Scuba diving

Think about your health. Check first, dive later

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.

Wellpoint kiosk overview

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!

Simon Harris, 36-year-old scuba diver

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.

How to find a Kiosk

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.

  1. Machine 1 - Bolton Area Divers, Lancashire

    Dates - 24th October until 4th December 2017


    Address: Bolton Area Divers, Unit 10a Brownlow Business Park, Tennyson Street, Bolton, Lancashire, BL1 3DX


    Tel number: 01204 394441

  2. Machine 2 – Christal Seas Scuba, Norwich

    Dates - 22nd October until 4th December 2017


    Address: Christal Seas Scuba, 62 Whiffler Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 2AY


    Tel number: 01603 485000

  3. Machine 3 – RNLI HQ, Poole

    Dates - 23rd October until 30th November 2017


    Address: Sir William Hillary, RNLI, West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1HZ


  4. Machine 1 - RNLI Divisional Base

     Dates - 4th December until 10th January 2018


    Address: To Be Confirmed


  5. Machine 2 – Wraysbury Dive Centre

    Dates - 4th December until 8th January 2018


    Address: Wraysbury Dive Centre, Station Road, Wraysbury, TW19 5ND


    Tel number: 01784 488007

  6. Machine 3 – National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC), Chepstow

    Dates -  4th December until 10th January 2018


    Address: NDAC, Tidenham, Chepstow, Gloucestershire, NP16 7LH


    Tel number: 01291 630 046

*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

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