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Current Course Offerings
DAN Training & Education
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development
Units (PDUs) may be granted to diving leadership personnel
for participating in some of the courses listed below as
authorized by their respective training agency.
||Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries
As a recreational diver, you can receive training to
provide vital first aid that can make a difference to
a scuba diver with decompression illness. The DAN Oxygen
Provider Course provides entry-level training in the
recognition and management of possible diving-related
injuries using emergency oxygen first aid.
First Aid for Aquatic Emergencies
This course trains non-divers and professional rescuers
(such as lifeguards) to recognize near-drowning / submersion
incidents and other aquatic medical emergencies and
to provide basic life support including the use of oxygen
||Advanced Oxygen First Aid for Scuba
This advanced-level program is designed to train existing
DAN Oxygen Providers to use the MTV-100 or a Bag Valve
Mask while providing care for a non-breathing injured
||First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life
Serious hazardous marine life injuries are rare, but
most divers experience minor discomfort from unintentional
encounters with fire coral, jellyfish and other marine
creatures. This course teaches divers to minimize these
injuries and reduce diver discomfort and pain.
||Automated External Defibrillators for Scuba
More than 10 percent of all dive fatalities are actually
caused by cardiovascular disease, according to DAN dive
accident and fatality statistics. This course teaches
divers and other interested parties to provide care
for sudden cardiac arrest including the use of an automated
external defibrillator (AEDs).
External Defibrillators for Aquatic Emergencies
When a person drowns, they may or may not inhale water.
They normally enter cardiac arrest because of the inability
to breathe. This course teaches interested parties to
provide care for cardiac arrest by using an automated
external defibrillator (AED).
||Basic Life Support for Dive Professionals
The remote nature of dive accidents, whether a few hours
from shore or days from civilization, frequently requires
more advanced levels of care than are offered by traditional
or entry-level CPR programs.
Emergency Medical Oxygen (REMO2ô)
The DAN Remote Emergency Medical Oxygen (REMO2ô)
system module supplements the DAN Oxygen First Aid in
Scuba Diving Injuries course. Based on medical closed-circuit
oxygen rebreather technology, the REMO2ô
device provides injured divers with high concentrations
of emergency oxygen for extended periods. This training
course instructs the Oxygen Provider in the use of DAN's
new REMO2ô system.
||On-Site Neurological Assessment for Divers
Learn how to conduct a neurological assessment on a
potentially injured diver in this course. The information
gained in this assessment can help convince a diver
of the need for oxygen first aid, and help a dive physician
determine the proper treatment.
Accident First Aid for Non-Divers
This program is designed for nondivers and teaches them
how to recognize the warning signs of decompression
illness and help provide care for a diver involved in
a dive emergency.
First Aid for Professional Divers
This program is intended for divers who are required
to have first aid, CPR and oxygen first aid training
prior to diving as part of their job responsibilities.
It combines the key skills of CPR and first aid training
with the DAN Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries,
AEDs for Scuba Diving and First Aid for Hazardous Marine
Life Injuries courses.
||Diving Emergency Management Provider Program
Learn the knowledge and skills from several courses
into one single approach to dive emergency management.
||Diving Emergency Specialist (DES)
Learn about DANís new recognition program for divers
who are interested in dive safety.
Take the next step in diving education. Become a DMT
and learn about providing care for divers involved in
To become a DAN Instructor you must complete the Instructor
Qualification Course (IQC). Instructor Candidates will
complete a Core Module that offers more information
about DAN and explains how to teach DAN programs. Candidates
will then complete the course module for each DAN Training
Program they are interested in teaching.
This program teaches scuba diving Instructor Trainers
to teach the DAN Instructor Qualification Course and
train DAN Instructors. Only DAN Staff Members can offer
Diving Emergency Specialist
Learn about DANís new recognition program for divers who
are interested in dive safety.
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Oxygen first aid is considered to be the most effective
first aid treatment for a diver injured while diving, after
ensuring the diver's airway, breathing and circulation.
Several resources are provided in order to improve access
to emergency oxygen.
Through the Oxygen Grant Program, DAN provides emergency
oxygen units to deserving public safety diving teams and/or
organizations that can demonstrate critical operational
and financial need.
Matching Grant Program
Recognizing the life-saving potential of AEDs, DAN established
the AED Matching Grant Program to provide matching money
to dive operations, dive destinations and dive groups who
wish to purchase an AED and make it available to divers.
Rescuers who use first aid skills learned in DAN Training
Programs to care for injured divers can receive recognition
from DAN. Find out more about this important program or
recommend someone for recognition.
It is a rare event when a dive emergency is a single event.
More often than not, separate small problems compound to
create a larger problem.
Divers and dive professionals interested in understanding
first aid care for dive emergencies can now take the Diving
Emergency Management Provider course from a DAN Instructor.
This single program integrates the knowledge and skills
from several DAN Training Programs into a single eight-hour
The Diving Emergency Management Provider course includes: