DAN First Aid & CPR
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This course offers entry-level training in providing basic life support to adults with life-threatening injuries while activating emergency medical services.  Basic life support includes one-rescuer cardiopulmonary resuscitation, use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED) and additional skills such as controlling bleeding and caring for a choking person or a person in shock. The first aid portion of this program includes key skills such as conducting illness and injury assessments, bandaging, splinting and performing emergency moves.  This course is intended for anyone who might come in contact with diving and non-diving related injuries.

DAN Oxygen Provider Course

The DAN Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries course is designed to train and educate interested individuals in the techniques of using oxygen as first aid for a suspected dive injury. In addition, this course will introduce the fundamentals of recognizing diving injury warning signs, response and management. This program also provides an excellent opportunity for experienced divers and instructors to continue their education.

NAUI Rescue Diver with DAN First Aid - CPR Certification


  • Be a certified NAUI Open Water Diver (or equivalent)
  • Have completed one pool “Rescue Techniques
    What is Involved?

—Self study, two days of class & practical applications with review of homework. And, One full day of open-water training.


·       The cost for this course is $289.00, which includes two lectures & NAUI Rescue Diver Textbook. 
DAN First Aid & CPR materials are additional.

·       Students are responsible for transportation, lodging, meals, dive site admission, and must supply the items listed

Required Equipment

Students are responsible for supplying the following:

  • Pocket mask.
  • Q Cards
  • Personal Barrier
  • Mask, snorkel, fins.
  • Full Thermal Protection.
  • One cylinder with air.
  • Weight system, weights.
  • Buoyancy Control Device (BCD).
  • Regulator/alternate air source.
  • Depth gauge/timer or computer.
  • Audible surface signal.
  • Surface signal (safety tube).
  • Cutting tool.
  • Slate.

All of these items are available for purchase at Deep Six; some may be also be available for rental.

Diving Safety. Causes and prevention of diving accidents: physical conditioning and physiological factors, stress and psychological factors, stress and the panic syndrome in self and others, recognizing distress, pre-dive equipment checks, and surface drowning syndrome.             

Diving rescue: self-rescue, diver assists, surface and underwater rescues, diver transport, in-water rescue breathing, gear removal techniques, boat and shore extrication techniques, first aid applications, and oxygen usage.

 General accident management: victim care and positioning, access to emergency transport/assistance and hyperbaric chambers, information collection and transmittal, accident reporting, liability and related legal considerations.

First Aid and CPR certification are part of this NAUI Rescue Diver Course at no additional cost.  Current certification in both First Aid and CPR are required for Rescue Diver Certification.


 Emergency/Rescue/Problem Solving

On the surface, identify the problem and properly assist a completely equipped skin or scuba diver simulating each of the following: a muscle cramp, rapid shallow breathing, exhaustion, signs of pre-panic and breathing difficulties (due to suit constriction, cold water, etc.).

Scuba Diver Rescue:  In scuba gear, make an entry, swim 50 yards to the simulated victim; retrieve the victim from the bottom in about 20 feet of water using a safe, controlled ascent; stabilize, initiate and continue simulated in-water rescue breathing; remove gear as necessary while transporting the
victim to an exit. In-water rescue breathing is accomplished by making cheek-to-cheek or chin contact and simulating a rescue breathes of 1.5-2 seconds in duration at a rate of twice every 10 seconds.
With the aid of one other diver, remove a diver simulating a non-breathing unconsciousness victim from the water after reaching the water’s edge, boat or platform.

EXAM:  NAUI written Rescue Exam will be given at the conclusion of all training.