Here at the RNLI we're working with DDRC Healthcare to raise awareness of cardiac health and help divers understand just what an impact health and fitness levels can have on their diving.
Cardiac health can affect divers of any age, but our research shows that the group most at risk is experienced male divers aged 45 and up.
What’s the problem?
Fifty divers died around the UK coast between 2011 and 2015* and 72% of those divers were aged 45 or over. Evidence suggests that a large number of dive fatalities are likely to have been caused by a medical incident not related to diving, such as a heart attack.**
What’s the RNLI doing about it?
We are taking mobile health kiosks, called Wellpoint machines, to dive shops and centres all around the UK and Ireland. While we’re on the road, we are also gathering research for DDRC Healthcare to help them get a better understanding of the general health of our diving community.
Simon Harris, 36-year-old scuba diver
While attending the last dive show I jumped on the WellPoint machine. I was not in the shape I thought! To say I was shocked was an understatement – my heart age was through the roof, my blood pressure was high and I was overweight. The advice I received really hit home and with a few easy lifestyle changes made, I have lost weight. Diving is not just about looking after your buddy you also need to look after number one!
What the WellPoint kiosk does
The health kiosk is a great way for you to get a quick and easy indication of your general health within 10 minutes. The WellPoint kiosk measures:
- weight and BMI
- body fat percentage
- blood pressure
- heart rate
- cardiovascular disease (CVD) Risk***
- heart age
If you are pregnant or fitted with a pacemaker you can still use some aspects of the kiosk but please pay attention to the warnings displayed on-screen. Important: the kiosk is not a substitute for medical advice.
What should I do next?
The kiosk guides you through a short Q&A about lifestyle and then gives you a personalised and confidential health statement.
Your anonymous results will assist DDRC Healthcare to get a better understanding of the general health of the diving community. Neither the kiosk nor the RNLI store any personal data.
You should speak with your GP or other qualified health professional if you have any concerns or questions regarding the measurements and advice provided by the kiosk. Find out more about what the kiosk measures.
During 2016 and 2017 WellPoint health kiosks will be situated in a selected number of dive shops and dive centres around the UK and Ireland as well as at selected dive shows.
Below is a calendar of where the kiosks will be. Check back for dates and locations in 2017. All dates listed are subject the change.
Machine 1 - The Diving Centre
Dates - 26th July until 21st August 2017
Address: The Diving Centre, Cleadon Lane Ind. Est., Bolden, South Tyneside, NE36 0AH
Tel number: 01915 372 722
Machine 2 – National Diving & Aquatics Centre (NDAC)
Dates - 3rd August until 23rd August 2017
Address: NDAC, Tidenham, Chepstow, Gloucestershire, NP16 7LH
Tel number: 01291 630 046
Machine 3 – Stoney Cove
Dates - 12th June until 19th October 2017
Address: Stoney Cove, Sapcote Road, Stoney Stanton, Leicester, LE9 4DW
Tel number: 01455 273 089
Machine 1 - Blue Lagoon Dive Centre
Dates - 21st August until 18th September 2017
Address: The Blue Lagoon, Northfield Lane, Womersley, DN6 9BB
Tel number: 01977 621 516
Machine 2 – Oxford Dive Centre
Dates - 23rd August until 18th September 2017
Address: Oxford Dive Centre, 302a Abingdon Road, Oxford, OX1 4TE
Tel number: 01865 242 994
Machine 3 - Dive Show 2017, NEC, Birmingham
Dates - 20th October until 22nd October 2017
Address: Dive Show 2017, National Exhibition Centre, Halls, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT
Tel number: 01217 804 141
*WAID 2011-15 coastal dataset
**The 2014–15 BSAC Diving Incident Report shows up to 5 of the 9 fatalities recorded were likely from a medical incident not related to diving, such as a heart attack
***Cardiovascular Disease risk assessment and Heart Age are validated indicators of your risk of heart problems within the next 10 years