Program Spotlight: DAN Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries

For more than 30 years DAN® has offered training in administering oxygen first aid for dive injuries. As the primary treatment for decompression illness and nonfatal drowning, oxygen first aid is a necessary skill for CPR personnel assisting divers. DAN's Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries course is designed for currently certified CPR providers who want to learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of dive injuries, identify an injured diver's breathing quality and use the most current techniques and equipment to administer emergency oxygen.

Knowledge of diving is helpful, but it is not necessary for the course. Divers and nondivers alike can learn the important emergency-response skills of oxygen first aid if they hold a current full CPR certification. Emergency oxygen providers should keep their skills current with retraining every two years.

While we at DAN hope no one has a dive injury, we want to ensure that in the unlikely event of an incident someone will be available to provide vital immediate treatment until the diver receives further medical care. DAN offers courses several times each year, with the goal that you can have a trained oxygen first-aid provider with you every time you go diving. For more information about our courses, visit

By the Numbers
  • More than 162,000 providers in oxygen first aid
  • More than 16,000 instructors credentialed
  • In more than 30+ years of courses

© Alert Diver — Q2 Spring 2018