DAN 75th Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Course

DatesMay 3 2014toMay 10 2014
LocationLittle Cayman Beach Resort
Little Cayman , International, Little Cayman
ContactPatty Seery
Phone800-446-2671 ext. 556
PDFRegistration form
The DAN 75th Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Course will be at Little Cayman Beach Resort in Little Cayman May 3-10, 2014.

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 interactive case studies sessions. The nature of the venue and course organization encourages casual interactions between faculty and participants beyond the classroom.


Sunday, May 4th
0730 Check-in - Seery
0800 Welcome - Pollock
0810 Controlling decompression stress - Pollock
0900 Hyperbaric medicine overview - Pestell
1000 Gas toxicities - Nochetto
1100 Modes and methods of diving - Holm
Afternoon - Two tank diving

Monday, May 5th
0800 Non-pulmonary barotrauma - Pestell
0900 Physical fitness and diving safety - Pollock
1000 Medical clearance for diving - Holm
1100 Hazardous marine life I - Nochetto
Afternoon - Two tank diving

Evening Talk (optional): Polar research diving - Pollock

Tuesday, May 6th
0800 Hazardous marine life II - Nochetto
0900 Medications and diving - Pestell
1000 Thermal physiology - Pollock
1100 Case studies - Holm
Afternoon - Two tank diving

Wednesday, May 7th
0800 Diagnosis and treatment of DCS/AGE - Holm
0900 Special population divers - Pollock
1000 HBO therapy and radiation injuries - Pestell
1100 Case studies - Nochetto
Afternoon - Two tank diving

Thursday, May 8th
0800 Altitude and diving - Pollock
0900 Carbon monoxide poisoning - Holm
1000 Seafood harvesting hazards - Nochetto
1100 Case studies - Pestell
Afternoon - Two tank diving

Evening Talk (optional): Submarine escape and rescue - Pestell

Friday, May 9th
Morning - Two tank diving 1330 Emerging indications for HBO - Pestell
1430 Hyperbaric chambers and chamber safety - Holm
1530 Remote operations injury management - Nochetto
1630 Breath-hold diving - Pollock
1730 Adjourn


The rooms and tropical foliage of Little Cayman Beach Resort capture the warmth and beauty of the island of Little Cayman. The resort sits on a private beach with views of the Caribbean water and reefs. Divers from around the globe have proclaimed Little Cayman as one of the world’s premier dive destinations with pristine reefs, excellent visibility and incredible diving. The coral canyons, sand chutes and sponge covered walls are all part of the Little Cayman dive experience. Turtles are a common sighting. Eagle rays, angel fish, reef sharks and grouper are among the 500 plus species of fish documented in the Little Cayman waters.

In addition to the world class diving, guests can explore the island trails or, for a rental fee, kayak the clear waters. The resort property includes a swimming pool, hot tub, beach hammocks, basketball and tennis courts plus a fitness center. The on-site boutique, Mermaids, carries a range of gifts and essentials. The nearby Nature Spa caters to both men and women with a variety of spa treatments. Wireless internet is available throughout the resort.

The exclusive package assembled for DAN CME course participants includes 7 nights lodging, three buffet meals daily, and 6 days of two tank diving plus a night dive. Room and meal taxes and gratuities are included. Nitrox and rental dive equipment are available at additional charge.


The course fee is $700 before March 15. After March 15, course fee is $800. The course fee for individuals not booking the DAN-Little Cayman Beach Resort package is $950.

CME registration includes:
  • Course materials
  • CME credit
  • Course shirt
  • Welcome and farewell receptions
Final payment is due March 17th

For more information contact DAN Education.
Phone: 919-684-2948, ext. 556
Toll free: 800-446-2671, ext. 556
E-mail: cme@dan.org


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

James R. Holm, MD
Medical Director, Center for Hyperbaric Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA

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

Debbie L. Pestell, MD, LCdr (ret’d)
Consultant in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine, Hyperbaric Medicine Unit, QEII Hospital (VG site), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Patty Seery, MHS, DMT
CME Administrator
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
E-mail: paul@travelxperts.com
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. https://www.diversalertnetwork.org/trip/

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 17, 2014 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 24, 2014 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. (http://www.diversalertnetwork.org/trip/index.asp)
  • 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.