Diver Medic Technician Training Course

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 prepare students for 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. 

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: October 24-28, 2022 (NBDHMT board certification exam will take place on October 28)

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: Register for the course.

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

  • Course Schedule

    TIME

    MON

    TUE

    WED

    THUR

    FRI

    0800

    Introduction to DMT

    Decompression Sickness

    (Continued)

    Recompression Chamber Operations

    Airway Management

    (Practical Lab)

     

    Diving Casualty

    Scenarios Lab

     

     

        0900

    Diving Physics

     

    Casualty Assessment / Neuro Exams

     Airway Management

    Intubation & Suction

    (Double Lumen)

     

     IV Fluid Therapy

     (Practical Lab)

     

     

    1000

     

     

      IV Fluid Therapy

    Urinary Catheterization

    IM & Sub Q Injection

    (Practical Lab)

     

     

    1030

    Hypothermia

     

     

    Neurological Exam Practical Lab

     

     

     

    1100

     

     

    Phlebotomy

     

    Phlebotomy

    (Practical Lab)

     

    1130

    Abnormal Gas Levels

     

    USN Treatment Tables

     

     

     

     

    1200

     

    LUNCH BREAK

     

    LUNCH BREAK

     

    LUNCH BREAK

     

    LUNCH BREAK

     

    LUNCH BREAK

    1230

     

    LUNCH BREAK

     

    LUNCH BREAK

     

    LUNCH BREAK

     

    LUNCH BREAK

     

    LUNCH BREAK

    1300

    Abnormal Gas Levels

    (Continued)

    USN Treatment Tables

    (Continued)

    Basic Pharmacology 

    Drug Administration  

    Chest Decompression & Nasogastric Tube

    (Practical Lab)

        

     

    1330

    Oxygen Toxicity

     

     

     

     

     

    1400

     

    Saturation Treatment and Emergency Gasses

    IM and Sub Q Injections

    Recompression  Chamber Operator (Practical Lab)

     

     

    1430

    Barotrauma & Vertigo

     

     

     

     

     

    1500

     

    Differential Diagnosis

     

    Urinary Catheterization

     

     

        

     

    1530

     

     

     

     

     

    1600

    Pulmonary Barotrauma

    Marine Animal Injuries

     

    Chest Decompression

     

     

        1700

    Decompression Sickness

     

     

    Nasogastric Tube Insertion

     

     

     

         1800

     

    Quiz # 1

    Quiz # 2

    Quiz # 3

    Review for NBDHMT Exam