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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. 

This 48-hour NBDHMT-approved program provides focused 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 will 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.

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

  • Tuition

    NBDHMT DMT Initial Certification Course: $1,300.00

    Note: If the participant is signing up for recertification: $800.00

    Cost includes book and test materials. Housing and meals are not provided, but a group rate has been negotiated at a local hotel. Numerous restaurants are located within a seven-mile radius of the facility.

  • Course Instructor

    Mr. Roger Garcia is a retired US Navy Diving Medical Technician and Hospital Corpsman. He has trained military and special operations personnel during his 20 years of military service and is currently the Operations Director for FIU's Aquarius Reef Base, the world’s only undersea saturation research station, and the Diving Safety Officer for the university.