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140213-N-CG436-031 PANAMA CITY, Fla. (Feb. 13, 2014) Students at Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC) conduct training operations in the center's 40-foot-deep Aquatic Training Facility. NDSTC, the largest diving facility in the world, trains more than 1,200 military divers from every branch of service each year. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Scichilone)

Questions and comments concerning the U.S. Marine Corps Combatant Diver Course through e-mail or phone to:
Commanding Officer
Attn: USMC Combatant Diver Course
Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center
350 South Crag Road
Panama City, Florida 32407-7016

(850) 230-7051
(850) 235-5838
(850) 235-5266
DSN: 436

MCD DSN: 436-5265

Download the Commanding Officer’s Checklist.

The U.S. Marine Corps trains combatant divers at the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center in conjunction with the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, Virginia. The course provides the best possible combatant diving and tactical swimming training available.
 Medical Prerequisite Requirements
  • Review Physical and ensure it has been signed by a DMO (Diving Medical Officer).
  • Ensure a Naval Special Warfare, Special Operations; Dive Physical is within 2 years of the course graduation date.
  • HIV and PPD must be within 6 months of reporting to the course.
  • Documented Pressure TEST or NMPC Waiver indicating that the Command/UNIT was unable to perform the TEST.
  • Pressure Test: To include a pressure test to 60 feet with a 10 minute bottom time. (Reference: U.S. NAVY DIVING MANUAL REV. 7A; Chapter 18; pages 30-31).
  • If waivers are needed, ensure approval action from BUMED and HQ USMC.

Request for medical waivers must be mailed to:
2300 E STREET N.W.
WASHINGTON D.C 20372-5300

Send approved waiver to the following address:
PP&O (POG-40)
Navy Annex (Room 4A)
Arlington, VA 20380-1775

(703) 692-4305
(703) 692-4306

 General Prerequisites

See the downloadable Commanding Officer’s Checklist.

Waivers to the course prerequisites must be obtained prior to course convening date from:

PP&O (POG-45)
DSN: 222-4305

Note: A must-pass Initial Physical Screening Test (PST) is conducted on training day (1). Students who fail any event of the physical screening test will be considered not physically fit to safely continue with training, and will be returned to their parent commands on this training day. Students must be within height and weight standards in accordance with Marine Corps Order. For PST details see Commanding Officer’s Checklist.
 Special Instructions
  • Students will be required to wear the appropriate swim cammies.
  • Ensure students report with: Commanding Officer’s Checklist, Medical Record, and waivers (as required)
  • Required Uniforms and Equipment: See the Commanding Officer’s Checklist.
  • Billeting / Lodging (students must reserve room at least 30 days prior to check-in)
Navy Gateway Inns & Suites
101 Vernon Ave Panama City, FL 32407

(877) 628-9233 Ext. 726
DSN: 436-2500
  • Report to the NDSTC quarterdeck and read the red MCD information board for convening instructions.
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