DAN Training and Trip Insurance

Dan_logo_1   Welcome To Astoria Scuba’s Divers Alert Network (DAN) Resource Page

We believe that DAN is the only agency that provides the best resources to both the Recreational and Professional Scuba Diver.  At Astoria Scuba, our Instructors are ready to take you to that DAN trained level.

DAN Emergency Hotline (+1-919-684-9111)

DAN’s Emergency Hotline staff members are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to provide information, assist with care coordination and evacuation assistance. This number should also be used to access DAN TravelAssist benefits and services — even when the emergency is not related to diving.

*Please note that our medical information specialists cannot sell insurance or memberships. For these services, please call +1-919-684-2948 or 1-800-446-2671 during our regular business hours or join or renew directly through the DAN website

DAN’s Vision and Mission

Our Vision

Striving to make every dive accident- and injury-free.
DAN’s vision is to be the most recognized and trusted organization worldwide in the fields of dive safety and emergency services, health, research and education by its members, instructors, supporters and the recreational diving community at large.

Our Mission

DAN helps divers in need of medical emergency assistance and promotes dive safety through research, education, products and services.
DAN exists to provide expert medical information for the benefit of the diving public. DAN’s historical and primary function is to provide timely information and assistance for underwater diving injuries, to work to prevent injuries and to promote dive safety.
DAN also promotes and supports underwater dive research and education, particularly as it relates to the improvement of dive safety, medical treatment and first aid.
Finally, DAN strives to provide the most accurate, up-to-date and unbiased information on issues of common concern to the diving public, primarily — but not exclusively — for dive safety.

DAN TravelAssist

If you travel on a trip at least 50 miles (80 km) from your permanent residence, TravelAssist is there to help 24 hours a day. DAN TravelAssist arranges emergency medical evacuations for any medical emergency — and provides many more benefits — for you and your immediate family members.
DAN Trip Insurance - Cover Your Vacation Investment

danlogo Astoria Scuba’s DAN Training

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02 DAN Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries
$95, 4 hour course includes: student workbook, slate, and certification card

The course is designed to train and educate the general diving public in the techniques of using oxygen as first aid for a suspected dive injury. In addition, this course will introduce novice divers to 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.

The DAN Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries course is not designed to train lay persons to provide oxygen to the general public. While the medical standards and equipment are the same regarding the emergency use of oxygen for both divers and non-divers, the DAN Oxygen Provider course does not prepare individuals to respond to the ill or injured member of the general public by using emergency oxygen.

Minimum age: none
Prerequisite: CPR & First Aid

adv02 DAN Advanced Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries
$75, 2 hour course includes: student workbook, slate, bag-valve mask, and certification card

This advanced-level program provides additional training. It is designed to train DAN Oxygen Providers to use the MTV-100 or a Bag Valve Mask (BVM) while providing care for a non-breathing injured diver and activating the local emergency medical services (EMS) and / or arranging for evacuation to the nearest available medical facility. Learn to:

  • Demonstrate how to assemble and prepare the Manually Triggered Ventilator (MTV) and Bag Valve Mask (BVM).
  • State the benefits of using the Manually Triggered Ventilator (MTV) and Bag Valve Mask (BVM) for a non-breathing diver.
  • Demonstrate how to provide Oxygen First Aid with the MTV resuscitator on a breathing and non-breathing diver.
  • Demonstrate how to provide Oxygen First Aid with the Bag Valve Mask to a non-breathing diver.

Minimum age: none
Prerequisite: DAN Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries course within the past 12 months

defib DAN Automated External Defibrillators for Scuba Diving
$75, 2 hour course includes: student workbook, slate, and certification card

This course represents entry-level training designed to educate the general diving (and qualified non-diving) public to better recognize the warning signs of Sudden Cardiac Arrest and administer first aid using Basic Life Support techniques and Automated External Defibrillators while activating the local emergency medical services, (EMS) and / or arranging for evacuation to the nearest appropriate medical facility. Learn to:

  • Recognize the warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest.
  • Provide Basic Life Support while setting up the automated external defibrillator.
  • Provide basic life support with an AED.
  • Care for and maintain an AED.

Minimum age: none
Prerequisite: none, however CPR & First Aid are recommended

nero DAN On-Site Neurological Assessment for Divers
$75, 2 hour course includes: student workbook, slate, and certification card

Approximately two-thirds of divers with decompression illness have evidence of damage to the nervous system. These signs are often vague and can go unrecognized by the diver. This can cause them to be dismissed as insignificant or not dive-related.

This program focuses on how to obtain essential information about a diver involved in a dive emergency and what information to relay to emergency medical services.

Only medical professionals should diagnose medical conditions. The information you gather while performing a neurological assessment will be useful to help the dive physician understand the extent of the injury and how it has changed in the time it took to get the diver from the dive site to definitive care. Learn to:

  • Refresh the knowledge of the warning signs of a dive emergency
  • Identify when it is appropriate to conduct an On-Site Neurological Assessment
  • Conduct an On-Site Neurological Assessment

Minimum age: none
Prerequisite: none, however CPR & First Aid are recommended

5013_5 DAN Diving Emergency Management Provider (DEMP)
$250 ($145 savings!), 8 hour course includes: student workbook, slates for each of the included courses, DEMP certification card, and On-site Neurological Assessment certification card

It is a rare event when a dive emergency is a single event. More often than not, separate small problems compound to create a larger problem. This single program integrates the knowledge and skills from several DAN Training Programs into a single Diving Emergency Management Provider (DEMP) program.

The DEMP Program includes:

  • Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries
  • Advanced Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries
  • Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for Scuba Diving
  • First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries

BONUS, Astoria Scuba DAN DEMP courses include:

  • On-Site Neurological Assessment for Divers

Minimum age: none
Prerequisite: CPR certification within the past 24 months
fapd Diving First Aid for Professional Divers @ Astoria Scuba

$250 ($200savings!), 8 hour course includes: student workbook, slates for each of the included courses, First Aid for Pros certification card, and On-site Neurological Assessment certification card

The DAN Diving First Aid for Professional Divers course is designed with Sheriff department dive teams, aquariums, commercial diving companies and scientific diving operations in mind where the provider may be exposed to both the general public and diving specialists as part of their job. It is also an excellent risk management course for the recreational dive community due to its comprehensive first aid coverage.

This program includes Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries, Neurological Assessment, First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries as well Basic Life Support: CPR and First Aid. It is based on guidelines provided by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for workplace CPR and first aid.

Retraining in this program is required every two years following successful completion of the course — although some local protocols and regulations require more frequent retraining.

Recommended Minimum Hours of Training
Knowledge and skill development= 2 days

The time needed to teach the course varies depending on several factors including the number of students and their ability to process the educational components of the program.

Knowledge Development Topics covered in the DFA Pro course include:

  •   scene safety assessment
  •   blood borne pathogens
  •   CPR (either single rescuer adult only or two rescuer CPR for adults, children and infants)
  •   use of an AED
  •   oxygen first aid
  •   neurological assessment
  •   first aid for hazardous marine life injuries

Skills Development At the end of this program, you will be able to:

  •   Assess scene safety.
  •   Conduct initial and secondary assessment.
  •   Provide CPR (single adult rescuer).**
  •   Use an AED.
  •   Provide care for shock.
  •   Control external bleeding.
  •   Manage an obstructed airway.
  •   Conduct a secondary assessment.
  •   Bandage and splint injuries.
  •   Place a pressure immobilization bandage.
  •   Address a severe allergic reaction.
  •   Provide emergency oxygen administration.
  •   Conduct a neurological assessment.
  •   Develop an emergency assistance plan.
    ** DFAPro can also be run with a full health care provider component including two person rescuer CPR for adult, children and infant. Ask your instructor for more details.