Dive Medical Technician course at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Hands on training with patients in operating theatres, recovery rooms and the emergency department... with tasks such as airway management, wound management, cannulation and observing vital signs.
A few weeks of diving theory by day and hospital duty at night provided skills and knowledge I'll never forget.
One phases of clearance diver course is spent three weeks in the mountains west of Sydney. During our time there we were nominated an inert ‘pet’ MK82 bomb. Basically everywhere we went, our 227 kg MK82 had to accompany us and the only thing we had to move it was a length of rope. Some days we would notice it was gone but that would only mean staff have dumped it somewhere in a dam for us to recover and drag back to base.
Unexploded ordnance can be found anywhere so dropping it in a dam gives a practical scenario of a recovery task. And dragging it around just made sure we are never short of a challenge…