Divers Alert Network

The largest association of recreational scuba divers in the world, DAN is supported by membership dues and donations. DAN's mission is to help divers in need of medical emergency assistance and to promote dive safety through research,education, products and diving services.

The benefits of DAN membership include emergency medical evacuation assistance through DAN TravelAssist, a subscription to Alert Diver magazine and access to DAN's insurance services.

Basic Life Support: CPR and First Aid


You will learn how to perform CPR, use an automated external defibrillator (AED) and become familiar with the signs and symptoms associated with heart attacks and respiratory arrest. Managing shock and controlling external bleeding are other skills covered that can help save lives.

You will learn about

Primary & Secondary Assessments

Signs & symptoms of common medical emergencies

Stroke Assessment

You will develop the following skills:

Initial and secondary assessments
Recovery position technique
CPR techniques
Automated external defibrillator (AED) use
Obstructed airway management
Control of external bleeding
Bandaging, wound management and splinting
Shock management

Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries


This course will teach you the techniques of emergency oxygen administration for suspected diving injuries and nonfatal drowning. You will learn the fundamentals of recognizing dive-injuries along with response and management.

You will learn about:

Atmospheric gases
Respiration and circulation
Decompression illness
Oxygen and diving injuries
Oxygen safety

You will develop the following skills:

Oxygen equipment identification, assembly and disassembly
Scene safety assessment
Initial assessment
Use of Demand inhalator valve, Nonrebreather mask,
Use of Bag-valve mask, Manually triggered ventilator
Creation of an Emergency assistance plan.

First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries


This DAN First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries course teaches divers how to identify and avoid potentially harmful marine life. It also provides first aid skills to minimize these injuries and reduce discomfort.

You will learn about:

Vertebrate and invertebrate sources of envenomations
Traumatic injuries
Life-threatening complications
Seafood poisonings
Avoidance of marine life injuries

You will develop the following skills:

Initial assessment
Shock management
Treatment of stinging and spiny envenomations and injuries
Control of external bleeding
Pressure immobilization technique
Severe allergic reactions
Creation of an emergency assistance plan

Neurological Assessment


The DAN Neurological Assessment course focuses on how to obtain essential information about an individual involved in a dive emergency or suspected of having a stroke and what information to relay to EMS.

You will learn about:

Nervous system overview
Decompression illness
Neurological assessments

You will develop the following skills:

Making a F-A-S-T assessment
Taking a history
Monitoring vital signs
Assessing cranial nerve function
Determining mental function
Evaluating motor function
Assessing coordination and balance