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Experts at the FIU Medina Aquarius Program use the unique assets of the program to teach a board-certified Diving Medical Technician course designed to allow students to pass the NBDHMT board certification exam. 

Students enrolled in this 48-hour NBDHMT-approved Diving Medical Technician course engage in didactic and practical training that addresses recognition, stabilization and treatment of decompression and other diving-related injuries. This course prepares students to pass the NBDHMT board certification exam. 

Specific course topics include: 

  • Diving physiology
  • Recognition of marine life hazards
  • Clinical assessment of diving injuries such as barotrauma and decompression sickness 
  • Neurological examinations 
  • Hyperbaric chamber operations  

Students drill using an on-site 72" multi-place chamber and gain an understanding of operation of a vessel-based Transportable Recompression Chamber System (TRCS). Upon successful completion of the course, students may apply to NBDHMT for certification as a Diver Medic.

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Course Fee: $1,300 ($800 if you are taking it for recertification)

Prerequisites: Current EMT certification (certified military, commercial or recreational diver certification preferred) and Fitness to Work in a Pressurized Setting form signed by a physician.

Enrollment Cap: 8 students (additional sections may be scheduled with sufficient demand).

Content Delivery: In-class instruction and hands-on experiential skills development at the Aquarius Reef Base facility in Islamorada, Florida.

Course Dates: 25 Oct - 30 Oct 2021 (NBDHMT board certification exam will take place on October 30th)

Who Should Enroll: Anyone who is interested in learning about how to treat diving-related emergencies in a professional setting. To receive certification through the NBDHMT board you must be certified as an Emergency Medical Technician.

Enroll: Please register for the course here.

For any questions, please contact Mr. Roger Garcia at 305-664-2916 x207 or via email at garcirog@fiu.edu.