Having a current, up to date PADI Medical Form is a requirement for all in-water training for PADI courses even if you are a healthy individual and/or already a certified scuba diver. The facility through which you are completing your training must retain a copy of this form.
What does this mean?
“Current” in this instance means within the last 12 months. If you did a course two years ago, that Medical Form is no longer valid and you will have to submit another. “Up-to-date” means inclusive of any changes in your health, so if you have a Medical Form from 8 months ago, but have had changes in your health, you will need to fill out a new form. “In-water training” includes pool/confined water training sessions as well as ocean dives.
Answering with an honest “No”, your good to go
If you are fortunate enough to be able to answer an honest “No” to each and every question on the PADI Medical Form than all your instructors and dive store need is this form itself, signed and dated.
Forms completed for students whom are still minors (under the age of 18) must be signed and dated by a parent or guardian as well as the participant.