New Distinctive Specialty Course Covers Diving Medical Issues

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The Diver Medic has announced the launch of a new EFR approved Distinctive Specialty training course – the Diving Emergency Medical Responder certification

Founded in 2012 by Chantelle Taylor-Newman, a former Emergency Medical Technician and now area manager of DAN (Divers Alert Network) Europe for the UK and Ireland, The Diver Medic has received a number of awards for the promotion of continued training to improve scuba diving safety. While the standard EFR (Emergency First Responder) and other first aid training programmes have proven invaluable aids to scuba diver health and safety, they are nevertheless basic training programs, with few options available for continuing medical education.

According to a statement on The Diver Medic website: 'The purpose of the EFR approved Diving Emergency Medical Responder (DEMR) Specialty Course is to provide the knowledge and skills that are necessary for an emergency to help reduce pain, sustain life and minimise the consequences of an injury or sudden illness. The course is to teach 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 is the next level up from first aid training.'

The new DEMR Spec consists of a theory component which can be taken online, and practical training course to be conducted by DEMR-trained instructors. Topics that will be covered include familiar subjects such as decompression illness, oxygen toxicity and ear injuries, and also less well known subjects such as PFO (hole in the heart) and IPO (immersion pulmonary oedema), a condition which is not well understood, yet thought to be responsible for a number of serious diving-related incidents.

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The DEMR Specialty course will teach more advanced medical skills than first aid courses (Photos: The Diver Medic)

Prior to commencing the course, students must be certified as EFR Primary and Secondary Care providers and must hold a PADI Rescue Diver certification – or other-agency equivalents. Completing the DEMR spec is a requirement prior to becoming a DEMR instructor. 

The online component of the course costs US$150 and qualifying participants can register at

With the course only recently launched, the practical component is currently limited in availability, but with a significant amount of interest generated in the programme worldwide, instructor availability is almost certain to grow rapidly. The price of the two-day practical course is anticipated to be between $250 to $400, depending on location.

Scheduled practical training sessions are currently available at:

UK - 31 August and 1 September: Andark Diving and Watersports, Southampton. Book through
UK - 18 and 19 September, Ocean Turtle Diving, Basingstoke. Book through
UK - 28 and 29 September, Capernwray Diving Centre, Lancashire. Book through Adam Hanlon, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +44(0)777 3307233

USA - 14 and 15 September, Dutch Springs, Pennsylvania. Book through Sandy Shaw, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +1 (917) 299-4308
USA - 11 and 12 November, Pre-DEMA, Orlando, Florida - TBC - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Sandy Shaw, +1 (917) 299-4308

As a distinctive speciality programme, the course is approved by EFR but owned and distributed through The Diver Medic. Certified EFR instructors who wish to become a DEMR instructor should contact The Diver Medic directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information on the DEMR Specialty Course and to keep track of practical course location and availability, visit The Diver Medic and follow TheDiverMedic's Facebook page.



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