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Marine And Coast Guard Physicals

Arundel Medical Group, Inc.

Primary Care Practice & Chiropractor located in Glen Burnie, MD

If you’re applying to sail as a merchant marine, you must pass a physical exam mandated by the United States Coast Guard. The experienced physicians at Arundel Medical Group, Inc. perform merchant marine physicals that comply with all United States Coast Guard requirements. To learn more about merchant marine exams or to schedule an appointment, call the office in Glen Burnie, Maryland today, or request an appointment online.

Marine and Coast Guard Physicals Q & A

What is a United States Coast Guard marine physical?

The United States Coast Guard requires that all merchant mariners to pass a physical examination to determine if they can safely perform all routine and emergency seafaring duties to ensure their safety and the safety of others aboard their vessel. Once your official medical certificate has been issued, you must carry it with you whenever you sail as a merchant mariner.

To obtain your medical certificate, you must fill out the application form provided by the US Coast Guard, and bring it with you to your physical exam. Medical certificates are valid for a period determined by the specifications of the authority under which you sail, so read your document carefully to determine when your medical certificate expires.

What is required to pass the US Coast Guard merchant mariner physical?

To complete your medical certificate, you must demonstrate that you’re physically able to fulfill the requirements of basic training, pass a hearing and vision test, and a color vision assessment. Your examining physician must determine that any medical conditions you may have will not interfere with your ability to perform the routine and emergency duties of a seafarer.

Your doctor must also determine if you have a medical condition that could worsen due to your seafarer’s duties, causing you to become unable to perform your duties or endanger the health and safety of yourself and others on board. Medications that cause side effects that impair your balance, judgment, or otherwise interfere with your seafarer’s duties may prevent you from passing your physical.

What happens during a merchant mariner physical exam?

Your merchant mariner physical exam is similar to an annual physical. Your experienced provider will review your application and discuss your medical history with you in detail. They also ask questions that help them assess your balance, agility, and mental health.

Next, your physician performs a comprehensive physical examination to assess your overall health. This includes an evaluation of the following:

  • Heart rate and pulse
  • Blood pressure
  • Ears, nose, and throat
  • Reflexes
  • Muscle tone
  • Digestive system
  • Cardiovascular system

Your physician also uses specialized equipment to check your hearing and vision and your ability to see in color.

For more information or to schedule a US Coast Guard merchant marine physical, call Arundel Medical Group, Inc. today, or request an appointment online.