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Why DAN

 

Whether it is being on the scene of an accident or witnessing a health-related emergency, most people will be involved in a crisis at some point in their lives. Are you prepared to help? Do you have the skills to respond quickly?

Developed by medical experts, DAN’s courses are easy to understand and designed to provide you with the skills and confidence you need to respond in emergency situations. DAN first aid courses prepare divers to manage injuries related to scuba diving. All courses meet the 2010 ILCOR and AHA CPR guidelines. The training can also extend to other environments. Isn’t it worth a few hours one evening or weekend to learn the skills that could save a life?

Developed by Dive Medicine Physicians and Scuba Diving Educators 

Divers Alert Network is Your Dive Safety Association

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Divers Alert Network is Your Dive Safety Association

 DAN is Divers Alert Network, the diving industry’s largest association  dedicated to scuba diving safety. Serving scuba divers for more than 30  years, DAN provides emergency assistance, medical information resources,  educational opportunities and more. Whether you are just learning how  to scuba dive or are a veteran of the sport, DAN has a great deal to  offer you. 

Dive Accident Insurance

 DAN is supported by membership dues and dive accident insurance. Through  its nonprofit efforts DAN first recognized the need for scuba divers to  have insurance to help cover the cost of treatment for scuba diving  injuries. DAN fulfilled that need by developing diving’s first dive  accident insurance program, still the industry leader 25 years later. 

Diver Safety Resources

 One of DAN’s best-known resources is the 24-hour DAN Emergency Hotline,  which stands ready every hour of the day to help scuba divers in need.  But DAN offers a number of non-emergency resources as well, including  the DAN Information Line, medical FAQs, online seminars and video  lectures, real-time webinars, articles, quizzes and more. 

Divers Helping Divers

 DAN has always been about the partnership between our organization and  the scuba divers who support it.  DAN Members enjoy great benefits,  including TravelAssist, Alert Diver magazine, WorldCue® Planner and  access to industry-leading insurance products. But the best benefit is  being a part of and supporting the largest association of scuba divers  dedicated to diving safety.  

DAN Courses

Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries

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 When a diving accident occurs, being able to recognize the problem and  respond with the appropriate care can speed the diver's recovery and  minimize lasting effects. Oxygen first aid provides needed oxygen to  body tissues, enhances the elimination of inert gases such as nitrogen  obtained from breathing gases, and helps shrink any gas bubbles that may  have developed during ascent — bubbles that contribute to decompression  sickness and arterial gas embolism. Supplemental oxygen also can help  minimize or eliminate existing symptoms and reduce further injury until  medical services are engaged. 

First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries

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 Divers may experience unintentional encounters with fire coral,  jellyfish and other marine creatures. Any time a person enters the  marine environment there is a chance of being stung, bitten or cut. This  course will teach you where you can expect to encounter potentially  hazardous marine life and how to provide first aid when injuries occur.  The more you know about the marine environment, the greater your chances  of having safe, memorable dives. 

Basic Life Support: CPR and First Aid

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 The American Heart Association states that cardiopulmonary resuscitation  (CPR) provided by a bystander immediately after sudden cardiac arrest  can double or triple a victim's chance of survival. Brain death starts  to occur four to six minutes after someone experiences cardiac arrest if  no CPR and defibrillation occurs during that time. This course will  help prepare you to handle cardiovascular events and other  life-threatening incidents. Meets ILCOR/AHA 2015 Guidelines. 

Neurological Assessment

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 Stroke is the third-leading cause of death and the leading cause of  long-term disability according to the American Heart Association.  Decompression illness (DCI) can present as a neurological injury  associated with scuba diving. Rapid recognition of and response to a  suspected neurological injury, regardless of cause, can help convince
the  injured person of the need for emergency oxygen and help the responder  monitor the injured person's condition and report findings to emergency  medical services (EMS). 

Diving Emergency Management Provider

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 When a dive accident occurs, multiple things happen. Separate small  problems can compound to create a larger problem. DAN's Diving Emergency  Management Provider (DEMP) program prepares you to handle the kinds of  multifaceted accidents that may occur. It's an easy and fast way to take  four of DAN's core first-aid courses in one program. 

Diving First Aid for Professional Divers

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 People who dive as a part of their job or volunteer duties often need  first-aid training to manage unique situations that may occur. DAN's  Diving First Aid for Professional Divers (DFA Pro) course is designed  for commercial, professional, aquarium and scientific divers, providing  first-aid knowledge and skills specific to these work environments. It  also provides rescue management skills for dive masters and dive  instructors.