San Lucas, Mexico Our facility promotes safety through
the education of dive operators, consumers, and other medical
and emergency care providers.
The local area hospitals work closely with our facility and often
consult with our chamber medical staff on DCI related topics to
ensure early recognition and treatment of dive related illnesses.
Our continuing medical education and training program has a special
relationship with the Catalina (California) Chamber - Member of
the Wrigley Institute for Marine Sciences of the University of
Southern California (USC).
Our facility, with the help of several locally based dive operators,
has drawn up evacuation plans and as a result, speedy transport
from all popular dive locations by ambulance is available to participating
members. We also offer (free of charge) Dive Accident Management
training to all our members. The SSS Network/Cabo San Lucas is
also an advisor to Baja University in matters of safety for their
ocean research program.
Isla Mujeres is a major area of Lobster fishing. The 4 fishing
co-operatives here have in total 300 Fisherman / Divers. The
Lobster season starts in July and finishes in February. On average
we treat about 40 fishermen per season for DCI. Many of the fishermen
lack medical insurance, and we work closely with this community
to make sure that no diver is left untreated.
We also work to educate the fishing population on safe diving
practices in an ongoing effort to decrease the number and severity
We have strong ties with the Civic Rescue teams, such as the
Fire Brigade and Police divers. It is worth noting that there
is important, (albeit sporadic and remote) diving by archeological
teams in the central Yucatan’s lost cities of the Maya’s sinkholes.
We would obviously treat these cases as well.
The Hyperbaric Medical Center plays an important role in education for the
local diving community offering the following courses:
For the general public: Courses in BLS (Basic Life Support), PADI
Emergency First Response, DAN Oxygen Provider, DAN poisonous marine
life management, and in the use of automated cardiac defibrillator.
For the Galapagos Marine Reserve National Park Service: Our staff
has offered courses addressed to the local dive guides, about the
physiology of diving and decompression theory as well as in the
use of oxygen equipments and BLS.
For fishermen and diving crew of local operators: We have given
courses for recognition and management of diving accidents, use
of oxygen equipment and BLS.
Protesub also co-sponsored two (2) intensive research projects
with the University of Trondheim (Norway), and DAN Research Department (USA). These programs were explicitly aimed to measure diving risks
in fisherman and train them on how to reduce dive injury incidence.
Perhaps the single most important factor in securing a good
outcome in treating DCS is early recognition, followed by early
treatment. This is why the SSS Network / Bahamas takes great
pains in extending free educational programs to the Bahamas
Dive Operators and Commercial Fishermen. We also work to train
and coordinate air and sea evacuations and patient transfers
from the site of the injury. Time is of the essence with regards
to any medical emergency; and our central location on Nassau/New
Providence Island facilitates access from all of the islands
of The Bahamas. The Nassau Airport is a mere 7 miles / 12 kilometers
away, which takes less than 15 minutes.
The SSS Network / Samui Chamber Facility supports the diving community
by offering numerous free services including: medical advice,
the latest dive safety tips, Decompression Illness Seminars and
Chamber Orientations. We also
offer ongoing training and education to the Dive Operators and
Health Care Providers throughout Thailand.
For the individual Thai boat captains and boat staff we are only
too happy to spend time sharing the importance of oxygen for diving
injuries, the use of their on-board equipment, and the guidelines
for oxygen provision. We regularly teach Oxygen and
first aid courses, and for those wanting to expand their knowledge
of diving medicine we also offer Recompression Chamber Tender/Operator "TOP" courses.
Along the Andaman coastline from north to south, but predominantly
in the Phuket area are pockets of “Sea Gypsy” villages. These
are groups of indigenous Thai fisherman who earn their living
from the sea. Instead of SCUBA, they often use systems
referred to as “Hookah” rigs where their air supply is secured
and controlled by staff on the boat. Due to the lack of education
and experience, these people occasionally develop Decompression
Illness. As a service to the community, these fisherman present
themselves to the facility they are treated 100% free of charge
until they either attain complete resolution of their symptoms,
or plateau with regards to their progress.