DAN Course Pre-requisites

To enroll in a DAN Course a Student Must Meet the following pre-requisites:

  • Be a certified Scuba Diver or Higher

  • Have current training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

  • Have documentation of first aid training for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries course

Required Materials for all courses:

  • DAN Student crew pack for each course you plan on taking.



The Diving Emergency Management Program (DEMP) combines the Dan O2, Hazardous Marine Life Injuries, Nero and BLS into one streamlined course.  The course is designed to eliminate the repetitive steps in each course and allow the rating (DEMP) to be achieved in one 6 - 8 hour course.    To teach this course you must hold ratings in all of the required courses.  This is perfect for the new instructor wanting to offer multiple DAN Courses or the DEMP rating to their students.   

$400.00 (Additional materials, fees and expenses may be required and are not included)

DAN BLS Course (CPR and First Aid)

This program is a lay provider course, designed to teach basic life support and first aid in five to six hours. Basic Life Support, or BLS, includes airway management skills such as the log roll and recovery position, one rescuer cardiopulmonary resuscitation and additional skills like caring for a choking patient, controlling bleeding and caring for a patient in shock. The first aid portion of this program includes key skills such as illness and injury assessments, bandaging and splinting skills and emergency moves.

This program meets current American Heart Association and International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) guidelines on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiac Care. It is an instructor-led program featuring skills demonstrations, both in video and live, and skill practice with manikins.


$40.00 (Additional materials, fees and expenses may be required and are not included)


DAN O2 Course 

This is a popular DAN course that is a must for all divers.  It teaches entry-level training to better recognize possible dive-related injuries and to provide emergency oxygen first aid while activating the local emergency medical services (EMS).


$130.00 (Additional materials, fees and expenses may be required and are not included)


 DAN On-Site Neurological Assessment  Course 

Learn how to conduct a neurological assessment on a potentially injured diver in this course. The information gained in this assessment can help convince a diver of the need for oxygen first aid, and help a dive physician determine the proper treatment.

Approximately two-thirds of divers with decompression illness have evidence of damage to the nervous system. These signs are often vague and can go unrecognized by the diver. This can cause them to be dismissed as insignificant or not dive-related.


$89.00 (Course  materials included; additional materials, fees and expenses may be required and are not included)


Pre-requisites:  Current in DAN O2 provider (24 months)



DAN Basic Life Support For Health Care Providers 

The remote nature of dive accidents, whether a few hours from shore or days from civilization, frequently requires more advanced levels of care than are offered by traditional or entry-level CPR programs. DAN Instructors and Instructor Trainers will now be able to offer a healthcare provider-level basic life support program for their student and divers.

Called Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers (BLSHCP), this program is ideal for dive professionals and divers interested in understanding professional-level resuscitation techniques. This program is designed to be applicable to the diving market, including scenes and scenarios from dive situations, as well as the non-diving/healthcare market.

Coupled with DANís existing Training Programs and the new Advanced Oxygen First Aid program, DAN Instructors and Instructor Trainers will now be able to offer a complete diving emergency program.

This program also addresses basic life support skills for adults, children and infants.

Skills learned in this program that set it apart from lay-provider level CPR courses include:

  • two-person CPR;

  • ventilation using a bag valve mask;

  • finger sweep;

  • suctioning;

  • cricoid pressure; and

  • the technique for caring for an unconscious choking victim.

Basic Life Support for Dive Professionals is a professional-level basic life support program designed to teach advanced skills to dive professionals, divers who find themselves in remote situations where emergency help is not immediately available and interested others who are involved with diving

$225.00 (Additional materials, fees and expenses may be required and are not included)

   DAN Dive Accident First Aid for Non-Divers 

This program is designed for non-divers and teaches them how to recognize the warning signs of decompression illness and help provide care for a diver involved in a dive emergency.

$325.00 (Additional materials, fees and expenses may be required and are not included)


DAN Hazardous Marine Life Course


Serious hazardous marine life injuries are rare, but most divers experience minor discomfort from time to time.  This course teaches divers to minimize injuries and reduce discomfort and pain.  It also provides knowledge on specific types of injuries and the general first aid treatment for them.  Perfect course to offer before trips. 


$125.00 (Additional materials, fees and expenses may be required and are not included)

DAN 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.


Cost $150.00(Additional materials, fees and expenses may be required and are not included)


Pre-requisites: Have an affiliation with an aquarium, scientific diving program, public safety dive team, or a commercial diving operation.


Diving Medicine for Divers Level 1

When you want to know more than just basic first aid techniques, Dive Medicine for Divers is your next step. Ultimately, more knowledge and a better understanding of how our bodies react to the pressures and stresses of diving lead to safer divers as we understand our limitations and the limitations of the situation.

Created as an educational program to answer many questions divers ask, this new modular program, Dive Medicine for Divers Level 1, includes sections on fitness to dive, safety planning and basic physical examinations.

The course includes a selection of new skills and practical applications, along with lecture topics presented by a DAN Instructor Trainer or Instructor and video programs and additional self-study information.

The first three modules are:

  • Basic Examinations ó this module teaches how to evaluate a diverís respiratory and cardiac function using a stethoscope.

  • Fitness to Dive ó this module discusses what it means to be physically fit enough to dive and the medical conditions that can keep divers out of the water. There is also a discussion of basic ear-clearing techniques.

  • Safety Planning ó this module includes processes and procedures to make your dives safer, but also discusses how to deal with the aftermath of a dive accident, including taking care of the diverís equipment for an investigation and taking care of the rescuers afterward.


Diving Medicine for Divers Level 2

Dive Medicine for Divers: Level 2, represents advanced knowledge development for divers interested in better understanding diving medical and safety topics. It includes topics on Decompression Illness, Barotrauma and Equipment Issues along with case history discussions that encourage understanding of symptom recognition and a worksheet to send with an injured diver in the event of an accident. There is also an instructor-led topic on severe allergic reactions, how to use an Epi-pen in the event of an emergency and how to take a blood pressure.


Diving Medicine for Divers Level 3

Dive Medicine for Divers: Level 3, represents advanced knowledge development for divers interested in better understanding diving medical and safety topics. This final part of the series provides information regarding gas toxicities, drowning, ear barotrauma and use of an otoscope.


  DAN Diving Emergency Specialist (DES)


Continuing education is an important way for divers to continue to hone their diving skills and improve as divers. Divers Alert Network understands the importance of being an active and involved diver who takes the time to learn about not just new dive techniques, but techniques to care for yourself and others injured in a dive accident.

To recognize this commitment to dive safety, DAN has created a recognition program called Diving Emergency Specialist. The DES designation is a way to commend divers who have sought out the training they need to be prepared buddies and safer divers.

To earn this recognition, divers must hold current certifications in:

Plus the of the following:

If you have taken a Diving Emergency Management Provider class, it must have included Advanced O2 and that must be reflected on your certification card.

You must also hold:

  • a rescue-level certification or higher with your training agency; and

  • current CPR and first aid certifications.

This program is open to any diver.

To receive this recognition, submit your application directly to DAN Training with photocopies of all the required certifications and a application fee.

DES recognition includes a:

  • plastic Diving Emergency Specialist certification card;

  • DES certificate; and

  • DES shoulder patch.

As a DES recognized diver, you will also receive:

  • invitations to preview future DAN Online Seminars before they are released to public at no charge; and

  • a coupon good for 10% off oxygen units or accessories.