Along with Dr. Joe FitzGibbon’s special interests in Allergy, Fatigue, and Weight Management, he is also one of ten doctors in Ireland who are designated by the Health and Safety Authority as approved to provide medical assessments for commercial divers. Approved Medical Examiners of Divers have special interests and training in dive medicine.
Dr. FitzGibbon’s interest in diving started on a family holiday, in 2006. He shares, “My kids were keen to ‘Try Dive’, and they dragged me along. I was captivated. Since then I have logged hundreds of dives, but I gave up counting a long time ago. Diving opened up a whole new world to me. I am constantly amazed at the diversity and beauty of what lives in the sea. I have also started to understand the importance of ocean health and its impact on our planet.
As a doctor, I became interested in the physiological response to pressure; and from there developed an interest in dive medicine. I attended courses in Aberdeen and the Cayman Islands in order to become and remain an Approved Medical Examiner of Divers.”