The first DAN Academy of Dive Medicine in Columbia was recently held at the Navy Base A.R.C. Bolivia in Cartagena de Indias, Columbia.
Conducted in Spanish, it was a three-day programme designed specially for Latin-American physicians. It covered topics like underwater physiology, freediving, dive fitness, decompression sickness and its clinical management, management of DCI in remote locations, hazardous marine life and drowning.
The attendees ranged from doctors, nurses, chamber operators and dive professionals from South America. There were even participants from the Colombian Navy who attended the course via satellite link-up.
Dr Matias Nochetto, DAN Director of Medical Programs, said that the “course was extremely well received and exceeded everyone’s expectations.”
Conducting the course in Spanish was a plus factor for most attendees. Although Spanish is a second most common native language in the world, much of the literature on hyperbaric and dive medicine is currently in English. Hence, the DAN Academy of Dive Medicine had been organised to address this issue and ensure that continuing medical education for dive doctors is available in another language other than English.
DAN has committed to conduct at least one programme every year in Latin America, with the next one to be held in Chile in 2017. According to Dr Nochetto, the organisation was “committed to enhancing the experience of future events and expanding the programme throughout Latin America.”