The aim of the WEM Dive Medicine course is to train physicians in recognising, evaluating and treating diving medical emergencies. Course educational methodology will include lectures, case presentations, printed support materials, practical exercises with teaching and training from dive medicine experts at Aquarius Reef Base (ARB), NASA NEEMO and the Department of Defense. At the conclusion of the course, participants will have a working knowledge to evaluate and manage diving medicine injuries in an operational environment.
In addition to lectures on the physiology and medicine of diving, the course will include practical “hands-on” experience operating and working recompression chambers, and the use of commercial and military diving equipment to include an introduction to scientific, hard hat and saturation diving. The attendees will complete the course as competent diving medical officers and nationally accredited diving medical technicians (DMT).
As highlights of the WEM/ARB dive medicine course, participants will also be introduced to the hard hat diving helmet and get the opportunity to dive it. As part of the course, in addition to multiple dives at the Aquarius Reef Base and Undersea Habitat, attendees will also spend a night living underwater in the Aquarius Undersea Habitat learning about saturation diving, vital life support mechanisms and experience the once in a lifetime opportunity of staying underwater in the world’s only undersea habitat and laboratory.