A U.S. Navy Medical Deep Sea Diving Technician is a specialized position within the Medical Corpsman designation that requires training in underwater rescue. Since the duties of this designation include assistance to medical personnel in treating and preventing injuries and conditions caused by high underwater pressure, fitness requirements as well as age requirements apply. The position is available to enlisted personnel who meet all necessary conditions and complete the rigorous training program.
Rank, Age and Status Requirements
The Navy Medical Deep Sea Diving Technician position is open to applicants from pay grade E-2 to pay grade E-6, inclusive. This encompasses enlisted men and women in the following ranks: Seaman Apprentice, Seaman, Petty Officer Third, Second and First Class. Applicants for the training program must be no older than 30 at the time of application, and they must be U.S. citizens with security clearance eligibility.
Health and Aptitude Requirements
Applicants with eyesight that can be corrected to 20/25 and without color blindness who pass the special physical exam for Navy divers are eligible for acceptance into the training program for Navy Medical Deep Sea Diving Technicians, so long as their natural vision is not worse than 20/200. A hyperbaric pressure test is administered to most applicants, but it can be waived if the requisite equipment is not available. Applicants must also score a minimum of either AR+VE=103, MC=51 or GS+MC+EI=165 on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test.
Applicants to the Navy Medical Deep Sea Diving Technician training course must pass the fitness test for Navy divers. This test entails swimming 500 yards in no more than 14 minutes, followed by a 10-minute rest. 42 push-ups in no more than two minutes is the next step, followed by a two-minute break and then 50 sit-ups in a maximum of two minutes. Another two-minute rest period follows before six pull-ups in no more than two minutes. A rest period of 10 minutes precedes a 1.5-mile run, to be completed within 12 minutes and 45 seconds.
Summary of the Training Course
The training for this position begins with a diver preparation course that includes electrical training as well as water adaptability and fitness training. The next step after this six-week preparation is a 15-week course that includes instruction in underwater cutting and welding as well as training in medical rescue and hyperbaric oxygen chamber operation. Once candidates pass this course, they are able to serve as Navy Medical Deep Sea Diving Technicians.