You can approach any other doctor in your area for a private sports medical. That other doctor may wish to contact your own GP to ensure there is no medical problem preventing them signing your form. Read the first paragraph of BPA Form 115B for details of how to find a doctor who is likely to be willing to do this sort of medical. Alternatively, ask your nearest flying club about who does their pilots’ medicals.
Your own GP/specialist probably knows more about you than any other doctor. If your own doctor feels you are not fit to jump, it is very unlikely that any other doctor will certify you as fit. Without your doctor’s certificate, you should not jump. This is for your protection. If your doctor wishes to discuss this with the Association’s Medical Adviser, your doctor can telephone BPA HQ for contact details. The Association’s Medical Adviser will not try to alter your doctor’s decision in any particular direction but will simply provide advice.
You will need to take advice from your own GP or specialist, using Form 115B. Please also download BPA Form 252 ‘Asthma & Skydiving’ (enter ‘252’ or ‘asthma’ in the Forms Search Box in the header of this page). Ensure your doctor has sight of both documents before you see your doctor.
Do not jump unless you are happy to do so and to accept the risks that are always attached to a parachute jump. If you wish to discuss further, please contact the BPA Medical Adviser. BPA HQ can provide contact details for the BPA Medical Adviser.
Any additional information or riders on the form will invalidate it. A Parachute Training Organisation or parachute instructors are not expected to interpret medical information (even when the handwriting is legible!). If the student is unable to obtain a 115B free of additional statements, they should not jump.
A medical certificate gives you permission to take the student if you feel happy to do so, but does not oblige you to take them. Never take anyone on a tandem jump unless you feel they are up to it and it is within your own skill set to keep them safe. BPA HQ can provide contact details for the Association’s Medical Adviser if you need further advice.
There are some doctors who do not possess a rubber stamp but who are still qualified to give a medical assessment. The purpose of the stamp is to allow clear and legible identification of, and contact details for, the signing doctor. Provided hand written details meet this criterion, they are acceptable.
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