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Competence by Knowledge - Skill Enhancement Made by VIT
28 Mar 2018
by Dr. Florian Dams

Although the fabulous weather on Saturday, the 24.03.2018 invited more to do a dive with fantastic visibility in the nearby lake Murner See, 60 divers and instructors from the entire German-speaking area participated at the training event from the series Competence by Knowledge in Schwarzenfeld. In the stylish ambience of the Gasthof Holzwurm, the seminar was held under the motto decompression.

Prof. Dr. Claus-Martin Muth, Head of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University Hospital Ulm and Head of the Department of Medicine at the VIT, presented the morning under the topic of decompression medicine. In two entertaining and descriptive talks, he explained the latest findings in this area, described various factors for gas bubble formation, which most divers do not see in their dive planning and cleared some misconceptions in this field.

Hubertus Barthmann, fire diver and author of various books on the subject of emergency management, pointed out the problem areas in emergency management by means of real dive accidents and explained the most effective procedure in such cases. The insights into the internal procedures of the rescue services and the helpful tips that he provided in case of emergency were also extremely interesting.

The final talk gave Dr. Michael Pawlik, Director of the Department of Anaesthesiology at St. Josef Hospital in Regensburg. In his first lecture he explained the principle and the fields of application of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Very informative he presented the current supply situation with pressure chambers in Germany and presented his, despite all pros and cons forward-looking concept of a one-person pressure chamber.

Traditionally, a cozy get-together at dinner was the culmination of a successful and informative day.

No less interesting and equally well attended with 70 participants was the 3rd Munich Diver Day on 24.02.2018 at the fair, which VIT organized for the third time together with DAN Europe and the exhibition management.

For diving enthusiasts, diving beginners and diving professionals, a varied lecture program was again offered by recognized diving experts. On the part of the VIT, Uwe Kiehl made the participants taste the fascination of free diving. Dr. Florian Dams presented the latest development of the VIT in terms of e-learning, the knowledge platform Taucherpedia and Uwe Scherner showed what contribution each diver can make to nature and environmental protection.

DAN Europe was waiting with the latest findings from diving research by Dr. med. Ulrich van Laak, who presented himself in a well-known amusing lecture mood. Christiane Linkenbach presented both advantages and problems with emergency call transmitters at sea and Peter Schetter explained with illustrative examples and legal precision the legal consequences which can arise when screwing on the equipment.

The event was rounded off by the excellent catering provided by the exhibition management of the

In view of the successes and the more than positive response one can look forward to a continuation of both training series.