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DAN Instructor Qualification Course

DAN Instructors are scuba diving educators who want to offer dive safety programs to their students. As a DAN Instructor, you can offer your students classes that will help make them better prepared to respond to a dive emergency.

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DAN Instructors are scuba diving educators who want to offer dive safety programs to their students. As a DAN Instructor, you can offer your students classes that will help make them better prepared to respond to a dive emergency.

We offer the following classes:

 

  • Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries
  • On-Site Neurological Assessment for Divers
  • First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries
  • Basic Life Support: CPR & First Aid
  • CPR: Health Care Provider
  • Diving First Aid for Professional Divers
  • Diving Emergency Management Provider Program
  • Diving Medicine for Divers

To become a DAN Instructor, you must participate in a DAN Instructor Qualification Course (IQC).

The IQC follows a modular format. There is a core module and then a separate module for each training program. As long as you remain a current and active DAN Instructor, you can take additional modules without retaking the core module. The core module is online in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Getting Started
To be eligible to take a DAN IQC, you must be the following:

  • an active DAN Member
  • an active scuba diving educator*
  • a current CPR/first aid instructor (You may complete the Basic Life Support: CPR and First Aid course to fulfill this requirement.)

Note about the scuba diving educator requirement: Any scuba diving instructor or assistant instructor with a recognized scuba training organization can attend the IQC. A Divemaster/DiveCon who is also a CPR and first aid instructor with a recognized training agency can also attend the IQC.

Diving First Aid for Professional Divers
To qualify, the candidate must meet the qualifications to be a DAN Instructor, listed above, and be a current DAN Member

Current DAN Instructor Trainers and Instructors who are certified to teach Basic Life Support: CPR and First Aid, Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries, First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries, Neurological Assessment and CPR Health-Care Provider with First Aid may complete an online crossover to be certified in this program as well.

Diving Emergency Management Provider
To offer this program, DAN Instructor Trainers and Instructors must be in active teaching status for:

  • Basic Life Support: CPR and First Aid
  • Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries
  • First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries
  • Neurological Assessment

Qualifications of DAN Instructors

Successful completion of the DAN IQC results in certification recognizing the instructor candidate’s understanding and performance of the knowledge and skills contained within this program.

Instructors must maintain active teaching status with DAN to conduct DAN training programs. To maintain active teaching status, DAN Instructors must teach or assist with teaching each course in which they are certified once within a 24-month period.

Recommended Minimum Hours of Training

  • Knowledge and Skills Development
  • Core module: 3 hours
  • Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries: 4-5 hours
  • First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries: 2-3 hours
  • Neurological Assessment: 2-3 hours
  • Basic Life Support: CPR and First Aid: 3-4 hours
  • CPR Health-Care Provider with First Aid: 8 hours
  • Diving First Aid for Professional Divers: 6 hours
  • Dive Medicine for Divers: 6 hours (Level I-III)

The time the course actually takes to teach varies depending upon many factors, including the number of students and their ability to process the educational components of the program along with the number of modules offered. DAN Instructor Trainers desiring to include subjects or training beyond the course requirements may do so only before or following the course. Any additional training must not be required for completion of course requirements.

Course Summary
The DAN Instructor Trainer must ensure that the instructor candidate is able to successfully demonstrate the ability to perform the required skills for each certified program in a role-model fashion.

Course Objectives
The DAN Instructor Qualification Course (IQC) trains and educates qualified scuba diving educators to plan, manage, conduct and promote dive safety through DAN Training Programs such as the:

  • Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries course
  • Remote Emergency Medical Oxygen (REMO2™) course
  • Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for Scuba DivingFirst Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries course
  • Oxygen First Aid for Aquatic Emergencies cours

In addition, the course develops role-model teaching techniques in the use of first aid for suspected dive injuries. Instructor Candidates also have the opportunity to develop further knowledge in relation to the special considerations involved in providing emergency first aid.

The DAN IQC consists of eight modules. There is a core module that introduces DAN and the DAN Training philosophy. This core program serves as the introduction for all other DAN Training programs. The remaining program modules represent each of the individual training courses offered by DAN. Qualified Instructor Trainers can present all seven program modules or select only the modules appropriate for the Instructor Candidates.

Qualifications of DAN Instructors
Successful completion of the DAN Instructor Qualification Course (IQC) results in certification recognizing the Instructor Candidate’s understanding and performance of the knowledge and skills contained within this program.

Instructors must maintain active teaching status with DAN in order to conduct DAN Training programs. In order to maintain active teaching status, DAN Instructors must teach or assist with teaching each course they are certified in once within a 24-month period.

Recommended Minimum Hours of Training:

  • Knowledge and Skills Development Core Module: 4 Hours
  • Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries Module: 2-3 Hours
  • Oxygen First Aid for Aquatic Emergencies Module: 2-3 Hours
  • Advanced Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries: 1-2 Hours
  • First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries Module: 2-3 Hours
  • Automated External Defibrillators for Scuba Diving: 1-2 Hours
  • Basic Life Support for Dive Professionals: 8 Hours
  • Remote Emergency Medical Oxygen Module: 1-2 Hours

The time the course actually takes to teach varies depending upon many factors, including the number of students and their ability to process the educational components of the program along with the number of modules offered. Instructor Trainers desiring to include subjects or training beyond the course requirements may do so only before or following the course. Any additional training must not be required for completion of course requirements.

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