This advice (issued on 19 July 2021) provides a further update, taking account of the easing of restrictions.
Arrangements for initial and annual medical assessments
All divers must have a full medical in accordance with the requirements of MA1.
Additionally, under the Diving at Work Regulations 1997:
- divers must not dive in a diving project if they know of anything, including any illness or medical condition, which makes them unfit to dive; and
- under certain circumstances following illness or injury, divers must be re-examined by an approved medical examiner of divers (AMED) to assess their fitness to return to work.
Specific guidance in relation to COVID-19 infection is provided below.
When you can return to diving after COVID-19 infection
|COVID-19 status||Minimum recovery time (with no symptoms) before diving can resume||Return to work assessment by an AMED required|
|Previously asymptomatic and tested positive for coronavirus||1 month||No|
|Previously had mild symptoms that improved within a week with complete recovery. Back to your usual levels of fitness||1 month||No|
|Previously had moderate symptoms. Back to your usual levels of fitness||2 months||Yes|
|Previously had severe symptoms requiring hospitalisation. Back to your usual levels of fitness||3 months||Yes|
Contacting us if you have questions
If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]
We review and update this page regularly to reflect changes in guidance.
Page last reviewed: 31 August 2021
Next review due: 30 September 2021