Diving suitability test for sport and leisure divers
The Diving Fitness Assessment (TTU) considers the various requirements and hazards of diving to minimize health risks.
The physical basis for this is the behaviour of various gases under pressure with the possible consequence of blistering in tissues and blood vessels. Also the pressure injury of air-filled organs like middle ear, paranasal sinuses and lungs represents a risk. This is one of the main focuses of the examination, in addition to the assessment of the cardiovascular system and other physical and mental performance.
This results in the following scope of the examination:
- Anamnesis (medical history)
- physical examination
- pulmonary function
- If necessary, ergometry (stress ECG) for risk factors and from the 40th year of age onwards.
In addition, advice is given on medication for diving and low-bubble diving.
From a medical point of view, the examination intervals are a maximum of 3 years, and 1 year from the age of 40. Shorter intervals are also planned for children and adolescents.
These requirements correspond to the guidelines of the Gesellschaft für Tauch- und Überdruckmedizin GTUEM (www.gtuem.org). The Society also provides a list of diving physicians with appropriately qualified and certified diving physicians.
The costs for the examination are charged privately and amount to 116.54 € (without ergometry) or 136.54 € (with ergometry). The accounting takes place according to the GOÄ (Gebührenordnung für Ärzte).