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DAN To Hold Second Dive Medicine Course For Latin America

The Divers Alert Network will conduct its second Spanish-language Academy of Dive Medicine program with a course in Chile next month.

The event will be held from April 20th to 22nd, 2017, at the Naval Hospital “Almirante Nef” in Viña del Mar, Valparaíso, Chile.

The academy is specifically designed as an introductory, Spanish-language course in dive medicine for physicians to start developing their clinical skills in the assessment and evaluation of injured divers.

Dr. Petar Denoble, who oversees DAN‘s Research, Medical and Training departments, says:

“The aim of DAN Academy is to improve medical care opportunities for divers throughout the world.”

Last year, DAN held a similar event in Colombia attended by physicians, nurses, hyperbaric chamber operators, commercial and military divers and recreational dive professionals from across South America.

Among the topics to be covered during the three-day academy are: Underwater physiology, breath-hold diving, fitness to dive, decompression illness and its pre-hospital and definitive clinical management, remote operations, and hazardous marine life. DAN staff and well-known DAN Referral Physicians from Latin America will be on the faculty.

DAN Director of Medical Programs Dr. Matias Nochetto said:

“We are pleased to see the widespread reception of the program, and we are committed to constantly enhancing the experience of these events and expanding the reach of DAN’s Academy of Dive Medicine throughout the Americas or where it might be needed.”

For more information, check out the DAN website at or contact them at To register for the event, go to

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.


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