdays (Monday to Friday) anytime between 17:00 and 20:00 hrs. They are located on top of Mahon harbour, so you may follow up your check-up with a dinner, enjoying the local cuisine and gazing at some magnificent boats moored in the harbour.

Dive Computer

Further to these documents, all certified divers are required to dive with a DIVE COMPUTER or alternatively a combination of a watch and dive tables.

Should you not have your own dive-computer, you can rent one at the dive centre – 5,00€/Dive or 10,00€/Day.

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