EUBS-ECHM Position Statement on Diving Activities

As the COVID-19 pandemic impacts not only the general healthcare system but also ambulance and first aid providers, there is a general agreement that risk-taking activities and sports should take this situation into account.

EUBS (European Undersea and Baromedical Society) and ECHM (European Committee for Hyperbaric Medicine) issued an official Position Statement on the advisability of (recreational and professional) diving activities and the performance of Diving Medical Examinations in this current time period.

Position Statement on diving activities

PLEASE NOTEEUBS | ECHM recommendations imply that "all recreational diving activities, either solo or in buddy pairs, should be suspended for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic" (point #1). Does it mean that diving activities cannot be carried out until the WHO officially declares the end of the pandemic?

Not necessarily. It seems reasonable to deduce that reference here is not made to an official statement by WHO (which could be issued long after strict social limitations imposed by national governments will be lifted). EUBS | ECHM are rather urging the community to abide to rules and recommendations issued by local authorities concerning recreational activities.

The DAN Europe & DAN Southern Africa Medical teams suggests to all divers to not expose themselves to unnecessary risk in this particular time. This includes limiting diving activities as long as appropriate treatment facilities are not fully available, should DCI or other life-threatening conditions occur.

We will keep on monitoring the situation closely, and will continue to timely inform our diving community on further developments.
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