Course Description

As a Recreational, Technical, CCR diver, have you ever wanted to have that bit more confidence in your abilities to recognise and treat diving illnesses and injuries?

The DAN Recreational Diver Medical Technician course run by DAN Europe will teach you to be prepared, confident, and armed with the knowledge to take control and deal with virtually any diving based medical emergency. The course consists of theory and practical sessions covering a vast array of subject areas.

The DAN Recreational Diver Medical Technician Course for any divers who are involved in sports diving, Scientific, Military, Police, Fire and Public Safety Diving and divers working remotely. This course provides you with the skills necessary to deal with diving emergencies.  The DAN Recreational Diver Medic course will teach you how to save lives' and assist in treating diving-related injuries. It will show you how to work under pressure and when to make that all-important, life-saving decision.

Subjects Covered:
Role and Responsibility of a Diver Medic, Incident Assessment, Patient Assessment, Human Anatomy, Methods for monitoring vital sign, Methods of caring for a casualty on-site and during transportation, Airway Assessment and Management with adjuncts, Oxygen Administration, CPR and AED, Breathing Difficulties, Anaphylaxis, Diabetes, Head Injuries, Seizures, Heart Conditions, Vital Signs, Management of minor and catastrophic bleeding, Poisoning
Burns and scalds, Environmental Exposures, Drowning, Muscular-skeletal trauma, Ear problems – infections, barotrauma, routine hygiene in saturation environments
Injuries to skin and eyes, Carbon dioxide retention and poisoning Carbon monoxide poisoning, Other breathing gas contaminants, e.g. hydrocarbons
Oxygen toxicity, Anoxia and hypoxia, Nitrogen narcosis, Dangerous marine animals – treatment of common injuries
Decompression illness including pulmonary barotrauma and gas, Dental problems – recognition and first aid, Diving accidents
High-pressure nervous syndrome (HPNS), Methods of caring for a casualty on-site and during transportation
The ears, sinuses and vestibular organs, The medical equipment available at the site of a diving operation, In-Water Recompression, Women's Health, Medication and Diving, Lung injuries, catheterisation,
Thermal stress – the effect of cold on divers' performance, Use and hazards of the drugs and intravenous fluids, Setting up intravenous infusions,
Parenteral administration of drugs, Suturing and much more.

The theory of the DAN Recreational Diver Medic course will be Blended learning which is an online training, at the end of which, you will be able to register for the practical section of the course that will take five days for the Practical and invasive procedures. On completion of your practical course, you will receive a DAN Recreational Diver Medical Technician Certification. The certification is valid for two years, at which point a three-day refresher will need to be undertaken. This course is strictly a non-commercial diver course and is not an IMCA DMT Course.

To undertake this course, you should be involved in the diving industry as a diver or surface support and have previous training in CPR or First Aid or Equivalent.
Ask us if you are not sure.


Must be over the age of 18 and be in good health
Have at least the recreational diver standard or equivalent
Should at least hold an EFR/ BLS/First Aid Certification.

DAN Europe – DAN Recreational Diver Medical Technician – valid for two years

Course Director and Instructor

Chantelle Newman, AEA , BSc, EMT-A, DMT,Cert Ed

Chantelle Newman -  Born in Africa 1972, joined South African EMS at age of 19 under Civil Defence then later took on a full time position working on the road as first line response and worked in a very busy control room, Trauma specialist, attended several mass shootings, and bombings in South Africa. Relocated in London in 1998.  Became a medical instructor teaching Emergency Medical Technician, First Response, Health and Safety and First Response Emergency care. 2010 started the Facebook group called The Diver Medic which has become very popular with Diving Medicine and Dive safety posts.  In 2011 qualified as a PADI Divemaster and then a Diver Medic. Later in the year designed a Diver Medical Technician course for DAN Europe and became an IMCA DMT accredited Training facility in London.  Got asked to set up several IMCA DMT Training facilities around the world.  In 2016 got inducted into the Woman Divers Hall of Fame and in August the same year was featured under Heroes of Diving in the Scuba Diving Magazine in the USA.

Course curriculum

  • 1


  • 2

    Module 1

    • Role of the DMT

    • Personal Hygiene and Infection Control

  • 3

    Module 2

    • Scene Safety

    • Primary and Secondary Survey

    • Opening an airway - Clinical skills - video

    • Assessing Basic Vital Signs

    • Taking a good patient history - Video

    • Clinical Skills Pulses assessment

    • Clinical Skills Respiratory rate assessment

    • Clinical Skills Body Temperature Assessment - Video

    • Clinical Skills Obtaining blood pressure assessment

    • Clinical Skills Pulse oximetry - Video

    • Basic Life Support

    • Basic Life Support - ERC Guidelines 2021

    • European-Resuscitation-Council-Guidelines-2021-Basic Life Support

    • AED

    • Optimizing outcomes after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest with innovative approaches to public-access defibrillation-

    • Electrocardiography (ECG EKG) - basics Video

    • Heart attack at Bondi Beach - 2006 (2005 Resus guidelines)

    • Sudden Cardiac Arrest and rescue - Filmed in the UK by BBC

    • European-Resuscitation-Council-Guidelines-2021-Advanced Life Support

    • Advanced Life Support - ERC Guidelines 2021

    • Epidemiology - ERC Guidelines 2021

    • Oxygen Administration

    • Module 2 Knowledge Review

  • 4

    Module 3

    • The Respiratory System Video

    • Respiratory System

    • Lung sounds - Video

    • Respiratory Problems

    • Actual Live Anaphylactic Attack & Use Of EPI Pen - video

    • Asthma Video

    • Asthma

    • Emphysema (COPD) video

    • Chronic Bronchitis Video

    • Circulatory System Video

    • Normal heart sounds - video

    • Cardiovascular System and Heart Conditions

    • Heart Attack Video

    • Lung Injuries

    • Pneumothorax explained - Video

    • ARS® For Needle Decompression - Video

    • Module 3 Knowledge Review

  • 5

    Module 4

    • Bleeding and wounds

    • CAT Tourniquet one handed arm application - Video

    • Celox Rapid training - Video

    • Celox Z-Fold Hemostatic Gauze - Video

    • SAM XT - Video

    • Arteries and Veins video

    • Shock

    • What is Shock? video

    • Obstructive Shock Video

    • Burns and Electric shock

    • Burns Video

    • Lightning Strike Injury - Video

    • Burns Treatment with Celox SILVA PRO video

    • Musculo- Skeletal System and Injuries

    • Part 1 Fitness Issues for Divers With Musculoskeletal Problems

    • Part 2 Fitness Issues for Divers With Musculoskeletal Problems

    • Immobilization

    • Anaphylactic shock video

    • Cardiogenic shock video

    • CAT Tourniquet self aid lower extremity application - Video

    • Module 4 Knowledge Review

  • 6

    Module 5

    • Nervous System

    • Structure of the nervous system video

    • Functions of the nervous system video

    • Neurogenic shock

    • Stroke, Head Injures and Seizures

    • Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) video

    • Stroke Video

    • Epilepsy and Diving

    • Epilepsy video

    • Module 5 Knowledge Review

  • 7

    Module 6

    • Abdominal Emergencies

    • Diabetes

    • Diabetes and Recreational Diving Guidelines UHMS

    • Blood Glucose Response in Insulin

    • Module 6 Knowledge Review

    • Quiz 2

  • 8

    Module 7

    • Environmental Emergencies

    • Motion Sickness

    • Tropical and Travel Illnesses

    • Dealing with Dengue

    • DAN Discusses Malaria and Antimalarial Drugs

    • Marine Life Injuries

    • Moray Injury - Video

    • Marine Life Trauma

    • I've Been Stung- What Should I Do? UPDATED 2004

    • Spines

    • Necrotizing Fasciitis

    • Quiz 3

    • Pre Hospital Drowning Conference - 7 Videos

  • 9

    Module 8

    • Diving Physics

    • Boyles Law - Video

    • Charles Law - Video

    • Henry's Law - Video

    • ENT and Barotrauma

    • How does the ear work? - video

    • Hearing loss - video

    • Otoscope Use - Video

    • Barotrauma - Video

    • High-Pressure Ophthalmology

    • Can You Prevent Otitis Externa

    • Ears and Sinuses Barotrauma for the Dive Professional - Video

    • Gas Poisoning and Contaminants

    • OXTOX- If You Dive Nitrox You Should Know About OXTOX

    • CNS Oxygen Toxicity - Richard Vann PhD - Video

    • Carbon Monoxide The Silent Killer - Podcast

    • The effects of Hypoxia at High Altitude - video

    • Psychological Issues in Diving

    • Psychological Issues in Diving II

    • Psychological Issues in Diving III

    • DCI/DCS

    • Patent Foramen Ovale part 1

    • Patent Foramen Ovale part 2

    • Neurological Assessment

    • Keeping It Clean - EARS

    • Quiz 4

  • 10

    Remote Diving

    • In-Water Recompression (IWR)

    • Pre-hospital management of DCI

    • DHMJ- In water Recompression

    • Remote Management of DCS Video

  • 11

    Woman and Diving

    • OB & Diving

    • The Risks of Pregnancy and Diving

    • DAN Explores Fitness and Diving Issues for Women

  • 12

    Medication and Diving

    • Clinical Pharmacology

    • Pseudoephedrine

    • Cardiovascular Medications and Diving

    • DAN Takes a Look at Over the counter Medications

    • Medications for Depression and Fitness to Dive

  • 13

    Video Library

    • Blood pressure - Video

    • ASSESSING SUITABILITY FOR DIVING for Medical Professionals - Video

    • Children and Diving - Video

    • Dive Accident Management - Video

    • Dive Accident Response First Response for the Injured Diver - Video

    • Diver Fatalities How Good Divers Get into Bad Trouble (Dan Orr, M.S.) - Video

    • Diving and Hyperbaric Physiology - what have we learned - Video

    • Diver Recovers Despite Delayed Treatment - Video

    • Evidence-Based Decompression - Video

    • Fitness to Dive - Video

    • Alcohol and Diving - Video

    • Blood Thinners & Diving - Video

    • Breathing Nitrogen Uptake - Video

    • Children and Nitrox Diving - Video

    • Extreme Exercise and Diving - Video

    • Gas Toxicities - Video

    • Medical Evaluation to Dive - Video

    • Medications and Diving - Video

    • Practicing Your Emergency Plan - Video

    • Migraine & Diving - Video

    • The Bends - Diagnosis & Treatment - Video

    • Toothache and Diving - Video

    • Vertigo and Diving - Video

    • Sinus Surgery - Video

    • Safety Planning - Video

    • Children and Diving with Dr David Charash - Webinar

  • 14

    Reference documents

    • Diving Medicine in Clinical Practice

    • Ethical Issues in Prehospital emergency Medicine

    • Harrison's Manual 16th Ed

    • Nasopharyngeal airway paper

    • physiological-responses-to-high-pressure-during-immersion

    • Anxiety

    • Cardiovascular Fitness and Diving

    • Cardiovascular Fitness and Diving

    • CNS Considerations in Scuba Diving

    • Common Ear Injuries While Diving

    • Decompression Illness

    • Diving & The Body System

    • Gastrointestinal Issues

    • Guidelines for Recreational Diving with Diabetes

    • Headaches and Diving

    • In-Water Recompression

    • Juggling Physical Exercise and Diving

    • Review of a DAN Study of Plasma Glucose Responses in Recreational Divers