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Medicals no longer required in Queensland

Dive industry welcomes new legislation relaxing the requirements for medical certificates for new divers
ABC News (abc.net.au)  |  Dive industry welcomes easing of rules in Qld    |   06-30-2013
Better head counts and fewer medical checks will make diving in Queensland safer and cheaper, the state government says
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People are aging and we're typically seeing males over 40 being experienced divers who are having issues. Heart failure is the number one cause, and the medical regime we have in place would not impact that anyway

—Col McKenzie, Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators

Henceforth medical certificates will only be required for first-time learner divers if they are over the age of 45, overweight or have certain medical conditions.

Dive Queensland vice-president Ian McKinnon says the cost of the medicals, ranging in price from $100 to maybe AUS $180, had deterred would-be divers in the past.

Under the new rules stricter head count procedures have been put in place to avoid any more accidents where divers are being left behind at sea. Under the new headcount system, two crew members, instead of just one, will be required to carry out counts and check them against the list of passengers.

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