Diver Medic Technician Training Programs are designed to help save the lives of commercial divers who are injured while working on off-shore locations such as oil rigs, archaeological points of interest and oceanographic sites. These sites often are located hundreds of miles from the nearest hospital or emergency room and are accessible only by boat or helicopter. If a person is injured at these sites, transportation to a hospital or emergency room could take hours; however, life-threatening injuries often require treatment within the hour. In such situations, seriously injured people often would die without the immediate medical intervention provided by diver medic technicians.
Here are a few stories written by students at the Commercial Diving Academy who have taken the Dive Medic Technician Training Programs.
We received a call about 17:00 in the afternoon that a man had fallen at a yacht club about 15 minutes away! When we arrived at the scene, we realized he had fallen in his yacht down a flight of stairs. To make things worse, the man had fallen on his transplant lung that had been rejecting since ’07! It was a task in itself to get him out of the yacht! Once we were able to get him into the ambulance, we realized he was having rapid respirations with pain in his rib cage. After that, we safely took him to the downtown hospital! I am happy I had this opportunity. Thanks CDA.
EMT/DMT at CDA opened up a lot of doors and experiences for our class of 0210. A lot of us coming into this program had no medical knowledge whatsoever. Most of the class didn’t even plan on taking this class, but what most of them found was a career they liked and could prosper at. There was a lot of class work involved, but the hands-on experience is what taught us a lot and made the class a lot more exciting, especially the ambulance ride-a-longs.
The ambulance rides ranged from head-on collisions, drug overdoses, cardiac arrests, poisonings, seizure-related injuries, and strokes. There were some very interesting situations that all of us were put in. It made us use the information from class, but also put speed on how we think and react to these types of situations, which is critical for being a EMT/DMT. This was probably the most fun we had for the fact that we got good stations with good people to help teach us the tricks of the trade.
One big part of the just the DMT portion of the class is how to use and operate chambers. Some people are now interested in the CHT program, which is offered at CDA. It ranges from how to chart and read dive charts, neurological exams and how to setup and operate chambers for diving accidents.
The EMT/DMT program really opened our eyes to a lot of new information and experiences that we can use in this field of work. We extremely recommend this class to anyone who is slightly interested in the medical aspect of diving.
After careful consideration of all the available elective courses offered at the Commercial Diving Academy I decided to choose the Dive Medical Technician Program. I felt that having this certification would help with my better understanding the intricacies of dive physiology and would also make my resume look that much sharper when compared to other graduates trying to compete in today’s job market.
From the very beginning my days were filled with classroom and practical learning opportunities. While completing the required coursework for the Academy’s DMT Advanced program, I also studied for the State of Florida’s EMT National Registry exam. While this made for a very full school day at the Academy, the commitment was well worth the effort; the rewards will be greatly realized down the road.
There is an abundance of opportunity to take part in many off-campus practical exercises offered through the Academy. I was able to attend classes at the University of Florida’s Sim Lab where I was able to put all of the classroom knowledge to the test using state-of-the-art simulation mannequins. I was able to spend time working in a hospital emergency room over the month long program and was able to gain “Real World” experience at the same time I was completing my required clinical hours.
Probably the most exciting, rewarding, and educational learning opportunity I was able to complete was offered to me by the Academy and the City of Jacksonville’s Fire Department. I was able to ride along on many of the fire department’s rescue engines while responding to many different calls across the city. These calls ranged from motor vehicle accidents to victims of violence to the more routine calls of patient transfer between medical facilities. It was a great opportunity for me to learn from real professionals while fulfilling my DMT required clinical hours and to also interact with people from the local community.
My time at Commercial Diving Academy has been marked by many milestones and achievements, but I would definitely count the experiences and education of the DMT Program as the best.
Dale Dahl Class 0110
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