Clinical Director - Diving in the Gold Coast Seaway
8 Australian SCUBA Divers die each year
Our Dive Medical Team consist of complimentary skills. Our clinical director is part of the team, but has <1 year of diving experience. Our Divemaster has >10 years of diving experience, but little clinical experience (<1 year)
This staffing ensures that your dive is supervised by not only an experienced clinician but a highly experienced diver as well
Our dive medical team dives recreationally at least once a fortnight to maintain skills. Here is 2 of our team with an amateur diver
Why hire a Dive Medical Team?
When you are diving, your body is subject to higher pressures than it is used to. Our bodies spend most of, if not all of their life at a pressure of 14.5psi however, recreational divers can safely go to 40msw which puts the body under 72.5psi
The maximum limit a SCUBA diver can go is 60msw which puts your body under 101.5psi of pressure.
A divers body usually adapts to these changes however the molecules of nitrogen in our body, under pressure, become bubbles. During extended deep dives this leads to nitrogen narcosis (getting high off the nitrogen) and resubmerging too quickly mean that all that pressure in your body has not equalised properly. This leads to Arterial Gas Embolisms (the bubbles forming an Embolus) and/or Decompression Sickness (the bends). It is also common for divers who forget the first rule of diving to submerge with a pneumothorax (one lung ruptured) or bilateral pneumothoraces (both lungs ruptured).
Having a dive medical team there means immediate medical treatment is given and guided by the Royal Adelaide Hospital Hyperbaric Centre.
We then co-ordinate the patient to be transported to the nearest hyperbaric chamber.