Course Description

The Diver Medic Approved Diving Emergency Medical Responder course. (DEMR)


Welcome to the most comprehensive Diving accident, illness, and emergency medicine course to date!
We are proud to bring you a course that instills confidence and understanding of a subject your Instructor may not have had the knowledge and skills to teach you unless they were
DEMR trained themselves.


The Diver Medic is excited to announce the new Programme called Diving Emergency Medical Responder (DEMR) Course. This course aims to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for an emergency to help reduce pain, sustain life, and minimize the consequences of an injury or sudden illness. The course teaches students to be prepared, confident, and armed with the knowledge to take control and deal with virtually any non-diving and Diving based medical or traumatic emergency. This course is the most comprehensive course available at present. This course sits between First Aid and EMT level, so perfect for all learning levels. We are almost sure that you will learn something new and apply what you have learned to your medical assessments and treatment. So, who is the course aimed at, Dive Leaders, Surface support, Professional Divers, Divemaster, Scientific divers, Fire and Rescue teams, Police rescue teams, Recreational divers, Rescue teams, Lifeguards, Coast Guard, Liveaboards, Dive Centres, Dive Resorts and whoever wants to broaden their medical knowledge?
Great news! This course is taught by medically trained personnel.
Student Pre-Requisites are the following:
By the start of the course, a student must be: 18 years.
Certified in basic first aid and BLS.
Must have proof of current CPR and first aid training.


The course will consist of two sections, the first section will be online theory, and the second section will be a minimum of two days practical.
The online section should take approximately 20 hours to complete and be a combination of slides, voice-overs, videos, quizzes, and pdf files. The following DEMR Course Directors can conduct a Full Five-day course in the event the online theory is not achievable.
USA, Canada, South America, and Caribbean Islands – Edward Benjamin UK/Europe/Rest of World – Chantelle Newman
Certification is valid for two years, after which a two-day refresher will need to take place. The practical section is a minimum of two days (16 hours) and will cost anything from $250.00 to $400.00 (depending on exchange rate and country) to complete, and this is paid directly to your DEMR Instructor.


Brief Outline of the course
Wellness and Safety of the Diving Emergency Medical Responder Human Anatomy and Pathophysiology, Communication and Documentation
Airway Management, Medical History, and Vital Signs
Patient Assessment, Cardiac Emergencies
Respiratory Emergencies, Common Medical Emergencies
Environment Emergencies and Drowning
Soft Tissue Injuries, Bleeding, and Shock
Muscle and Bone Injuries, Head and Spine Injuries
Chest and Abdominal Emergencies, Children and Diving
Operations and Hazardous Response, Multiple-Casualty incidents and Triage
Diving Injuries, Barotrauma Injuries
Travel Illness, Freediving injuries, Diving Physics
Gas Poisoning, Anoxia, Hypoxia, Oxygen Toxicity, Carbon Monoxide, HPNS, Narcosis Decompression
Illness, PFO, AGE, and CAGE
Ear Injuries and treatment and use of Otoscope
Immersion Pulmonary Edema IPE/IPO Diving Emergencies
You will have 365 days of access to your online theory; please contact admin to extend your subscription.
There is a section for group discussions in the online area, so please respect each other and this course's contents.
Any comments, complaints, and suggestions are welcome in an email, and please do not discuss them in the group discussion.
To obtain The Diver Medic Approved Diving Emergency Medical Responder (DEMR) certification, all the course elements have to be taken. Both for the Online and Practical sections, regardless of any advanced qualifications you may hold.

Please contact us for any further information - info@thedivermedic.com


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

    Introduction to the TDM Approved Diving Emergency Medical Responder course

  • 2

    The Diving Emergency Medical Responder

    • Dictionary of Medical Terms

    • Anatomy and Physiology ebook

    • Flow through the Heart Video

    • Function of the Nervous System Video

    • The Diving Emergency Medical Responder

    • Introduction to the EMS Service

    • Wellness and Safety

    • Legal and ethical principles

  • 3

    Module 2

    • Moving and Handling Patients

    • Documentation

    • Communication

  • 4

    Module 3

    • Airway Management

    • Airway Adjuncts

    • Oxygen Administration

    • Oxygen Delivery Devices

  • 5

    Module 4

    • Medical History

    • Patient assessment

    • Patient assessment list

    • Vital Signs

    • Assessing Lung sounds

    • Pulse oximetry paper

    • Oxygen Saturation and Blood Glucose

    • Secondary assessment

    • Chris Solomons Sudden Cardiac Arrest Rescue - BBC Helicopter Heroes

    • Adult Basic Life Support

    • Adult Basic Life Support possible Changes for 2021

    • Agonal Gasps - Bondi Beach Rescue "2013"

    • AHA BLS Update 2017

    • AED

    • ECC Guidlines for AED 2000

    • First Aid Guidelines proposed for 2021 by ERC

    • Quiz 1

  • 6

    Module 5

    • Cardiac Emergencies

    • Heart Attack Lesson

    • Diving and cardiovascular risks

    • Cardiovascular fitness and diving

    • Respiratory Emergencies

    • Asthma Lesson

  • 7

    Module 6

    • Common Medical Emergencies Part 1

    • Epilepsy Lesson

    • Epilepsy and diving article

    • Stroke Lesson

    • Common Medical Emergencies Part 2

    • Diabetes Lesson

    • Diabetes Summary Guidelines for diving

    • Diving-with-Diabetes

    • Diving with Diabetes guidelines and latest research

    • Diving under the influence

    • Common Medical Emergencies Part 3

    • Anaphylactic shock Lesson

    • Actual Live Anaphylactic Attack & Use Of EPI Pen

    • Marijuana and fitness to dive, the experts opinion

  • 8

    Module 7

    • Environment Emergencies

    • Drowning

    • Treatment for Drowning Video- Warning Sensitive Topic

    • Travel and Tropical Illness

    • Marine Life Injuries and Food Poisoning

    • Portuguese man-of-war alarm in the mediterranean-sea

    • Moray Eel injury - Graphic

    • Hypothermia and Diving

    • The Malaria Threat

  • 9

    Module 8

    • Soft Tissue Injuries and Bleeding

    • Celox Rapid Video

    • How_to_Use-Celox_Rapid-FDA

    • An Alternative Hemostatic Dressing: Comparison of CELOX, HemCon, and QuikClot - Paper

    • How_to_Use-Celox_Granules

    • Case Study Field experience with a chitosan-based haemostatic dressing

    • CAT Tourniquet Arm application Video

    • CAT Tourniquet lower extremity application Video

    • SAM XTPartner-Aid Lower Extremity SAM Medical

    • SAM XT High & Tight Application SAM Medical

    • SAM XT Self-Aid Upper Extremity SAM Medical

    • Burns

    • Silvapro solution for burns

    • How-to-Use-Silvapro

    • Lightning strike Video

    • Shock

    • How to Treat Shock video

    • Quiz 2

  • 10

    Module 9

    • Muscle and Bone Injuries

    • Head and Spine Injuries

    • Hydrocephalus shunts and scuba diving can this be safe?

    • What To Do If Someone Has A Spinal Cord Injury

    • GCS-Assessment-Aid

    • Effects of diving on the brain part-1

    • Effects of diving on the brain part-2

    • How To Treat A Fracture

    • Chest and Abdominal Emergencies

    • Gastric reflux in diving is it an emerging issue

    • Pneumothorax and its consequences Diving

    • SAM® Chest Seal Training With Valve SAM Medical

    • SAM® Chest Seal Training Non-Valved SAM Medical

    • What To Do If Someone Has A Spinal Cord Injury

  • 11

    Module 10

    • Good Samaritan Law for Children

    • Children and Diving video by Dr. David Charash

  • 12

    Module 11

    • OPERATIONS AND OPERATIONS AND HAZARDOUS RESPONSE AND TRIAGE

  • 13

    Module 12

    • Freediving Injuries

    • Prevalence and genetic predisposition to acute respiratory symptoms in breath hold divers

    • Taravana Case Report

    • Scuba and free diving on the same day our guidelines

    • Lung squeeze coughing your lungs out or not

    • Genetic Predisposition to breath-hold diving induced pulmonary edema

    • Quiz 3

  • 14

    Module 13 - Physics

    • Physics

    • The P Phenomenon

    • Physiological Responses to high pressure during immersion

  • 15

    Module 14

    • How Does the Ear Work Video

    • ENT Barotrauma Part A

    • Hearing Loss Due To Forgotten Foreign Body

    • ENT Barotrauma Part B

    • Sudden hearing loss after a trimix dive

    • Common ear injuries while diving

    • Eustachian tube dysfunction the treatment with balloon tuboplasty

    • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction in diving

    • Lung sounds - Breath sounds Types Video

    • Scuba diving and dental implants

  • 16

    Module 15

    • Gas Poisoning and Contaminants

    • Preventing Breathing Gas Contamination

    • Air Nitrox and fatigue

    • Hypoxia Cellular injury Video

    • The Effects of Hypoxia at High Altitude Video

    • Decompression Illness Part A

    • Decompression Illness Part B

    • Flying after diving finally the facts not just theory

    • Latests findings on DCI and dive physiology part 1

    • Latests findings on DCI and dive physiology part-2

    • PFO and Scuba diving

    • PFO and Diving

    • Probability and severity of DCS paper

    • Treatment Tables

    • Immersion pulmonary Edema

    • On Site Neuro Assessment

    • Neurological DCI

    • Neurological assessment in Chamber video IMCA

    • Medical Examinations for scuba diving

    • Perception of reality and hydration in divers

    • Women and diving health considerations

    • Medications and fitness to dive

    • Medications for depression and fitness-to-dive

    • Viagra curse or blessing for a diver

    • Quiz 4

  • 17

    Module 16

    • How to Initiate a Diving Emergency plan (globaly)

    • Divers Alert Network Emergency procedures Internationally

    • EAP safety guideline example

  • 18

    Keeping safe during Covid19

    • Cleaning and Disinfection for Households

    • What You Need To Know About Handwashing

    • Coronavirus What heart and stroke patients need to know

    • COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 19) March Update- causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, pathology