A dive instructor is the first person to assess the general health and medical fitness of a prospective diver before he or she enters the water. Whether the diver is a recreational scuba diver, commercial, military or research diver, the same evaluation of physical fitness will apply.
Internationally recognized authors, surgeons and researchers Bennett, Cronje and Campbell collaborated on this new book, Assessment of Diving Medical Fitness for Scuba Divers and Instructors, to provide instructors and divers a clear and concise reference addressing the principles behind the necessary medical considerations and related decisions on diving fitness. It will help instructors and active divers determine when the input from a diving physician is mandatory and how to sensibly screen prospective divers for medical problems.
Assessment of Diving: Medical Fitness for Scuba Divers and Instructors is also an excellent reference for first-time divers and experienced divers who may have medical questions related to their personal health and fitness. It is designed to provide advice in relatively simple non-medical language.
In the final analysis, it is the personal responsibility of each diver to make a decision whether or not to dive, and Bennett, Cronje and Campbell compiled this laymen's guide for just that purpose.
(Hardcover, 241 pages)
PROFESSIONAL PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
"This book has a wealth of information useful to the casual and hardcore recreational scuba diver, as well as the diver education professional. This valuable resource can help all divers make informed decisions critical to their safety." --Dan Orr, CEO Divers Alert Network
"Doctors Bennett, Cronje and Campbell have provided a useful and readable source of reference for medical information related to scuba diving. This book will be of value to individuals who have medical questions relating to their health and compatibility with scuba diving. My compliments to the authors for producing a useful work." --Dr. Drew Richardson, PADI COO
"Finally, a clear concise guide to evaluating a person's fitness to dive. Every dive leader, diver, and prospective diver should own and read this book." --Frank J. Toal, Jr., MAED President CMAS Americas
"These authors are well-respected authorities in diving medicine and they have to be congratulated on putting together a comprehensive reference book of medical fitness, in a language that non-medical people will understand. This 241 page hardback book is a must read for every instructor and should have a place in every dive operator's reference library."--South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society Journal
TABLE OF CONTENTS
THE ROLE OF THE INSTRUCTOR IN EVALUATING DIVING FITNESS
- Pressure and the Body
- Gases and Decompression
- Risk of Incapacitation and loss of Consciousness
- Dynamic Diving Fitness-Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
- Psychological Aspects of Diving
DIVING FITNESS: THE DIVERS RESPONSIBILITIES
- Health Maintenance
- Diving Nuisances
COMMON AND IMPORTANT MEDICAL CONDITIONS AND DISORDERS WITH AN IMPACT ON DIVING
- Head, Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat
- Musculo-skeletal Conditions
- Neurological, Psychological and Psychiatric