Offshore Medic Diving Awareness

Major Diving operators worldwide require the Offshore Medic to have prior knowledge of diving medicine when working on a remote dive site.

This course has been developed to ensure that the Offshore Medic has been given the relevant knowledge and
skills to deal with an emergency.

This 5-day course has been approved by the Institute of Remote Healthcare who are affiliated with the Royal College of Surgeons – Edinburgh.


Start Date End Date Location Min students Cost
On request On request Aberdeen 4 On request


This course can be scheduled on demand anywhere in the world, please contact us to discuss your requirements. 

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Course Objectives

To give the offshore medic an understanding of:
– The diving industry
– Pressure related injuries associated with diving
– Assessment and treatment of pressure related injuries in conjunction with a diving doctor
– Competency in the use of a telemedicine system e.g. Dan Medical’s HyperSAT System
– Competency in safe patient handling in a confined space e.g. saturation chambers
– The importance of teamwork e.g. medic, dive supervisor, diver medic, diving doctor

Entry Requirement

Pre-entry requirement for the Offshore Medics Diving Awareness course. To enroll you must have at least 3 years of experience as
one of the following:
– a valid HSE Offshore Medic Certificate
– a registered general or enrolled nurse with name on the NMC register
– a military medic army CMT, Navy MA, Air Force MA
– a state reg paramedic
– an operating department practitioner (fully qualified)


On successful completion of the course delegates are given an IRHC TRaC approved certificate.

Course Duration

5 Days.

The National Hyperbaric Centre Offshore Medic Diving Awareness course combines intensive practical modules inside our unique Saturation System with detailed theoretical modules to offer high quality intensive training in diving procedures and diving  medicine provided by experienced medics, Life Support Supervisors and diving doctors. The course makes use of modern training aids corresponding to the DMAC 015 medical kits to offer realistic practical training to delegates.

Topics include:

– Principles and History of Diving
– Diving Physiology
– Diving Legislation and Safety
– Basic Anatomy and Physiology
– Diving Related Illnesses: Barotrauma, DCI, Decompression Illness
– Control and Management of Dive Related Injury/Illness
– Invasive Medical Procedures in Saturation Diving
– Patient Handling
– Care of Medical Equipment/Record Keeping
– Accident Investigations
– Telemedicine
– Tropical Diseases and Dangerous Marine Animals