Whether it’s being on the scene of an accident or witnessing a medical emergency, most people will be involved in a crisis at some point in their lives. First aid training and incident management skills empower people to step up and take action should these situations arise.

Developed by dive medicine physicians and diving educators, DAN’s courses are easy to understand and designed to provide you with the skills and confidence you need to respond in emergencies. DAN first aid courses prepare people to manage injuries related to scuba diving as well as those that occur in other settings. All courses meet current ILCOR and AHA guidelines. Isn’t it worth a few hours one evening or weekend to learn skills that could save a life?

DAN First Aid Courses

Basic Life Support: CPR and First Aid (BLS)

This fundamental course prepares you to provide proper care for life-threatening illnesses or injuries until professional emergency medical care is available. The life-support skills taught in this course include one- and two-rescuer CPR, use of automatic external defibrillators (AED), foreign body airway obstruction (FBAO), bleeding management, splinting, burns, medical emergencies and responding to a person in shock. 

This course is open to anyone, even non-divers.  

Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries (EO2)

Administering emergency oxygen is the preferred first aid for scuba diving and submersion injuries, and early administration can drastically improve the outcome for an injured diver. The DAN Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries course teaches you how to administer life-saving oxygen first aid to divers who may be suffering from decompression illness (DCI). Additionally, this course will teach you how to recognize the signs and symptoms of decompression illness and respond to them accordingly. The emergency response skills taught in this course are not unique to scuba diving; they’re applicable to many other watersports. 

Note: Current DAN Basic Life Support: CPR & FA (BLS) or other nationally recognized full CPR training is prerequisite to this course.

This course is open to anyone, but primarily divers and those that support dive operations.   


Diving First Aid for Professional Divers (DFA Pro)

Professional divers have unique responsibilities and a duty to respond to unique situations; their first-aid training should not be any less unique. DAN’s Diving First Aid for Professional Divers course is designed for commercial, professional, aquarium and scientific divers, and it provides knowledge and first-aid skills specifically for these work environments. It is the most comprehen­sive first aid course in the dive industry, and taking this course gives Divemasters and Instructors an indis­pensable set of risk-mitigation skills.

DFA Pro includes all elements of the DAN BLS and EO2 courses, plus knowledge and skills covering Neurological Assessments and First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries plus additional information applicable to dive professionals in a variety of settings.


While this course is targeted towards Dive Professionals, anyone is welcome to take this course, as the skills learned are appropriate across a variety of settings.