What fitness level should you be before you scuba dive?

Getting fit for your scuba dive

Before you go on a scuba dive trip, you check all your equipment — BCD, regulator, mask, computer, etc! But have you ever thought about checking the most important piece of equipment — your body? Diving can be strenuous on your body, and if you’re not physically fit for scuba diving, you might be in trouble. Here’s a few things to know about being in shape for scuba diving:

The big ones

There are a few things that a big no-no’s for diving. If you are pregnant (or might be pregnant) scuba diving is off the list until you are no longer pregnant.

If you are taking prescription medication OTHER than birth control or anti-malarial medication, you should check with your doctor before diving.

If you have a pre-existing condition (such as high cholesterol, a family history of heart attack or stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, lung disease, asthma, epilepsy, etc.), you should consult your doctor before diving.

To see the full list of medical conditions, see the PADI medical statement form here.

“No” to the big ones?

OK, so you aren’t pregnant or have any of the pre-existing conditions listed on the PADI medical statement form (LINK: ). Great! However, you’re not in the clear yet. Scuba diving can be physically taxing, and you should still be physically fit before you start PADI certification classes.

Ways to get fit

Are you worried about being physically fit enough to scuba dive? Or maybe you just want to stay in shape for your next scuba trip. We’ve compiled a list of a few things you can do to make sure your body is ready to dive!

  • Walk — walking (especially at a brisk pace) is a great way to get your heart and lungs ready for being underwater
  • Be hydrated
  • Avoid excessive alcohol — don’t over-imbibe the day before or day of your dive, and ensure you’re not drinking alcohol to excess on the regular (which is bad for mental function and physical abilities)
  • Flex your feet — when else are your toes pointed for an hour like they are when you’re in flippers? Unless you’re a professional ballerina, probably never. Make sure you flex and point your toes, and stretch your calf muscles regularly to avoid cramps during dives.
  • Lift weights — carrying all that gear can get heavy, and it’s important you’re able to handle your own gear. Lifting weights or doing other strength training outside the water will benefit you when you’re ready to dive!

How do you prep your body for a scuba dive trip? Let us know!