Belize is known to be a premier diving destination and with this in mind divers' safety is of utmost importance. Dive Shops are equipped with the best dive equipment and staffed with the very best dive masters and instructors. But even the very best diver can find themselves in a predicament and something can go wrong; safety and how to deal with a diver's rescue is crucial. With this in mind, Dr. Daniel Gonzalez, along with the Belize Chamber Project Ltd and DAN – Divers Alert Network (Recompression Chamber Network), held a two-day Diving Accident Management Conference over the weekend in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Richard ‘Dick' Clarke, President of the National Board of Diving & Hyperbaric Medical Technology, with over 50 years of dicing experience, led the two-day diving accident management conference in San Pedro from Friday, October 5 to Saturday, October 6, 2018. Its main objective was to train attendees on how to properly medically evaluate an injured diver, to teach them proper transfer protocols and challenges in order to properly transfer divers from dive site to the clinic and to the hyperbaric chamber in the best possible way.
San Pedro currently houses two hyperbaric chambers; the only ones in the entire country of Belize. Medical staff from different parts of the country were invited to participate in the conference including medical doctors and dive masters/instructors from San Pedro. It was a successful conference.
Dick Clarke and Dr. Daniel Gonzalez