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RCSEd Diving Medicine online module, which is completed in advance of the 2 day Level 1 (Medical Examiner of Divers) Course.


DDRC Healthcare has provided training in diving medicine for medical practitioners since 2006. We have always received good feedback but many of those who have attended add that the courses are quite intense and that a large proportion of the academic material could be delivered online. DDRC Healthcare has responded to these comments by designing a course which complements an existing online Diving Medicine module offered by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd).

The module typically runs over 3 months and contains all of the academic content required for the Level 1 and Level 2D courses as agreed by the Diving Medical Advisory Committee (DMAC) / European Diving Technology Committee's (EDTC) medical sub-committee and the European Committee for Hyperbaric Medicine.  The online module lasts for approximately 12 weeks and each module is about 100 hours of study, therefore, approximately 9 hours of study per week is required.

There has been considerable interest in this course for personal or professional reasons and applications from non-medically qualified health care professionals are welcome. However, please note that without a Primary Medical Degree, it is not possible to proceed to any Diving Medicine related qualification, such as the DMAC/EDTCm Level 1 or 2.


The module introduces the key concepts of dive medicine, including the medical observation of divers, diseases and organisms specific to the marine environment and the management of medical conditions and emergency situations.

Learning Outcomes

  -  Demonstrate an understanding of the physics, physiology and pathophysiology relevant to the diving environment.

  -  Demonstrate knowledge of the equipment and procedures used in diving.

  -  Demonstrate an understanding of how diving accidents happen, how to identify them and how to manage them.

  -  Demonstrate an understanding of how the remote medical practitioner can help to prevent a diving accident by giving sound advice on safe environmental conditions, monitoring of divers, care of the health diver and fitness to dive.

Upon completion of the module, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh will send proof of completion and confirmation of Continuing Professional Development Certificate. Following this, a medically qualified applicant will then be eligible to attend the DMAC/EDTCm Level 1 and /or Level 2d course(s).

Online courses begin about 4 months before each of DDRC's 'attendance' courses and must be completed 1 month prior to the course start date.  Please be aware that the e-modules do involve a lot of study and will therefore require dedicated time to complete them.  Successful completion of the online module will be required prior to attendance.

Please note that the RCSEd module is separate from the DDRC courses and currently costs £555.00 (fees are subject to annual review). This payment is made directly to the RCSEd and can only be made online with a credit/debit card.  The details of how to apply for the RCSEd module, payment and online registration will be sent to you upon booking the DMAC Level 1 (Medical Examiner of Divers) Course. If you are unable to make payment to the RCSEd yourself from outside the UK, please let us know as we can do this on your behalf for a small admin fee.

Please Note: There are two routes to studying for the RCSEd dive module. Please read DDRC/RCSEd Flowchart before enrolling.


For further information on the RCSEd Online Diving Medicine Module, please see:

RCSEd & DDRC Healthcare

Entry criteria

RCSEd Remote and Offshore Medicine

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