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Courses in Diving Medicine

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DMAC has established an approval system for courses in diving medicine.

Background

Legal regulations and industrial standards concerning training of doctors involved in examination and treatment of working divers and the medical consultants to diving contractors vary throughout the world. Many professional divers work in different nations as a part of their employment and, even though the guidance on medical standards for fitness to dive is reasonably well established internationally, the training of doctors to conduct those examinations and to provide competent support for diving emergencies is patchy. Accreditation or approval of courses in diving medicine would probably best be achieved if multi-national agencies (such as bodies within WHO, ILO or EU) or well-reputed academic institutions with international connections would accept such a responsibility. However, in spite of agreement for many years on the need for approval, little or nothing has happened.

In 2004 the European Diving Technology Committee (EDTC) produced its guidance on the "Medical Assessment of Working Divers", available from IMCA (the International Marine Contractors Association).

Previously, a joint committee of the European Committee for Hyperbaric Medicine (ECHM) and EDTC developed "Training Standards for Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine". At present, this remains the best recognised international standard for such training. However, no organisation has accepted responsibility for administering an approval procedure for these basic courses. Until another recognised body takes on this responsibility, DMAC has accepted the obligation to assess selected courses in diving medicine together with a representative of the EDTC Medical Subcommittee; this alliance is to be referred to as 'DMAC/EDTCmed'.

Two levels of approval are available:

  • Level 1 - Medical assessment of divers (Medical Examiner of Divers)
  • Level 2D - Medical management of diving accidents and illnesses (Diving Medical Physician)

It is emphasised that DMAC/EDTCmed will approve only the courses and not the competence of those who have attended them.

Applying for Approval

Those interested in gaining DMAC recognition for their course should download the recognition document (see below). This sets out all of the requirements and procedures. A Word version for electronic completion is available to course administrators on request. Any further questions should be addressed to the Secretary.

Approved Courses

The following courses are currently approved by DMAC/EDTCmed:

Course Organiser Contact Details Level Approval Expiry
DDRC Professional Services Ltd
United Kingdom
The Hyperbaric Medical Centre
Research Way
Plymouth Science Park
Derriford
Plymouth
PL6 8BU
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1752 209 999
Fax: +44 (0) 1752 209 115
E-mail: christine.penny@ddrc.org
1 and 2D 30 Dec 2017
Hyperbaric Medical Center
Egypt/
Austrian Society for Underwater and Hyperbaric Medicine (ASUHM)
Austria
A-1190 Vienna
Krottenbachstr. 267
Austria
Tel: +43 676 309 24 80
E-mail:
info@sportmed-preiml.com
Level 1 1 Jan 2017
iN2Deep Medical Consulting
Australia
GPO Box 463
Hobart
Tasmania 7001
Australia
Tel: +61 3 6244 1422
E-mail: dsmart@iinet.net.au
Level 2D 8 Apr 2019
Institute of Naval Medicine
United Kingdom
Crescent Road
Alverstoke
Hampshire
PO12 2DL
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 23 9276 8091
Fax: +44 (0) 23 9252 7046
E-mail: ahernl@inm.mod.uk
Level 1 1 Jun 2017
Mensura EDPB/Mensura SEPP
Belgium
Zaterdagplein 1/Place du Samedi 1
1000 Brussel/1000 Bruxelle
Belgium
Tel: GSM +32 478 22 34 04
E-mail: roland.vandeneede@mensura.be
Web: www.mensura.be
Level 1 13 Jun 2017
Norwegian Armed Forces
Norway
Joint Medical Submarine and Diving Medicine Office
Boks 5
Haakonsvern K-21
N-5886 Bergen
Norway
Tel: +47 55 50 21 60
Fax: +47 55 50 37 92
E-mail: jrisberg@mil.no
Level 1 1 Sep 2018
Republic of Singapore Navy Medical Service/Singapore General Hospital Hyperbaric and Diving Medicine Centre
Singapore
Singapore General Hospital Postgraduate Medical Institute
Block 6, Level 1
Outram Road
Singapore 169608
E-mail:
pgmi.courses@sgh.com.sg
Level 1 1 Aug 2017
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Italy
Piazza dei Martiri delle Libertà N° 33
56127 Pisa
Italy
Tel: +39 050 883111
Fax: +39 050 883225
Web: www.sssup.it
1 and 2D 31 Mar 2018
Stellenbosch University
South Africa
The Baromedicine and Occupational Medicine Facility
Division of Community Health
Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
Faculty of Health Sciences
Stellenbosch University
PO Box 19063
7505 Tygerberg
South Africa
Tel: +27 21 938 9272
Fax: +27 21 938 9166
E-mail: wajm@sun.ac.za
Web: www.divingmedicine.co.za
1 and 2D 23 Sep 2019
taucherarzt.at Zentrum für HBO-Therapie GmbH
Austria
Seeböckgasse 17/2
1160 Wien
Austria
Tel: +43 699 1844 2390
E-mail: taucherarzt.at@gmx.at
Web: www.taucherarzt.at
Level 1 30 Jun 2017
Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society
United States of America
631 US Highway 1, Suite 307
North Palm Beach, FL 33408
United States of America
Tel: +1 919 490 5140
Fax: +1 919 490 5149
E-mail: jpeters@uhms.org
Level 1
Level 2D
9 Jul 2018
31 Mar 2017

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