DAN Dive Safety Courses

Divers Alert Network Courses Oxygen First Aid Provider
The Underwater Connection is proud to be a Diver's Alert Network Business Member, and as such we also offer the DAN/PADI Oxygen First Aid Course. This course is designed to help fulfill DAN's mission statement of having oxygen available at every dive site and someone trained in it's use present as well. During this course, we review basic diving physiology, how nitrogen forms bubbles, and how these bubbles contribute to diving emergencies. The use of oxygen as a temporary treatment is part of the classwork, along with a discussion of the different types of oxygen delivery equipment that is avaialble today. We actually use oxygen equipment during practice sessions, to make you more confident when a diving emergency does arise. There is no prerequisite for this class other than being CPR certified, which can be done during our Emergency First Response Course.

Diving Emergency Management Provider
From the student handbook:
"Often when a diver is injured, there are several things happening: a diver could be stung by a jellyfish and have an allergic reaction, a diver may panic underwater , experience an air embolism and have a heart attack; or a diver may suffer a puncture wound from wreck debris."

During the Diving Emergency Management Provider course, participants will learn how to handle diving emergencies ranging from simple stings to decompression illness and arterial gas embolisms from a layperson's standpoint. In this single program, students will learn the basics of providing emergency oxygen to injured divers, first aid for hazardous marine life, as well as Automated External Defibrillator use for Scuba emergencies.

The course generally runs about 6-8 hours, depending on the number of students, their skill level, and their ability to process the information.

There are no prerequisites for this program, other than previous training in CPR. Training in basic first aid will be beneficial.

The course fee includes Student Handbook and certification card.

Basic Life Support for Dive Professionals
BLSPRO is designed to provide students with the essential knowledge and skills necessary to restore, support, or protect the life of a suddenly ill or injured person until care can be transferred to someone with equal or greater qualifications. BLSPRO is a video-driven, skill-based program. The program contains instruction in medical procedures that may be performed by those persons with a legal duty to act. Who should take this class? Divemasters, Instructors, EMTs, Nurses, and others who have a legal duty to care for an injured person. We deal with advanced level resuscitation techniques.
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First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life
Do you dive in the ocean? Do you know what could harm you? Do you know what to do if you are stung, or you get a scrape or cut while underwater? This course represents entry-level training designed to educate the general diving public to identify possibly hazardous marine life, to recognize possible injuries from hazardous marine life, as well as the basic first aid techniques for dealing with marine life injuries.

Onsite Neurological Assessment for Divers
This 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 with the past two years. During the course, we review your knowledge of the warning signs of a dive emergency, identify when it is appropriate to conduct a neurological assessment, and lastly, how to perform a neurological assessment on an injured diver.

Diving 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. The DAN Diving First Aid for Professional Divers course represents training specifically designed for divers who dive as part of their job duties. It is not appropriate or designed for recreational divers. Students for this course must have an affiliation with an aquarium, public safety dive team, commercial or scientific diving operation.

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We also offer both Provider as well as Instructor Level Classes in DAN programs. Contact our Colin Zylka, DAN Instructor Trainer at colin@uwconnection.com