The DiDMM program is largely self-guided and should be completed within a two year timeframe. It essentially verifies your knowledge and skills in three primary domains: diving, sailing and dive/marine/hyperbaric medicine. After enrolling in the program, you will be assigned to a learning "pod" consisting of 10 fellow candidates. Throughout your pursuit of the diploma, you will interact with pod members regularly. As one of the central concepts associated with this unique diploma opportunity, flexibility is key. Pod members, along with their WMS leader, will make group decisions about meetings, schedules and customized training events.

As a candidate, you will need to verify certification in the domains of diving and sailing. Pod members will coordinate efforts regarding group training and/or certification. Once you are certified as a Master Diver, you will take an online, open-book WMS exam of knowledge as well as demonstrate your skills. As before, pod members will coordinate demonstration "events" with their WMS leader. Similarly, once you've obtained your United States Coast Guard Captain’s License, you will take an online, open-book WMS exam. Your sailing skills can be demonstrated in a number of ways depending upon your particular situation, including as crew during a WMS MedSail event.

The last domain related specifically to dive, marine and hyperbaric medicine will involve both a commitment to training as well as verification of knowledge and skills through examination. To acquire the necessary training, candidates must attend an annual WMS MedSail event as well as attend at least one WMS conference (annual summer or winter conference or occasional dive/specialty conference). Pod members will attend pre-conference events or specifically identified seminars at these conferences. Following attendance, you must pass a WMS online, open-book exam.

Lastly, you will complete a Capstone project. Capstone projects, while they vary from program to program, are usually more “experiential” projects where students take what they’ve learned throughout the course of their study and apply it to examine a specific idea. Before you begin work on your capstone project, you will need to prepare a comprehensive proposal that will be reviewed by a WMS leader identified to be your mentor. This proposal usually contains an introduction, theories, hypotheses, scholarly literature review, research methods, proposal alternatives and any other issues relevant to the project proposal. There are a variety of capstone projects possible. Some might include case studies, program evaluations, outcomes-based evaluations, surveys, focus groups, etc. Once you are enrolled in the Diploma in Dive and Marine Medicine program, it is best that you start formulating an idea of what you would like to investigate. Waiting to the very last minute to study a particular problem or issue can derail your capstone project. You will need to have a sufficient amount of previous research in order to complete a capstone project proposal. Additional resource: Writing a Graduate Capstone Project.

Due to the demanding physical nature of the DiDMM field sessions and to ensure a safe learning environment for all participants, doctors, nurses, or medics enrolling in this program of study must have experience in scuba diving, sailing and other related water sports. Hyperbaric medical experience is suggested but not required.

In summary, you will receive your Diploma in Dive and Marine Medicine once you:


Course Directors:

Eric Johnson, MD, FAWM
Michael Jacobs, MD, MFAWM
Christanne Coffey, MD
Brad Bennett, PhD, FAWM
Nicholas Bird, MD
Karen Van Hoesen, MD

Medical Advisory Board:

Jay Lemery, MD, FAWM
Robert Quinn, MD, FAWM
Aaron Billin, MD, FAWM

Technical and Rescue Advisory Board:

To be determined as the program develops.