Diving has a great safety record.
But the underwater environment is a foreign one.
That means accidents can happen.
A diver who is trained to deal with dive specific accidents has a better chance of avoiding accidents and will know better how to deal with one if it should occur.
Divers Alert Network
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.
24-hour DAN Emergency Hotline-1-919-684-9111
DAN Medical Information Line-1-919-684-2948
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.
We offer the Instructor level of many of these classes.
Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries
Learn how to provide vital first aid for a diver with decompression illness. This course provides entry-level training in the recognition and management of diving-related injuries. [Qualifies for a PADI Distinctive Specialty certification] $75 including materials.
Advanced Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries
This advanced-level program teaches you how to use a bag-valve mask and a flow-restricted oxygen-powered ventillator when caring for a non-breathing injured diver. $75 including materials.
First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries
While serious marine life injuries are rare, divers occasionally experience minor discomfort from unintentional contact with fire coral, jellyfish and other marine creates. You'll learn how to minimize these injuries and reduce discomfort and pain. [Qualifies for a PADI Distinctive Specialty certification] $75 including materials.
Automated External Defibrillators for Scuba Diving
Many dive fatalities are actually caused by cardiovascular disease. This course teaches you how to provide care for sudden cardiac arrest. [Qualifies for a PADI Distinctive Specialty certification] $75 including materials.
On-Site Neurological Assessment for Divers
You'll learn how to conduct a neurological assessment on a potentially injured diver. This information can help convince a diver of the need for oxygen first aid and help a dive physician determine proper treatment. $75 including materials.
Basic Life Support for Dive Professionals
Learn how to do it like the pros. Since diving often takes place in remote locations, more advanced care may be needed. BLSPro teaches you how to provide basic life support at the healthcare-provider level. $250 including materials.
Diving Emergency Management Provider (DEMP) Program
DEMP integrates Oxygen First Aid, Advanced Oxygen, Hazardous Marine Life injuries and AED for Scuba into a single course. Unnecessary repitition is eliminated so more time can be spent on skill development and scenario practice. [You can earn three PADI Distinctive Specialty ratings in this program!] $300 including materials.
Diving Medicine for Divers
Basic first aid techniques not enough? Still have questions? Dive Medicine is for you. This modular course includes sections on Dive Fitness, Safety Planning and basic physical exams. Dive Medicine requires DEMP & On-Site Neuro, which can be integrated as part of the course. $400 (including DEMP & On-site Neuro). $100 (if you've already completed DEMP & Neuro)
Instructor Qualification Course
To become a DAN Instructor, you must complete the Instructor Qualification Course (IQC). This program is open to dive leaders (Divemaster or higher) that are also CPR/First Aid Instructors.
Dive Emergency Specialist (DES)
To recognize divers that are committed to dive safety, DAN has created the DES recognition program. To earn this recognition, you must hold a current certification in Oxygen First Aid plus three other DAN training programs, a current cpr/first aid certification and a rescue-level certification. [There is an application fee paid to DAN.]
DAN classes are taught on a rotational basis. Most classes only take a few hours when either independent or online study is completed before the class. Dive Medicine for Divers, including DEMP and Neuro, typically takes 12-16 hours and can be taught over a weekend. Please see Dive Utah for upcoming classes. However any can be taught on a semi-private basis at any time.