DAN DIVING FIRST AID FOR PROFESSIONAL DIVERS (DFA PRO INSTRUCTOR)

WHY BECOME A DAN DFA PRO INSTRUCTOR?

A DAN DFA Pro Instructor knows scuba diving is an extreme sport.  There are ways to dive safely, and we learn and practice these from our first breaths underwater.  Sometimes, things beyond our control can cause accidents.  Even if we do everything right, there is the possibility of error, malfunction, or problems arising.  The longer you dive, the more likely you are to run into one of these situations.  This is not just true in scuba diving, but in everyday life as well.

The DAN Diving First Aid for Professional Divers Instructor (DAN DFA Pro Instructor) Course prepares diving professionals for these circumstances.  Dive pros have distinct training and experience in diving environments.  They have a higher level of responsibility to respond to diving-related accidents.  This training matches that higher level of duty and care.  Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise needed for incidents in diving environments.

The DAN DFA Pro Instructor Course certifies dive professionals (active-status Divemaster or above) to teach an array of DAN first aid courses.  Take your education and training abilities to the next level.  Find out more about these courses.

 

DAN DFA PRO INSTRUCTOR COURSE OVERVIEW

Course Overview

The DAN DFA Pro Instructor Course is designed for dive professionals who dive as part of their job or volunteer duties.  It is suitable for professional divers in commercial, professional, aquarium, and scientific settings.  First-aid knowledge and skills specific to these environments are taught and practiced throughout the course.  The DAN DFA Pro course has the most comprehensive first-aid training in the dive industry.

Gain the ability to confidently manage dive incidents.  Learn how to mitigate risk in dive settings.  Become a dive professional with an invaluable set of skills that are crucial in many emergencies.

DAN DFA Pro Instructor includes all of DAN’s core first aid courses.  It provides further resources and information to assist dive professionals anywhere.  This course satisfies the U.S. Coast Guard’s CPR and first aid requirement for Captains and mates.  It also complies with OSHA regulations and other institutional requirements.  Completion of the DAN DFA Pro Course grants dive professionals teaching status for DAN first aid courses.

Prerequisites:

Before diving in, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a current DAN Membership
  • Active status dive educator (Divemaster, dive instructor, dive controller or above)

DAN CORE FIRST AID COURSES

Courses Overview

All of DAN’s core first aid courses are designed by diving educators and dive medicine physicians.  Special training in these fields gives unique vantage points to dive accidents.  All core first aid courses meet ILCOR and AHA guidelines.

Gain a comprehensive understanding of the different kinds of dive incidents.  Learn what problems to expect.  Understand the signs and symptoms of those involved.  Improve response skills.  Practice techniques in controlled settings.  Leave with confidence and a better understanding of dive accidents.

These courses are bundled together or offered a-la-carte.  They can be completed as part of the Resort Operations Career Program or the DAN DFA Pro Instructor Course.  The core first aid courses include:

  • Basic Life Support: CPR and First Aid (BLS)
  • Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries (EO2)
  • First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life (HMLI)
  • Neurological Assessment (Neuro)
  • Diving Emergency Management Provider (DEMP)
  • CPR Healthcare Provider (CPR HCP)
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BASIC LIFE SUPPORT: CPR & FIRST AID

Get back to the basics.  Build on a solid foundation.  This course covers life-threatening illnesses and injuries.  Learn to provide life-saving care until Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrives.  BLS familiarizes students with signs and symptoms in life-threatening scenarios.  Develop the skills needed to respond properly.

Learn about the basics of cardiovascular disease, shock, choking, and external bleeding.  Recognize the signs and respond appropriately.  Practice one-person CPR and learn to use automatic external defibrillators.  Train for proper bleeding management.  Know how to assist choking victims and someone in shock.  Find out how to conduct secondary assessments and provide splints or bandages.

EMERGENCY OXYGEN FOR SCUBA DIVING INJURIES

Emergency oxygen can aid in the recovery of an injured diver.  It can minimize the lasting effects of decompression illness (DCI).  An early response can give someone suffering from DCI the best chance at a positive outcome.

As a DAN DFA Pro, learn how to administer emergency oxygen.  Understand how to recognize the signs and symptoms of DCI.  Find out about decompression sickness (DCS) and lung overexpansion injuries.  Both are rare and symptoms are often unnoticeable.  Oxygen first aid can make the difference in recovery and lifelong injury or death.  Equip yourself with the training to make the difference.

These are not only useful skills in scuba diving.  Administering emergency oxygen can be crucial in other activities.

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FIRST AID FOR HAZARDOUS MARINE LIFE

Injuries from hazardous marine life are rare.  However, anytime we go in a marine environment there is the possibility of being stung, cut, or bitten.  Any water enthusiast benefits from knowing how to treat and prevent these encounters.

Learn to identify and respond to different marine life injuries.  Gain the skills needed to treat them.  Know how to avoid them altogether with this course.

NEUROLOGICAL ASSESSMENT

Neurological injuries are the leading cause of long-term disability.  Stroke and neurological decompression sickness can be nearly indistinguishable. Learn how to recognize the key signs.  Early and rapid intervention can make a huge difference in one’s recovery.

In the course, practice performing neurological assessments.  Know what to look out for.  Understand what information is needed to pass along to EMS.  Proper response can shorten recovery times and benefit long-term outcomes.

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Diving Emergency Management Provider

This integrated course combines the above four DAN first aid courses into one.  The comprehensive course covers Basic Life Support: CPR and First Aid, Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries, First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life, and Neurological Assessment.

DAN DFA Pros, divers, and surface support alike benefit from the information in this course. Prepare for a variety of dive emergencies.  Gain skill sets that encompass all sorts of diving incidents.  Learn to respond to different kinds of dive emergencies.  Know what to do in emergency situations until EMS arrives.

CPR Healthcare Provider

At some point in life, you may witness a cardiac emergency.  Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death worldwide.  Knowing how to respond appropriately greatly impacts a person’s chance of survival.

Learn how to respond.  The course teaches how to provide one-person CPR, as well as team-based CPR and first-aid responses.  Understand how to assist adults, children, and infants.  Know how to check vital signs.  Gain life-saving skills and know how to react as a team in certain emergencies.

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