Dive Medicine Course

Red Sea, Egypt

Course Date

  • 18 May 2024 12:00 - 25 May 2024 15:00


Immerse yourself in the world of Dive Medicine with this one-of-a-kind, highly practical course that will prepare medics to recognise, evaluate and treat diving medical emergencies.
The week of diving will take place from the stunning M/Y CU liveaboard boat, which operates from the far north to the south of the Red Sea. The dive itinerary will be tailored to the group and can be adapted to suit the conditions at the time. The area offers a range of dive sites, from shallow reefs with rich coral growth to big drop-offs with stronger currents and big fish!

During the week, our faculty will blend a comprehensive syllabus of dive medicine alongside practical scenarios, a rich diving itinerary and plenty of time to decompress and unwind with like-minded individuals.

Gain the skills to identify, assess, and treat diving-related medical emergencies.

Key facts

For 7 nights you will live aboard the stunning M/Y CU spending your time on the Red Sea, famed as one of the seven wonders of the underwater world. The Red Sea offers divers some of the world’s most beautiful coral reefs, plentiful marine life, and a wide variety of diverse dive sites.

This unforgettable dive medicine course is run by a team with extensive experience and who will share their knowledge and skills, enabling you to go on to lead and provide medical cover on dive expeditions of your own.

You’ll cover decompression illness, dangerous marine animals, how to deal with trauma and life threatening emergencies, find out about marine envenomation before getting to grips with island survival, expedition treatment of drowning, and common medical injuries on diving expeditions in this unique environment.

You must be a:

  • PADI Open Water (or equivalent) with a minimum of 10 dives
  • Medical or Allied Health Professional
  • Student in your last two years of study

Start date: 18 May 2024, 1400 onwards
End dates: 25 May 2024, 1200
Location: Marsa Alam, Eygypt

What’s included:

  • Tutoring, liveaboard accommodation, meals, soft drinks
  • Gas, tanks, weights
  • 12 dives during the course

What’s not:

  • Travel costs
  • Mask, BCD, regulator etc. Please check kit list, hire options available.
  • Personal equipment
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Tips for Crew and Guides min €70 per person
  • Diving insurance

Course content

  • Decompression illness part 1
  • Dangerous marine animals (reinforcing safe diving practices)
  • Risk Assessment (plus O2 and med kit on boat)
  • Fitness to dive, pre-existing conditions
  • Decompression illness part 2
  • Volunteer marine expeditions
  • Barotrauma/CAGE/Nitrogen narcosis
  • Marine envenomation
  • Specialist diving
  • Common medical injuries on diving expeditions
  • In water and chamber recompression therapy
  • Full face masks
  • First Aid kits
  • Sea food toxidromes
  • Expedition treatment of drowning, hypothermia
  • Neuro exams

What you need to know

You’ll fly into Hurghada International Airport or Marsa Alam International Airport to meet the group transfer. From there you will head straight to your liveaboard in Marsa Alam where you’ll meet our hugely experienced Dive Medicine team.

All your food, soft drinks and water will be provided for you on the liveaboard. Alcoholic drinks are available at an additional cost.

There is a limited number of single occupancy rooms available, these rooms are equipped with a double bed which can accommodate a partner (subject to further costs). All other rooms are allocated on a twin share basis. Sheets and towels (one for showering, one for diving/sunbathing) are provided.

Diving travel insurance is absolutely essential and therefore, for your safety and security, we reserve the right to refuse access to an expedition until we have details of adequate insurance cover provided to us.

You’ll need to pack extensively for your trip, including a first aid kit and a number of other specific items – so check out the full kit list.

Essential items:

  • Log book and dive certification (you will not be allowed to dive without these)
  • Mask and snorkel *
  • Fins *
  • 3mm wetsuit, long or shortie (adjust to personal preference, water temp ~22-26oC) *
  • Dive computer
  • Underwater slate
  • Personal Marker Buoy
  • BCD – lightweight *
  • Regulator – complete with SPG * 
  • 1 refillable water/drinks bottle 

*available to hire locally

Clothing should include:

  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Long trousers or sarong
  • Shorts, lightweight
  • Several t-shirts
  • Broad rimmed hat
  • Underwear, sleepwear
  • 1 pair of sandals or flip flops
  • 2 pairs of swimming trunks/ swimming costumes/bikini


  • Prescription glasses or contact lenses with spares and cleaning agents
  • Soap/shampoo/shower gel
  • Shaving items
  • Small flannel
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Lip balm (SPF protection recommended)
  • Prescription medicines + spares
  • Suntan lotion (high factor)
  • Insect repellent


  • Camera with case, (film), batteries, battery charger
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Sunglasses
  • Head torch
  • Dry bags

About us

World Extreme Medicine trains, supports and informs medics looking to expand their skills and tackle new challenges.

A chance conversation about the impossibility of finding good expedition medics resulted in our Founding Director, Mark Hannaford creating the very first, bespoke Expedition Medicine course in the UK – over 20 years ago. Since then, we’ve spent the last two decades providing on-demand education, on-location training, international conferences, and expedition support for people outside normal medical environments.

Our network of around a quarter of a million experts, practitioners and instructors is here for you – inspiring, informing and connecting you with like-minded people and new opportunities.

Whether you’re a doctor, nurse, dentist, vet, paramedic, medical student or allied health professional, you can join us and discover new frontiers of your practice both at home or in the field.

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