Divers Alert Network (DAN)

 Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries
Cost: $85This course trains the general diving (and qualified non-diving) public in recognizing possible dive related injuries and providing emergency oxygen first aid while activating the local emergency medical services (EMS) and/or arranging for evacuation to the nearest available medical facility.Learning Objectives:

  • Be familiar with the signs and symptoms of major diving injuries including near drowning and decompression illnesses (arterial gas embolism and decompression sickness).
  • Demonstrate proper deployment, assembly, disassembly, and use of all components of the DAN Oxygen Unit. This includes use of the demand inhalator valve / mask, constant flow (delivering oxygen at least 15 lpm), non-rebreather mask and oronasal resuscitation mask with supplemental oxygen inlet.
Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries
Classes offered upon request.

 Oxygen First Aid for Aquatic Emergencies
For nearly a decade, DAN has preached the benefits of providing oxygen to injured scuba divers. During that time more than 80,000 people worldwide have been trained in this first aid skill. In March of 1999, DAN Services, Inc., a wholly owned for-profit subsidiary of Divers Alert Network, launched the Oxygen First Aid for Aquatic Emergencies (Aquatics) program. Its goal is to extend the life-saving skills of oxygen first aid to people who live and play in and around water.Providing high concentrations of oxygen to near-drowning victims in the first few minutes after rescue can prevent serious or even fatal complications.This course is designed to educate the public to recognize possible aquatic related injuries and to provide emergency oxygen first aid while activating the local emergency medical services (EMS) and / or arranging for evacuation to the nearest medical facility.Learning Objectives

  • Describe the role and function of the cardiac and respiratory systems in the human body.
  • Identify and describe the major causes of aquatic accidents.
  • Describe the mechanisms of drowning.
  • Describe the benefits to the victim of using oxygen first aid.
 Oxygen First Aid for Aquatic Emergencies
 Classes offered upon request.
 

 Advanced Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries
This module is an advanced-level program that provides additional training for those individuals who have successfully completed the DAN Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries course within the past year (12 months). It is designed to train DAN Oxygen Providers to use the MTV-100 or a Bag Valve Mask (BVM) while providing care for a non-breathing injured diver and activating the local emergency medical services (EMS) and / or arranging for evacuation to the nearest available medical facility.Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate how to assemble and prepare the Manually Triggered Ventilator (MTV) and Bag Valve Mask (BVM).
  • State the benefits of using the Manually Triggered Ventilator (MTV) and Bag Valve Mask (BVM) for a non-breathing diver.
  • Demonstrate how to provide Oxygen First Aid with the MTV resuscitator on a breathing and non-breathing diver.
  • Demonstrate how to provide Oxygen First Aid with the Bag Valve Mask to a non-breathing diver.

Prerequisites:

  • DAN Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving InjuriesThis course does not provide complete training for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or advanced airway management skills.
 Advanced Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries
 Classes offered upon request.

 First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries
Although serious hazardous marine life injuries are rare, most divers experience minor discomfort from unintentional encounters with fire coral, jellyfish and other marine creatures at some point in their dive careers. Knowing how to minimize these injuries helps you reduce diver discomfort and pain. This course provides knowledge regarding specific types of marine creature injuries and the general first aid treatment for those injuries.Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the four types of hazardous marine life injuries.
  • Name aquatic animals that may injure a diver.
  • List warning signs of hazardous marine life injury.
  • Describe the appropriate first aid procedure for managing hazardous marine life injuries.
  • Perform and maintain a scene safety assessment.
  • Perform rescue breathing for an injured diver.
  • Demonstrate the techniques for controlling bleeding.
  • Apply dressings and bandages to manage wounds caused by hazardous marine life.
  • Demonstrate an ongoing assessment and manage shock.
  • List the components of an Emergency Assistance Plan.
  • Describe at least five techniques or guidelines that minimize the risk of injury from marine animals.This course does not provide training for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or scuba diving rescue.
 First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries
 Classes offered upon request.

 Automated External Defibrillators for Scuba Diving
This entry-level course trains the general diving (and qualified non-diving) public to better recognize the warning signs of Sudden Cardiac Arrest and administer first aid using Basic Life Support techniques and Automated External Defibrillators while activating the local emergency medical services, (EMS) and / or arranging for evacuation to the nearest appropriate medical facility.Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest.
  • Provide Basic Life Support while setting up the automated external defibrillator.
  • Provide basic life support with an AED.
  • Care for and maintain an AED.
 Automated External Defibrillators for Scuba Diving
 Classes offered upon request.

 Automated External Defibrillators for Aquatic Emergencies
This entry-level course trains the general public to better recognize the warning signs of Sudden Cardiac Arrest and administer first aid using Basic Life Support techniques and Automated External Defibrillators while activating the local emergency medical services (EMS) and / or arranging for evacuation to the nearest appropriate medical facility.Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest.
  • Provide Basic Life Support while setting up the automated external defibrillator.
  • Provide basic life support with an AED.
  • Care for and maintain an AED.
 Automated External Defibrillators for Aquatic Emergencies
 Classes offered upon request.

 Basic Life Support for Dive Professionals
This professional-level basic life support program teaches advanced skills to dive professionals, divers who find themselves in remote situations where emergency help is not immediately available, and individuals who are involved with diving.Learning Objectives:

  • Initial assessment
  • Airway management
  • Breathing and ventilation
  • Circulation
  • Including AED use
  • Control of bleeding
  • Shock management
  • Ongoing assessment

Skills learned in this program that set it apart from lay-provider level CPR courses include:

  • Two-person CPR
  • Ventilation using a bag valve mask
  • Finger sweep
  • Suctioning
  • Cricoid pressure
  • Technique for caring for an unconscious choking victim

 

 Basic Life Support for Dive Professionals
 Classes offered upon request.

 Remote Emergency Medical Oxygen (REMO2™)
This course is an additional training module for those individuals who have successfully completed the DAN Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries course within the past 12 months. It trains DAN Oxygen Providers to recognize diving injuries where the DAN REMO2 System will be an effective method of providing emergency oxygen first aid and how to assemble and provide emergency oxygen first aid using the DAN REMO2 System. The DAN REMO2 System will benefit a responsive and breathing injured diver where there is substantial distance to the nearest medical facility or delay to the next level of emergency response.Learning Objectives:

  • Determine when it is appropriate to deploy the REMO2 unit.
  • Set up the system.
  • Use the system with a DAN Oxygen Unit to provide oxygen first aid to a conscious, breathing, injured diver.

Prerequisites:

  • DAN Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries

 

 Remote Emergency Medical Oxygen (REMO2™)
 Classes offered upon request.

 On-Site Neurological Assessment for Divers
This program focuses on how to obtain essential information about a diver involved in a dive emergency and what information to relay to emergency medical services. Only medical professionals should diagnose medical conditions. The information you gather while performing a neurological assessment will be useful to help the dive physician understand the extent of the injury and how it has changed in the time it took to get the diver from the dive site to definitive care.Learning Objectives:

  • Understand and identify common warning signs of decompression illness.
  • Take a dive history to determine when it is appropriate to conduct a complete On-Site Neurological Assessment.
  • Use an On-Site Neurological Assessment Slate to conduct a complete On-Site Neurological Assessment.

 

 On-Site Neurological Assessment for Divers
 Classes offered upon request.

 Diving Emergency Management Provider Program (DEMP)
Cost: $130DAN offers several dive-oriented first aid training programs. Because these courses are often taught independently, there is repetitive information and skills. The Diving Emergency Management Provider program allows DAN Instructors to offer an integrated program to train divers to learn the information and skills in DAN Training Programs, at a significant savings of time, but without sacrificing any skills.After reviewing the skills and knowledge development portions of this program, the students then participate in an integrated scenario where they get the opportunity to bring together all of the skills they learned in each of the segments into a single scenario.Course Includes:

Learning Objectives:

  • Train divers to respond to dive emergencies in a single comprehensive package. This is not a new training program from DAN. Rather, it is an all-inclusive method of presenting and promoting DAN Training Programs.

Prerequisites:

  • Current CPR Certification
 Diving Emergency Management Provider Program
 Classes offered upon request.

 Diving Emergency Specialist (DES)
Continuing education is an important way for divers to continue to hone their diving skills and improve as divers. Divers Alert Network understands the importance of being an active and involved diver who takes the time to learn about not just new dive techniques, but techniques to care for yourself and others injured in a dive accident. To recognize this commitment to dive safety, DAN has created a recognition program called Diving Emergency Specialist. The DES designation is a way to commend divers who have sought out the training they need to be prepared buddies and safer divers.To earn this recognition, divers must hold current certifications in:

If you have taken a Diving Emergency Management Provider class, it must have included Advanced O2 and that must be reflected on your certification card.

You must also hold:

  • a rescue-level certification or higher with your training agency; and
  • current CPR and first aid certifications.

This program is open to any diver.
 

 Diving Emergency Specialist
 To receive this recognition, submit your application (PDF: 51 KB)
directly to DAN Training with photocopies of all the required certifications
and the $20 application fee.
 DES recognition includes a:

  • plastic Diving Emergency Specialist certification card;
  • DES certificate; and
  • DES shoulder patch.

 As a DES recognized diver, you will also receive:

  • invitations to preview future DAN Online Seminars before they are released to public at no charge; and
  • a coupon good for 10% off oxygen units or accessories.

 Download the DES Application (PDF: 51 KB)