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Courses in Diving Medicine

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


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
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1752 209 999
Fax: +44 (0) 1752 209 115
1 and 2D 1 Jun 2023
Hyperbaric Medical Center
Austrian Society for Underwater and Hyperbaric Medicine (ASUHM)
A-1190 Vienna
Krottenbachstr. 267
Tel: +43 676 309 24 80
Level 1 31 Dec 2020
Institute of Naval Medicine
United Kingdom
Crescent Road
PO12 2DL
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 23 9276 8091
Level 1 1 May 2021
Italian Underwater and Hyperbaric Medical Society (SIMSI)
Tel: +39 335 369120
Level 1 1 Jan 2021
Norwegian Armed Forces
Joint Medical Submarine and Diving Medicine Office
Boks 5
Haakonsvern K-21
N-5886 Bergen
Tel: +47 55 50 21 60
Fax: +47 55 50 37 92
Level 1 1 Jan 2021
Republic of Singapore Navy Medical Service/Singapore General Hospital Hyperbaric and Diving Medicine Centre
Singapore General Hospital Postgraduate Medical Institute
Block 6, Level 1
Outram Road
Singapore 169608
E-mail: Level 1 16 Oct 2022
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Piazza dei Martiri delle Libertà N° 33
56127 Pisa
Tel: +39 050 883111
Fax: +39 050 883225
1 and 2D 10 Mar 2022
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
1 and 2D 1 May 2021
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
1 and 2D 1 May 2021
VUB (Free University Brussels)
BLITS - Brussels Labo voor Inspanning en TopSPort
Onderzoeksgroep Menselijke Fysiologie & Sportgeneeskunde
Vakgroep KIMA - Faculteit Lichamelijke opvoeding en Kine
Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 (0)2 6292222
Email :
Level 1 1 May 2021