Emergency Contacts & Medical Fitness

Emergency Contact Information

The emergency contact information maintained by each member in their membership profile may be shared with first responders and emergency services and others deemed necessary when there are legitimate concerns for a member’s welfare .

Medical Declaration of Fitness

On joining the club each member (except for those in the SOCIAL category) need to declare if they can or cannot self-certify as medically fit to participate in the sport associated with their membership type.

At each renewal or when their fitness status changes or when converting to another membership category, Each member must restate their medical declaration by updating their profile on the membership portal.

Unable to self certify as medically fit

Members that are unable to self certify need to seek medical advice to review if their medical condition allows them to participate in their chosen sport activity, be that swimming, snorkel diving, under-water hockey or SCUBA diving. They must provide the club with the outcome of their medical review showing they were assessed by a suitably qualified medical referee and be medically certified as able to continue to participate in their chosen sport activity. Further if the review makes any restrictions on how they can participate, these must be discussed with the membership and incorporated into a personal risk assessment.

Swimmer Category Members

Swimming is a great form of all-round exercise. It’s ideal if you want to be more active and stay healthy, whatever your age or ability. Regular swimming can reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. It can also boost your mood and keep your weight under control.

There is anecdotal evidence that cold water swimming helps to improve symptoms of depression, anxiety, arthritis, migraines, MS and migraines.

However if you have been diagnosed with a medical condition or experience symptoms of cardiovascular disease including hypertension or are immunocompromised or experience seizures you need to consult with your GP and they will say if you can self certify as medically fit to swim.

If you cannot self certify discuss the matter in confidence with the club’s membership secretary and usually it is sufficient to provide a medical report that describes the circumstances you are fit to swim.

Self-Certify If you can declare
“I have no health issues that may impede or pose a risk to me whilst swimming including when the water temperature is cold and if I have any doubts or health issues I will consult my GP or another suitable medical referee to confirm my health issues allow me self certify as medically fit to swim in an outdoor pool including when the water temperature is cold and there is no lifeguard on duty”.
Underwater Hockey Category Members

Underwater Hockey members need to be members of the British Octopush Association and in addition to the declaration they make on the SASAC membership portal must make a medical declaration directly to them.

Self-CertifyIf you can declare
“I am medically fit to play under water hockey within the medical requirements defined by the British Octopush Association

If you cannot self certify discuss the matter in confidence with the club’s membership secretary and usually it is sufficient to provide a medical report that describes the circumstances you are fit to play underwater hockey and for welfare reasons and with your permission this information may be shared with club instructors and officers.

Snorkel Diver Category Members

Members who snorkel dive independently of playing under water hockey need to be members of the British Sub-Aqua Club and in addition to the declaration they make on the SASAC membership portal must make a medical declaration directly to them.

Self-Certify
if you can declare
“I am medically fit to snorkel dive within the medical requirements defined by the BSAC British Sub-Aqua Club for snorkel members

If you cannot self certify discuss the matter in confidence with the club’s membership secretary and usually it is sufficient to provide a medical report that describes the circumstances you are fit to snorkel.

SCUBA Diver Category Members

Members who SCUBA dive need to be members of the British Sub-Aqua Club and in addition to the declaration they make on the SASAC membership portal must make a medical declaration directly to them.

Self-Certifyif you can declare
“I am medically fit to SCUBA dive within the medical requirements defined by the BSAC British Sub-Aqua Club for diving members

If you cannot self certify discuss the matter in confidence with the club’s membership secretary and usually it is sufficient to provide a medical report that describes the circumstances you are fit to dive.

Social Category Members, Pool Guests and others

Medical declarations are not required if you are not swimming, snorkelling or playing underwater hockey. The registered partners and children of members who are pool guests need to declare on the same basis as a Swimmer Member.