Diver Medic Technician
Onshore and offshore available at CDA
What does a DMT do?
A Diver medic Technician (DMT) is a compulsory member of any dive team.
DMT’s are trained in advanced first aid that focuses on hyperbaric (under pressure) related traumas . In a way you can view a DMT as a stand in paramedic on dive sites. The main duties of a DMT is that of any first responder, they are tasked with maintaining life and well being of any individual that may be injured during work operations. As Dive sites can be a long distance from the nearest hospital or emergency room (think offshore oil rigs) transportation for ill or wounded people can take hours. As such DMT’s are incredibly vital in the saving of Commercial Diver lives.
Because DMT’s are so valuable, it is not uncommon for companies to hire exclusively DMT trained individuals, on a normal work day, the life of a DMT is no different than that of a normal diver, a DMT is not hired as a DMT but instead hired as a diver, who in emergency can act as a first responder until a hyperbaric doctor is able to take over.
As mentioned earlier, there is always at least one member on a dive team who is a qualified DMT, this is because it is required by most dive standards. In Australia and New Zealand, who are governed by the ASNZ 2299.1 there needs to be at least one DMT for every 6 members of a dive team.
What we teach
CDA’s Diver medic course is tailored to ensure that you learn all the skills needed to save the lives of Commercial Divers who are injured while working on off-shore or onshore locations such as oil rigs, oceanographic sites, jetties, docks, lakes and more.
Our course will teach you the kind of medical procedures used by emergency rooms and physicians to revive patients and save lives. techniques include but are not limited to:
advanced resuscitation, cardiac techniques that open blocked airways, replacing lost body fluids like water and blood, suturing (stitching) wounds and more.
The DMT course not only ensures that you are capable in applying advanced first aid techniques in an emergency scenario, but also that you are able to undertake assessment of diver well being and operate in a calm manner.
to the right are the key units of competencies you will learn on our ADAS approved DMT course
Onshore DMT units of Competenciesn
1. Undertake assessment and emergency care during rescue and recover of diving casualty.
2. Administer oxygen in hyperbaric chambers and in general emergencies.
3. Assist as an attendant inside a hyperbaric chamber.
4. As a diver medic assist with general medical emergencies within the dive team..
5. As a diver medic prepare for potential emergencies and assist with treatment of diving illnesses
6. Assess diving casualty and assist with treatment of diving conditions.
Offshore DMT units of Competencies
1. Work Safely in hyperbaric operations
2. maintain Effective working relationships
3. Calcuate with whole numbers and familiar fractions decimals and percentages for work
4. Contribute to health and safety of self and others.
5. Undertake assessment and emergency care during resuce and recovery of diving casualty
6. Administer oxygen in hyperbaric chambers and in general emergencies
7. Assist as an attendant inside a hyperbaric cahmber
8. As a diver medic assist with general medical emergencies within the dive team
9. As a diver medic prepare for potential emergencies and assist with treatment of diving illnesses
10. Undertake extended out-of-hospital care of a diving casualty
11. Apply first aid within a chamber and bell
12. Assess diving casulaty and assist with treatment of diving conditions
13. Work safely in offshore diving operations.