Obese scuba divers: Can you really dive, if you are obese?

This is the question that is most frequently being asked by visitors of this website, who are overweight. If you are a responsible recreational scuba diver, you will address this question not to a divemaster, or your dive buddy, or another scuba diver with their own practical experience of diving regardless of suffering from the obesity, but to a doctor specializing in scuba diving medicine .

Here is the answer that seems particularly pertinent. A BMI (body mass index) of more than 30 should definitely be regarded as strong contraindication to scuba diving. Severe obesity, especially in conjunction with smoking, inevitably results in lack of adequate fitness needed for safe scuba diving.

To calculate your BMI (body mass index), just multiply your weight in pounds and divide that by the square of your height in inches.

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