Scuba diving as a leisure activity is accessible to people through many stages of their lifetime.
New Zealand Underwater always offers the same advice when contacted by divers looking to return to the water after a long hiatus —
- Be honest about your abilities and limits
- Have a diving specific health check with a doctor and continue those checks on a regular basis. Heart attacks kill more divers than any other cause
- Consider an official training provider supplied diving refresher course. Scuba diving practices and equipment have changed in 20 years and a refresher will get you up speed and make you a safer diver
A list of diving doctors can be found at: https://worksafe.govt.nz/topic-and-industry/occupational-diving/designated-diving-doctors/