Four scuba programs are currently offered at the Florida Sea Base: Scuba Adventure, Scuba Certification, Scuba Liveaboard and the Divemaster Academy.  This article will include the first three programs.  The Divemaster Academy is only offered in the winter and will be discussed in future blogs.  Click on READ MORE.

For all programs, one of the most important parts of the preparation is getting the paperwork submitted to the Sea Base on time.  Failure to do so can lead to hurt feelings, disqualified participants and disappointment.  The following forms are required for the specified program:

Scuba Adventure (Winter and Spring seasons)

  1. FSB Health and Medical Record
  2. PADI / RSTC Medical Form
  3. PADI Adventures in Diving Program and Correlating Specialty Diver Programs Liability Release and Assumption of Risk Agreement
  4. PADI Standard Safe Diving Practices Statement of Understanding

Scuba Adventure (Summer season)

  1. FSB Health and Medical Record
  2. PADI Certified Diver Experience Programs Liability Release and Assumption of Risk Agreement
  3. PADI Standard Safe Diving Practices Statement of Understanding

Scuba Certification (All seasons)

  1. FSB Health and Medical Record
  2. PADI / RSTC Medical Form
  3. PADI Liability Release and Assumption of Risk Agreement
  4. PADI Standard Safe Diving Practices Statement of Understanding

Scuba Liveaboard (All seasons)

  1. FSB Health and Medical Record
  2. PADI / RSTC Medical Form
  3. PADI Adventures in Diving Program and Correlating Specialty Diver Programs Liability Release and Assumption of Risk Agreement
  4. PADI Standard Safe Diving Practices Statement of Understanding

All forms must be signed by the participant, even if they are a youth.  The participant’s parent must also sign all forms if the participant is less than 18 years old on the date the forms are signed.  In addition, the FSB Health and Medical Record and the PADI / RSTC Medical must both be signed by a doctor – even if all of the health history questions are answered “no”.

Medical issues are a recurring issue.  Please refer to the Medical page of this website for detailed information.  The National Office of the BSA changed the policies for 2010.  The three major health issues are asthma (including RAD), seizure disorders and diabetes.  BSA standards are more conservative than those of some dive certification agencies.  Just because someone has been cleared by a scuba instructor or doctor, been certified by a scuba agency, or has dived without incident in the past does not automatically clear them to participate in the scuba programs within the BSA.  The safety of our membership is our number one concern.  We cannot violate BSA or FSB safety standards.

One Response to “Preparing for Scuba Adventure, Scuba Certification and Scuba Liveaboard”

  1. milly says:

    i don’t understand the inconsistency. i’m gonna have to re-read the stuff you sent after being at nat’l. you will have to teach us a mini seminar on the changes.

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