Diving First Aid For Professional Divers

No, you don’t have to be a dive “professional” to take DAN’s most comprehensive dive preparedness program. Originally designed for scientific divers, DFA Pro is now open to all divers who want to be more confident and prepared to handle a range of dive emergency situations. DFA Pro satisfies the CPR/First Aid prerequisite for PADI Rescue, Divemaster and other courses and also meets OSHA’s workplace requirements. DFA Pro combines four DAN courses:

DAN Courses

CPR Health-Care Provider with First Aid
CPR Health-Care Provider with First Aid

Why Take This Course

People who dive as a part of their job or volunteer duties often need first-aid training to manage unique situations that may occur. DAN's Diving First Aid for Professional Divers (DFA Pro) course is designed for commercial, professional, aquarium and scientific divers, providing first-aid knowledge and skills specific to these work environments. It also provides rescue management skills for dive masters and dive instructors.
CPR Health-Care Provider with First Aid

What You Will Learn

DFA Pro is comprised of information from the Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries, Neurological Assessment, First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries and CPR HCP courses. It meets U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines for workplace CPR and first aid.

You will learn about:
  • Anatomy, physiology, bloodborne pathogens
  • Decompression Illness and Oxygen First Aid
  • Response, assessment, and medical emergency management

  • You will develop the following skills:
  • Scene safety assessment
  • Initial and secondary assessments
  • One- and two-person CPR for adults, children and infants
  • Automated external defibrillator (AED) use
  • Obstructed airway management
  • Oxygen first aid administration
  • F-A-S-T assessment
  • Wound management and bandage and splint application
  • Control of external bleeding
  • Pressure immobilization technique
  • Severe allergic reaction management

  • Neurological Assessment
    Neurological Assessment

    Why Take This Course

    Stroke is the third-leading cause of death and the leading cause of long-term disability according to the American Heart Association. Decompression illness (DCI) can present as a neurological injury associated with scuba diving. Rapid recognition of and response to a suspected neurological injury, regardless of cause, can help convince
    the injured person of the need for emergency oxygen and help the responder monitor the injured person's condition and report findings to emergency medical services (EMS).
    Neurological Assessment

    What You Will Learn

    The DAN Neurological Assessment course focuses on how to obtain
    essential information about an individual involved in a dive emergency or
    suspected of having a stroke and what information to relay to EMS.

    You will learn about:
  • Nervous system overview
  • Stroke
  • Decompression illness
  • Neurological assessments

  • You will develop the following skills:
  • Making a F-A-S-T assessment
  • Taking a history
  • Monitoring vital signs
  • Assessing cranial nerve function
  • Determining mental function
  • Evaluating motor function
  • Assessing coordination and balance

  • Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries
    Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries

    Why Take This Course

    When a diving accident occurs, being able to recognize the problem and respond with the appropriate care can speed the diver's recovery and minimize lasting effects. Oxygen first aid provides needed oxygen to body tissues, enhances the elimination of inert gases such as nitrogen obtained from breathing gases, and helps shrink any gas bubbles that may have developed during ascent — bubbles that contribute to decompression sickness and arterial gas embolism. Supplemental oxygen also can help minimize or eliminate existing symptoms and reduce further injury until medical services are engaged.
    Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries

    What You Will Learn

    This course will teach you the techniques of emergency oxygen administration for suspected diving injuries and nonfatal drowning. You will learn the fundamentals of recognizing dive-injuries along with response and management.

    You will learn about:
  • Atmospheric gases
  • Respiration and circulation
  • Decompression illness
  • Oxygen and diving injuries
  • Oxygen safety

  • You will develop the following skills:
  • Oxygen equipment identification, assembly and disassembly
  • Scene safety assessment
  • Initial assessment
  • Use of Demand inhalator valve, Nonrebreather mask,
  • Use of Bag-valve mask, Manually triggered ventilator
  • Creation of an Emergency assistance plan.

  • First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries
    First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries

    Why Take This Course

    Divers may experience unintentional encounters with fire coral, jellyfish and other marine creatures. Any time a person enters the marine environment there is a chance of being stung, bitten or cut. This course will teach you where you can expect to encounter potentially hazardous marine life and how to provide first aid when injuries occur. The more you know about the marine environment, the greater your chances of having safe, memorable dives.
    First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries

    What You Will Learn

    This DAN First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries course teaches
    divers how to identify and avoid potentially harmful marine life. It also
    provides first aid skills to minimize these injuries and reduce discomfort.

    You will learn about:
  • Vertebrate and invertebrate sources of envenomations
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Life-threatening complications
  • Seafood poisonings
  • Avoidance of marine life injuries

  • You will develop the following skills:
  • Initial assessment
  • Shock management
  • Treatment of stinging and spiny envenomations and injuries
  • Control of external bleeding
  • Pressure immobilization technique
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Creation of an emergency assistance plan

  • Fees

    Course fee of $225 includes 2017 revised course manual, slates for all four component courses, course supplies and DAN certification card. PADI Specialty Certifications also available for O2, Neuro and Hazardous Marine Life for $38 PADI processing fee each.

    Divers completing DFA Pro who hold a Rescue or higher certification may apply for recognition as a DAN Diving Emergency Specialist ($20 application fee), which includes

    • Waterproof Diving Emergency Specialist certification card;
    • DES certificate; and
    • DES shoulder patch
    Prerequisites

    All may attend course, divers who hold a rescue or higher certification may apply for recognition as DAN Diving Emergency Specialist ($20 application fee)

    Schedule

    Sunday, April 30, 2017
    Blue Octopus Scuba
    4154 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m.-ish

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    Instructor

    Contact DAN Instructor Trainer #11511 Earl Glock for details Earl@BlueOctopusScuba.com.

     

     

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