Diving Medical Technician Class

CPR in Chamber


Due to changes with the DMT certification process we have not yet been able to schedule a DMT course for 2015. We will be looking into what needs to be done to once again run the class here at the Chamber. Please e-mail us at chamber@usc.edu if you would like to be placed on a notification list. We will let you know when the next class is scheduled. Thank you for your interest.


To participate in this program, candidates must hold current EMT-B or higher certification, and medical clearance for hyperbaric exposure.

Course Synopsis*

Diver Medical Technicians (DMTs) serve as the critical first step in the dive medicine chain, caring for injured divers on the scene and acting as tenders in the hyperbaric chamber.

DMTs provide an alternative to the presence of qualified hyperbaric physicians at every dive site who can respond to emergency medical situations and communicate effectively with a physician located remotely.

This DMT Class is a joint class run by the USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber and the Divers Alert Network. It is designed for those wishing to become a DMT, the course consists of  lectures, invasive skills training and hands on chamber operations. Certification from the course meets the Module 16 requirements for DMT Certification application.

Topics include:

  • role and responsibilities of the DMT
  • diving physics and physiology
  • inert gas narcosis
  • gas toxicities
  • ear and sinuse barotrauma
  • otoscope use
  • decompression sickness (DCS)
  • pulmonary barotrauma and AGE
  • commercial and sat operations
  • evaluating medical fitness to dive
  • clinical invasive skills (IV, airway, Foley)
  • patient assessment
  • wound closure

*Course description source (www.diversalertnetwork.org/training/dmt/)


Accommodations and meals are included in the DMT tuition. DMT participants will be housed in the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies dorm rooms and apartments. Meals are served in the Institute's cafeteria.

Note: A recent Medical Clearance for Hyperbaric Exposure or diving medical is required to participate in the course Chamber Dive and to apply for DMT Certification.

  • USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber
  • P.O. Box 5069
  • 1 Big Fisherman Cove
  • Avalon, CA 90704
  • Emergency Phone: 310-510-1053