DAN 74th Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Course

DatesOctober 5 2013toOctober 12 2013
LocationGrotto Bay Beach Resort International, Bermuda
ContactDAN Education
Phone800-446-2671, ext. 556
PDFClick to download registration form
The DAN 74th Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Course will be at Grotto Bay Beach Resort in Bermuda.

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 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
Grotto Bay Beach Resort sits on a 21 acre tropical estate on the edge of Bailey’s Bay. The traditional Bermudian architecture of the resort overlooks the turquoise waters of the bay and its small islands. The property includes dramatic caves and woodland preserves that slope down to the water’s edge where three private beaches are available for Grotto Bay guests. Under the water, Bermuda has long been known for its wreck diving. Each dive outing of the week is planned to include one wreck and one reef.

The package assembled for DAN CME course participants includes 7 nights lodging, three meals daily, and 10 scheduled dives. This special package assembled for the DAN CME course includes room and meal taxes plus ground transportation. The package does not include alcoholic beverages, gratuities and dive tips. Please note that nitrox is not currently available.

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


Sunday, October 6th
0730 Check-in - Seery
0800 Welcome - Pollock
0810 Diving safety fundamentals - Pollock
0900 Hyperbaric medicine overview - Pestell
1000 Different dive profiles and limits - Sanchez
1100 Medical evaluation for diving - Logue
Afternoon - Two tank diving

Monday, October 7th
0800 ENT and non-pulmonary barotrauma - Pestell
0900 Mechanism and action of hyperbaric oxygen - Sanchez
1000 Physical fitness and diving safety - Pollock
1100 Case studies - Logue
Afternoon - Two tank diving

Evening Talk (optional): Research diving in Antarctica - Pollock

Tuesday, October 8th
0800 DCS - new insights in pathophysiology - Logue
0900 Pathophysiology of immersion - Pollock
1000 Medications and diving - Pestell
1100 HBO in ischemia-perfusion injury - Sanchez
Afternoon - Two tank diving

Wednesday, October 9th
0800 DCI - diagnosis and treatment - Logue
0900 Thermal physiology - Pollock
1000 HBO in chronic wound management - Sanchez
1100 Case studies - Pestell
Afternoon free; Evening - One tank night dive

Thursday, October 10th
0800 Flying after diving and high altitude decompression - Pollock
0900 Dive trip rescue - Logue
1000 HBO therapy and radiation injuries - Pestell
1100 Case studies - Sanchez
Afternoon - Two tank diving

Evening Talk (optional): Indian civilization and sea harvesters - Sanchez

Friday, October 11th
Morning - Two tank diving
1330 Risk management: dive tables and computers - Logue
1430 Emerging indications for HBO - Pestell
1530 HBO and neonates - Sanchez
1630 Breath-hold diving - Pollock
1730 Adjourn

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

Christopher J. Logue, MD
Hyperbaric Medicine Attending Physician, Institute for Environmental Medicine at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Emergency Medicine Attending Physician, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA

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

E. Cuauhtemoc Sanchez, MD, MSc, MPH
Executive Director, DAN Latin America Emergency Hotline
Medical Director, Institute of Environment and Health, Hyperbaric Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine and Trauma of Yucatan (ISMAMHOTY)
Professor on Hyperbaric Medicine, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)

Program Administrator: Patty Seery, MHS, DMT; Deputy Director of Education, Divers Alert Network, Durham, NC


The course fee is $700 before August 17th. After August 17th, course fee is $800. The course fee for individuals not booking the DAN-Grotto Bay package is $950. CME registration includes:
  • Course materials
  • CME credit
  • Course shirt
  • Welcome and farewell receptions
50% of course fee/ground package total is due with registration submission. Final payment is due August 24th.

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

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 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.