- Fitness to dive – Discusses physical fitness and medical conditions that can keep divers out of the water and explains basic ear-clearing techniques.
- Safety planning – Addresses processes and procedures to make your dives safer and actions that can be used in dealing with the aftermath of a dive accident including handling of the diver’s equipment for an investigation and taking care of the rescuers’ emotional needs.
- Basic examinations – Introduces the use of a stethoscope in determining the presence (or absence) of breathing sounds.
Dive Medicine for Divers Level 2 topics:
- Decompression Illness and Barotrauma – Reviews decompression theory and provides an overview of decompression illness including a short discussion of neurological symptoms. Presents an introduction to dive accident management and what happens during a hyperbaric chamber treatment. Explains the various potential barotraumas to which a diver can be exposed and their identifying symptoms. Participants will examine several dive accident cases and how they were treated. A final discussion will address important elements of accident and injury reporting.
- Equipment related issues – Teaches essentials of cleaning, sanitizing and maintaining equipment with emphasis on accident prevention.
- Allergic reactions and taking blood pressure – Participants learn proper use of an EpiPen® and how to take a blood pressure.
Dive Medicine for Divers Level 3 topics:
- Gas toxicities and partial pressure – Covers nitrogen narcosis, hypercapnia and oxygen toxicity and examines gas laws and the physiological impacts the human body experiences under pressure.
- Drowning – A discussion of the cascade of events that can lead to a diver’s death and preventative measures.
- Providing care and the Good Samaritan Law – Understand the obligation and/or consequence of providing care. Emphasizes the appropriate role of the rescuer.
- Ear barotrauma – Introduces the Teeds Scale and includes photos depicting various ear injuries. Covers basic ear anatomy and visualization with an otoscope.