Opwall diving standards are particularly conservative due to the nature of our expeditions, how remote most of our sites are, and the type of participants that undertake our projects.
Additionally, over the last number of years we’ve had a number of instances where individuals that were not fit to dive were signed off by their own doctors/GPs due to a misunderstanding of how diving can be impacted by various common medical conditions. In order to try and reduce the risk of this happening, we consulted with a number of hyperbaric and diving specialists to help us identify those at a higher level of risk, or suffering from conditions that are frequently deemed incorrectly “safe” by non-diving doctors.
This is the logic the portal system uses to determine who needs to see a dive medic. As an organisation we are not able to make a clinical decision to override the medical advice that has been passed to us, so we cannot make exceptions.