Our Medical Director Dr Doug Watts offers advice on returning to diving.
Supporting the recreational and commercial diving community is paramount to us.
Our primary aim is to provide advice to anyone during a diving emergency or who thinks that they may have decompression illness (DCI) following a dive.
Our Diving Doctors can offer advise, assessment or treatment in our hyperbaric chambers, as necessary.
We also answer many inquiries about diver health, carry out diver medicals, deliver Diver Medic and diver safety courses and information days. Our ‘Diver Health’ research and education programmes are a key element of our charitable work.
24/7 Emergency Advice & Treatment
Our DDRC Diver Emergency Helpline is manned 24/7 every day of the year by our Diving Physicians for diving emergency advice and support.
Diver help-cards are available to any Dive Club, to carry with you with the 24/7 contact number. We can send them to you on request.
‘Fitness to Dive’ Queries
Do you have a question about your fitness to go diving? Read our advice in the ‘Can I Dive With…?’ section or submit your query here Fitness to Dive
NB Can take at least 2 weeks so do not leave it too late before your next diving holiday! )
Queries are dealt with by our experienced Diving Physicians. This service is subsidised by the charity DDRC Healthcare and is not paid for by the NHS (National Health Service).
Diver Information Days
Professional Dive Boat Skipper Day: FREE day for skippers and crew on managing a diving incident. Speakers include RNLI & Newquay HM Coastguard Search & Rescue (Bristow). Case studies and diving physicians’ lectures.
Dive Accident Responder Course (DARC) includes: DCI recognition; Basic Life Support O2 & AED; Lectures from RNLI/HM Coastguard SAR; 40m Pot Dive; lunch & free parking.
Downloads for Dive Clubs: Our ‘Health of Divers’ Research programme has been running for a quite a few years now and you can download papers; Powerpoint presentations and leaflets for your club available here.
Diving Community Support
We appreciate all the support that we receive from divers, diving organisations and dive clubs. Follow, like and share us on social media @DDRCPlymouth
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