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Learn how to be prepared and act confidently with the knowledge and skills necessary to deal with any diving based medical emergency, by undertaking our premier Diver Medic Technician Course accredited by IMCA.


The course is designed to cover all the subjects necessary for IMCA accreditation but also bearing in mind the need to empower students with the background knowledge, confidence and skills to act in pressurised situations. Subject areas covered include:



Fractures, sprains and muscle trauma



Electric shock

Asphyxia, pulmonary oedema

Respiratory arrest

Cardiac arrest




The musculo-skeletal system

The nervous system

The heart, blood vessels, circulation and blood

The lungs

The ears, sinuses and vestibular organs

Personal hygiene in the management of injuries

The systematic method of examining injured or ill patients including divers

Methods for monitoring vital signs such as pulse, respiratory rate,

temperature, blood pressure

Methods of caring for a casualty on site and during transportation

The administration of oxygen:

Decompression illness including pulmonary barotrauma and gas

Setting up intravenous infusions

Parenteral administration of drugs





Ear problems – infections, barotrauma, routine hygiene in saturation environments

Injuries to skin and eyes

Near drowning, secondary drowning, vomiting under water

Carbon dioxide retention and poisoning

Carbon monoxide poisoning

Other breathing gas contaminants, e.g. hydrocarbons

Oxygen toxicity

Anoxia and hypoxia

Nitrogen narcosis

Underwater blast injury

High pressure nervous syndrome (HPNS)

Diving accidents

Thermal stress – the effect of cold on divers’ performance,

Dental problems – recognition and first aid

Dangerous marine animals – treatment of common injuries

The first-aid equipment available at the site of a diving operation

The management of medical emergencies within a diving bell

Communications with EMS

Use and hazards of the drugs and intravenous fluids

Theoretical teaching of bladder catheterisation

Theoretical teaching and practice where available of Insertion of pleural drain for pneumothorax

Airway maintenance (laryngeal mask)

The course is run by Code Blue Education, in accordance with the specifications laid out by IMCA (The International Marine Contractors Association).

The IMCA Diver Medic Technician Course

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