Water Sports

Water sports such as windsurfing, sailing, scuba diving and canoeing are becoming increasingly popular especially in holiday resorts around the world.  Sailing and windsurfing need not be a problem provided there is someone at hand to manage a seizure if necessary. Scuba diving is not recommended for people with epilepsy, even if their seizures are controlled by anti-epileptic medication. 

The medical committee of the British Sub-Aqua club (BSAC) has produced a fact sheet outlining the issues and risks.

BSAC Epilepsy leaflet

As stated by the Institute of Sport and Recreation Management (ISRM), there are also particular risks associated with the use of kayaks by people with epilepsy. The wearing of a buoyancy aid could keep them pressed up under the kayak or floating on one side. There is less risk associated with the use of open canoes.

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