Fiji Scuba Diving CME
This exciting Wilderness and Marine Medicine continuing medical education (CME) course takes place in the secluded Fiji Island Paradise of Beqa (pronounced “Benga”). NOTE: Our Fiji CME trip price includes roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles (exclusive of airline surcharges of $500-$550).
Surrounded by one of the world’s largest and most spectacular barrier reefs, Beqa is rich and untouched. Beqa lagoon is actually an extinct volcano crater, and the 40-mile ring reef has formed on the lip of the old crater. It is home to one of the greatest displays of soft corals and sea fans in the world. Fiji is often called the “Soft Coral Capital of the World”.
Diving these calm protected waters is like exploring another world. The water is clear and warm, visibility is often over 100 feet, currents are generally mild, and the water temperature stays near a fairly constant 80 degrees.
The excellent dive staff at Beqa Lagoon Resort will help you discover the incredible marine life that abounds in these waters – fantastic coral and invertebrates, Blue Ribbon Eels, Clown Triggers, Lion Fish, Leaf Scorpions, Reef Sharks and millions of colorful Anthias and Fusiliers.
Behind the Beqa Lagoon resort the land slopes gently upward into a tropical forest. Nearby are beautiful fresh water streams and waterfalls. Tropical flowers bloom everywhere, and the tables at the resort are always filled with fresh cuttings.
World-class surfing nearby! “Voted one of the best two waves in Fiji.” Powerful and fast (with prevailing offshore winds), Frigate Passage (also known as the Fiji “Pipeline”) is located on the southwestern barrier reef of the island of Beqa, just a short distance from Beqa Lagoon Resort. Frigate Passage offers the ideal conditions that naturally generate world-class waves. Scubadive pristine reefs to discover rich marine life and beautiful coral gardens. Enjoy fun-filled days snorkeling, swimming or kayaking the warm waters of the blue lagoon. Hike to beautiful waterfalls, or spend an exciting afternoon deep sea fishing. Surf the world – class “Fijian Pipeline” at Frigate Pass. Water skiing is available. Beqa is also a bird watching haven with the largest varieties of birds in Fiji. You can end the day relaxing in a hammock overlooking the sea or by lounging in the infinity pool.
WILDERNESS MEDICINE COURSE INFORMATION
16.5 Hours AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits
The Wilderness Medicine course features Dr. Gene Allred. Dr. Allred is based in Ashland, Oregon and is an Emergency Physician and also has been a whitewater guide for over 20 years. Dr. Allred is a swiftwater rescue instructor as well as being an avid backpacker, is skilled in canyoneering, backcountry skiing, scuba diving and sea kayaking. Dr. Allred has taught wilderness medicine on six continents as is the Director of the National Conference on Wilderness Medicine.
COURSE CONTENT INCLUDES:
- Altitude Illness
- Heat Illness
- Travelers Illnesses
- Marine Envenomations
- Trauma Management
- Wilderness Orthopedics
- Water Disinfection
- Swiftwater Safety and Rescue
- Basic Wilderness Survival
- Wilderness Medical Kits
- Wound Management
- Patient Assessment
- Wilderness Dermatology
- Wilderness Pediatrics