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Divers Alert Network First Aid Courses

In 2015 Divers Alert Network (DAN) and NAUI announced an alliance where NAUI Instructors would be able to teach DAN courses using that latest combined programs, and issue NAUI & DAN co-branded First Aid certification cards. From 2019 onwards NAUI will discontinue the NAUI First Aid courses and teach the NAUI-DAN content exclusively.

The below courses are available in the DAN curriculum. These courses provide training to the current recommendations of the International Liaison Committee On Resuscitation (ILCOR) and remain valid for 2 years.

Courses that include a CPR and First Aid component are suitable to satisfy the requirements for a NAUI Rescue Scuba Diver course.

Students do not need to be members of DAN or certified scuba divers to participate in NAUI-DAN First Aid courses.

How Courses are Conducted

Students purchase a NAUI student kit containing:

  • an online eLearning code
  • slates and medical materials for classroom training
  • student  review book

Students will complete all the eLearning online before attending the classroom practical session. The primary focus of the classroom session is practical training using props and injury scenarios, but also includes a knowledge review and written examination. Students must bring all materials to the classroom session and have completed the at home study online.

Students should label all of their own equipment with their name prior to attending the classroom sessions.

Courses for Scuba Divers

 CourseAbbreviationDescription
Basic Life SupportBLS

  • Meets ILCOR/AHA 2015 Guidelines

  • Manage shock and choking

  • Assess Injuries

First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life InjuriesHMLI

  • Identify hazardous marine life

  • Practice treating injuries

  • Gain tools to avoid injuries

Neurological AssessmentNEURO

  • Recognize nervous system injury

  • Learn assessment techniques

  • F-A-S-T assessment

Emergency OxygenE02

  • Primary diving first aid

  • Learning oxygen delivery options

  • Provide oxygen to breathing or non-breathing injured divers

Diving Emergency Management ProviderDEMPDEMP contains a selection of all of the above 4 courses.

It is highly recommended that all First-Aid trained divers learn how to deliver emergency oxygen by taking the E02 course, or a course that includes oxygen delivery (DEMP and DFA Pro, see below).

The DEMP course is a condensed course combining material from BLS, EO2, NEURO and HMLI. The individual courses contain more training scenarios.

Courses for Professional Divers

 CourseAbbreviationDescription
CPR Health-Care Provider with First AidHCPThe CPR Health-Care Provider with First Aid course teaches 2-person techniques of basic life support for adults, children and infants. It includes First-Aid and BLS skills applicable to the diving market, resuscitation techniques for the non-diving healthcare market and skills to meet the International Liaison Committee On Resuscitation (ILCOR) and American Heart Association (AHA) 2015 guidelines.
Diving First Aid for Professional DiversDFA ProThe Diving First Aid for Professional Divers (DFA Pro) course is aimed at commercial, professional, scientific divers and aquarium staff and volunteers and meets the 2015 Guidelines for Resuscitation & Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The course is comprised of information from the Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries, Neurological Assessment, First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries and CPR HCP plus Bloodborne pathogens.

This course meets the requirements for a US Coast Guard Captains license.

The HCP provider course expands on the skills in the recreational level Basic Life Support (BLS), and includes CPR with two rescuers on adult, child and infant victims.

The DFA Pro course is required for all professional level diving, and NAUI Training Assistants (TAs) with Pro Scuba Dive Center.