Pupils should be fit and healthy. Some of the activities can be strenuous and require a degree of stamina and skill. If you are not fit then you increase the risk to yourself and others. Regular running, swimming or cycling during the summer term, prior to departure, is advised.
You can check the Internet for up-to-date information on the situation in Malaysia and Singapore with regard to health.
General Medical Advice
You must visit your local doctor to check on your vaccination record.
In addition to the normal UK vaccinations you need protection against Hepatitis A, and perhaps Typhoid. Advice on the latter has varied recently, with a downgrade of the risk. There is likely to be a charge for this. If you use the Dollar Health Centre then the school will arrange vaccination for you without charge.
Malaria is not present on the islands we are visiting.
Many young people suffer from asthma at one time or another in their early years. This condition can be dangerous to divers, so if you have a history of asthma then check with your doctor before deciding to go diving. Remember, if you do not disclose significant information about your health before going on the trip you risk losing insurance cover in the event of an accident. Information on Asthma
If you have a history of ear infections or ear trouble, diving may not be for you. So take advice from your doctor. Around 10% of the pupils who come on our expeditions find that, for one reason or another, diving does not suit them. However, there is much to do while the others dive, not least snorkelling the same area, which can be just as much fun. There will always be a non-diving teacher on hand to organise sun-bathing on deck or snorkelling in the coral bays!