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Diving Program

NOAA Diving Medicine

A physician riding a stationary bicycle and breathing from compressed air as his fellow students watch

A student in the Physicians Training in Diving Medicine class takes an exercise pulmonary function test used to rule out exercise-induced asthma. He is breathing cold dry air from a scuba bottle and cycling while his fellow students observe. A baseline spirometry is obtained, and then serial exams post-exercise, to check for any changes.

The NOAA Diving Program (NDP) has a strong diving medicine component dedicated to educating and preparing divers and field medical personnel to become first responders in case of emergencies. More information about NOAA diving medicine may be found at


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