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Below, divers have options for the type of course they are looking to take. Each Agency offers courses designed specifically for a particular type of diving that piques their interests.
Pool Lesson for Referral
Pool lessons are for students who are doing the open water course and have finished all of the theory classes. Get some practical experience before your first dive.
Rescue Diver Refresher Course
Update and review the knowledge and skill level necessary to effectively perform a diver rescues and assist and administer the necessary first aid in the event of an emergency.
Advanced Scuba Diver Development Program
In SDI Advanced Scuba Diver Development Program your instructor will take you through four complete SDI, TDI, or ERDI specialty courses covering all the skills and subjects, so that by the end you will feel comfortable to conduct dives of a similar nature.
The SDI Divemaster Course is the first professional level certification. During the course you will learn how to work with divers, lead certified divers, and act as a dive guide showing divers underwater dive sites and the marine life that inhabits those dives sites.
O2 / CPR & First Aid
Promoting dive safety through education is at the core of DAN’s mission. We offer first-class dive safety training and education to divers, dive professionals, dive center operators and medical professionals. Developed by dive medicine physicians and diving educators, DAN’s courses are easy to understand and designed to provide you with the skills and confidence you need to respond in emergencies. DAN first aid courses prepare people to manage injuries related to scuba diving as well as those that occur in other settings. All courses are ILCOR & AHA Compliant. We provide Courses for the Professional Diver & Health Care Provider.
Basic Life Support: CPR and First Aid (BLS)
This fundamental course prepares you to provide proper care for life-threatening illnesses or injuries until professional emergency medical care is available. The life-support skills taught in this course include one-person CPR, use of automatic external defibrillators, bleeding management, assisting a choking victim and responding to a person in shock. The first aid skills taught include conducting secondary assessments, splinting and responding to medical emergencies.
This course is also approved by the U.S. Coast Guard as meeting the CPR and first aid requirements for captain and mate licenses.
Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries (EO2)
Administering emergency oxygen is the preferred first aid for scuba diving injuries, and early administration can drastically improve the outcome for an injured diver. The DAN Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries course teaches you how to administer life-saving oxygen first aid to divers who may be suffering from decompression illness (DCI). Additionally, this course will teach you how to recognize the signs and symptoms of decompression illness and respond to them accordingly. The emergency response skills taught in this course are not unique to scuba diving; they’re applicable to many other watersports and other activities.
Note: Current DAN BLS: CPR & FA, CPR: HCP provider or other nationally recognized full CPR training is prerequisite to this course
First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries (HMLI)
Whether you venture into the ocean or simply consume food from it, hazardous marine life injuries can happen. Learn how to properly assess and handle these situations if they occur despite your efforts to prevent them in DAN’s First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries course will give you the knowledge you need to identify specific types of marine life injuries and the first aid skills to treat them.
Neurological Assessment (Neuro)
DAN’s Neurological Assessment course teaches you how to properly manage injuries with neurological implications. You will learn to recognize these injuries and properly perform a neurological assessment. You’ll also learn what information to collect and relay to emergency medical services. Recognizing symptoms and responding quickly can shorten recovery times and improve long-term outcomes.
Diving Emergency Management Provider (DEMP)
People who are interested in understanding first aid care for a variety of diving scenarios are encouraged to take the Diving Emergency Management Provider course. This course focuses specifically on diving injuries and provides divers and their surface support teams with first aid training for interim care until emergency medical services are available. The course integrates the knowledge and skills from four core DAN first aid courses (BLS: CPR & FA, EO2, Neuro, and HMLI) into a single course to focus on first aid care specifically for dive-related events.
Courses For Professional Divers & Health Care Providers
Professional divers have unique responsibilities and a duty to respond to unique situations; their first-aid training should not be any less unique. Our courses are designed for commercial, professional, aquarium and scientific divers, and it provides knowledge and first-aid skills specifically for these work environments. The DFA Pro is also approved by the U.S. Coast Guard as meeting the CPR and first aid requirements for captain and mate licenses. It has also been accepted by the American Camp Association for staff CPR and first aid requirements.
CPR: Health Care Provider with First Aid (HCP)
Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death worldwide, and witnessing a cardiac emergency in a diving context or your daily life is not unlikely. Taking the DAN CPR: Health Care Provider with First Aid course will help prepare you to handle these events and other life-threatening incidents.
This course will teach you one- and two-person CPR for adults, children and infants. It also covers how to check vital signs and teaches suctioning skills that may be necessary to protect an injured person’s airway, especially in aquatic environments.
Diving First Aid for Professional Divers (DFA Pro)
Professional divers have unique responsibilities and a duty to respond to unique situations; their first-aid training should not be any less unique. DAN’s Diving First Aid for Professional Divers course is designed for commercial, professional, aquarium and scientific divers, and it provides knowledge and first-aid skills specifically for these work environments. It is the most comprehen¬sive first aid course in the dive industry, and taking this course gives Divemasters and dive instructors an indis-pensable set of risk-mitigation skills.
DFA Pro includes all elements of all DAN core first aid courses plus additional information and resources applicable to dive professionals in a variety of settings. This course is also approved by the U.S. Coast Guard as meeting the CPR and first aid requirements for captain and mate licenses. It has also been accepted by the American Camp Association for staff CPR and first aid requirements.
Become An Instructor
Interested in joining the DAN team as an instructor? Check out our programs for becoming an instructor or crossing over from another agency.
First Response Training International provides CPR, First Aid, and Layperson Rescue Training for caregivers, personal trainers, construction workers, and anyone else who potentially may need these life-saving skills. Our training is highly effective because it combines eLearning with focused hands-on skills development – a proven, efficient way to learn how to save lives. Our trainings meets all international standards, is OSHA* and ILCOR compliant, and has been accepted by the United States Coast Guard (USCG).
Airborne Pathogens Workplace Training
Pathogens such as coronavirus, the flu and others can spread quickly in the workplace. For this reason, it is imperative that companies take all of the necessary precautions to ensure the workplace stays safe.
Underwater Citizen Science Program
To enter the program you must be certified as an Advanced Adventure and Rescue Diver. You will begin training in Phase I and accumulate training hours in each phase. Until you have the necessary hours to participate in the Research Diver, or Underwater Citizen Scientist or Scientific Diver Course.
Phase 1 – Safety Procedures & Techniques
Select from the following courses to complete a minimum of 40 hours or a maximum of 63 hours.
Phase II – Scientific Methods & Data Gathering
Select from the following courses to complete a minimum of 40 hours or a maximum of 73 hours
Project AWARE Specialist
The Project AWARE Specialty course is an introduction to the global AWARE movement for ocean protection. It focuses and expands on the 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet. Through interactive discussions, you’ll learn how you can make a difference for ocean protection every time you dive or travel.
Macroalgae play important roles in the ecology of coral reefs. Could be important idicattors of coral reefs status. Learn to recongnize what type of algae you see.
Phase III – Scientific Protocols & Self Sufficiency
Select from the following courses to complete a minimum of 40 hours or a maximum of 80 hours
Seagrasses are underwater flowering plants that often occur in vast meadows and provide nurseries, shelter, and food for a variety of commercially, recreationally, and ecologically important species.
AGRRA monitoring protocol
Learn how to perform a AGRRA Benthos Survey, Coral Condition, AGRRA fish survey and prepare your equipment for the surveys.
Phase IV– Standards, Techniques & Examination
Course options will be established based on the number of hours accumulated by the candidate and the number of dives completed to date.
Underwater Citizen Science Diver Certification Program
Our Program trains and supports students, technicians, and volunteers in the use of underwater techniques and technology necessary to safely conduct their research in underwater environments.
Through the promulgation of effective standards, thorough training, and broad science support and oversight, our Citizen Scientific Diving Program promotes diving safety and scientific productivity.
Scientific Diving Certification Program
Scientific diving programs allow research diving teams to operate under an exemption from OSHA commercial diving regulations. To become a certified scientific diver, persons must meet training standards higher than for entry level recreational diving and demonstrate acceptable levels of competence.
Our scientific diver training meets the standards of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS). Standards require a minimum of 200 hours of theoretical and practical training. These may be achieved through a scientific diver course, a combination of our Underwater Citizen Science Program courses and advanced recreational dive training.