CME: DAN 73rd Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Course

DatesMay 4 2013toMay 11 2013
LocationAnse-Chastanet Resort International, St. Lucia
ContactPatty Seery
Phone919-684-2948 ext.556
PDFClick to Download Registration Form

DAN 73rd Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Course

This six-day course is designed primarily for physicians. It may be of value to emergency medical personnel, paramedics, nurses and other professionals with interest in diving as well.

The program delivers a range of topics to orient participants to the state of the art of diving safety, diving medicine, hyperbaric medicine and environmental physiology. Classroom time includes lectures and extensive interactive case studies sessions. The nature of the venue and organization encourages casual interactions between faculty and participants beyond the classroom.

Presentation topics include:
• Medical and physical fitness to dive
• Diving safety - issues and current research
• Hyperbaric medicine - applications, protocols and mechanisms
• Decompression physiology and pathophysiology
• Diving injuries and management
• Considerations for thermal stress, altitude exposure, freediving and special populations
• Controversies in diving medicine

Anse Chastanet rests in 600 tropical acres on the southwest coast of St. Lucia in the eastern Caribbean. It provides views of the twin Piton peaks from many of the resort rooms and includes two soft sand beaches that border the marine park preserve. Rooms are located up the hillside and along the beach. The beachfront rooms have easy access to the water’s edge and are air conditioned. The hillside rooms are each uniquely designed to take advantage of the trade winds and embrace the natural beauty of the tropical environment.

The package assembled for DAN CME course participants includes 7 nights lodging, three meals daily, and 11 scheduled dives. This special DAN-Anse Chastanet package also includes free WiFi and Nitrox for those certified in its use as well as room and meal taxes. The package does not include alcoholic beverages, gratuities and dive tips.

Rental dive equipment is available at an additional charge. Advance request is appreciated.


Registration is open.

For more information contact DAN Education.
Phone: 919-684-2948, ext. 556
Toll free: 800-446-2671, ext. 556
The course fee is $650 before March 16th. After March 16th, course fee is $750. The course fee for individuals not booking the DAN-Anse Chastanet package is $900. CME registration includes:
• Course materials
• CME credit
• Course shirt
• Welcome and farewell receptions
Final payment is due March 23rd.


Sunday, May 5
7:30 Check in - Seery
8:00 Welcome - Pollock
8:10 Diving safety fundamentals - Pollock
9:00 Hyperbaric medicine overview - Pestell
10:00 Gas toxicities - Nochetto
11:00 Pathophysiology of DCS - Mitchell
Afternoon - Two tank diving

Monday, May 6
8:00 HBO and non-healing wounds - Pestell
9:00 Pathophysiology of immersion - Pollock
10:00 Cardiovascular problems and diving - Mitchell
11:00 Hazardous marine life I - Nochetto
Afternoon - Two tank diving
Evening Talk (optional): Deep wreck adventures – Mitchell

Tuesday, May 7
8:00 Hazardous marine life II - Nochetto
9:00 Medications and diving - Pestell
10:00 Physical fitness and diving safety - Pollock
11:00 Case studies - Mitchell
Afternoon - Two tank diving

Wednesday, May 8
8:00 Assessing suitability for diving - Mitchell
9:00 Thermal physiology - Pollock
10:00 HBO therapy and radiation injuries - Pestell
11:00 Case studies - Nochetto
Afternoon - Two tank diving

Thursday, May 9
8:00 Altitude and diving - Pollock
9:00 Treatment of DCS/AGE - Mitchell
10:00 Seafood harvesting hazards - Nochetto
11:00 Case studies - Pestell
Afternoon - Two tank diving
Evening Talk (optional): Raising the Monitor - Pestell

Friday, May 10
Morning - Two tank diving
13:30 Emerging indications for HBO - Pestell
14:30 Technical diving - Mitchell
15:30 Remote operations injury management - Nochetto
16:30 Breath-hold diving - Pollock
17:30 Adjourn


Neal W. Pollock, PhD (Course Director)
Research Director
Divers Alert Network
Durham, NC

Simon J. Mitchell, MB, ChB, PhD
Head, Department of Anesthesiology
University of Auckland
Auckland, New Zealand

Matias Nochetto, MD
Director of Operations and Outreach
Divers Alert Network
Durham, NC

Debbie L. Pestell, MD, Lt. Cmdr (ret’d)
Consultant in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine
Hyperbaric Medicine Unit, QEII Hospital (VG site),
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Occupational Health Physician
Atlantic Offshore Medical Services (AOMS)
Dartmouth, NS

Patty Seery, MHS, DMT
Deputy Director of Education
Divers Alert Network
Durham, NC


Participants are welcome to make their own travel arrangements. If assistance is desired, you may contact Paul Ducey with Horizon Travel.
Phone: 800-672-5737
Travel expenses are not covered by resort or program registration fees. Course participants are responsible for all travel expenses. Trip Insurance is recommended.


Accreditation This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) and Divers Alert Network (DAN). WMS is accredited by ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Credit Designation WMS designates this live activity for a maximum of 24 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Disclosure Statement All faculty members and planners participating in continuing medical education activities sponsored by DAN are expected to disclose to the participants any real or apparent conflict of interest related to the content of their presentations. Full disclosure of faculty and planner relationships will be made at the activity.


Special Needs Statement Divers Alert Network is committed to making its activities accessible to all individuals. If you are in need of an accommodation or special dietary considerations, please call and/or submit a description of your needs in writing in order to receive service.
Cancellation and Refunds In the event that sufficient persons are not secured for the course, the right is reserved to cancel this program and the refund of course or diving fee monies will release DAN of any further obligation. DAN is not responsible for any cancellation or travel itinerary change fees assessed by the hotel, airlines or travel agents. Hotel and course cancellations are handled directly through DAN Education. Reservation cancellations after March 16, 2013 are subject to a penalty equal to 50% of the total cost of the package. Course and hotel payments will not be refunded for cancellations made after March 23, 2013 or in the event of non-notification of cancellation prior to the start of the course.

Responsibility and Liability
• A valid passport for each group member is required. DAN is not responsible if other identification is used.
•Baggage and personal effects are at owner's risk throughout the trip. Trip and baggage insurance is strongly recommended.
• DAN is acting as an agent for suppliers selling services, and is not responsible for any intentional or careless actions or omissions on the part of such suppliers which result in any loss, damage, delay or injury to you or your travel companions or group members.
• DAN assumes no liability or responsibility for the diving program. Each diver is responsible for his/her own safety and does hereby hold the aforementioned harmless from and against any and all claims and damages of every kind for injury to or death of any person or persons and for damages to or loss of property which arises as a result of the negligent acts of the diving service and the equipment supplied by them. Consent to the above conditions will be indicated by payment and participation in the diving program.