DAN Oxygen First Aid

DAN’s Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries Provider Course was designed to fill the void in oxygen first aid training available for the general diving public.

This course provides entry level training designed to educate the general diving (and qualified non-diving) public in recognizing possible dive related injuries and providing emergency oxygen first aid while activating the local emergency medical services (EMS) and/or arranging for evacuation to the nearest available medical facility.

Scenario Practice
Emergency Oxygen Kit

In DAN’s most recent dive accident record, less than 33% of injured divers received emergency oxygen in the field. Few of those received oxygen concentrations approaching the recommended 100%. DAN and all major diving instructional agencies recommend that all divers be qualified to provide 100% oxygen in the field to those injured in a dive accident.

DAN Oxygen First Aid Prerequisites

Though suited for divers, this course doesn’t include dives, which means it is equally applicable to those who are around divers – boat crew, non-diving buddies, lifeguards, and shore staff. You don’t need any previous CPR or first aid training to take the course.

There is no minimum age and there are no prerequisites.

DAN Oxygen First Aid Course Objectives

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.

Emergency Oxygen Skills

DAN Oxygen First Aid Learning Objectives

Course participants must be familiar with the signs and symptoms of major diving injuries including near drowning and decompression illnesses (arterial gas embolism and decompression sickness).

Participants must demonstrate proper deployment, assembly, disassembly, and use of all components of the DAN Oxygen Unit.

This includes use of the demand inhalator valve / mask, constant flow (delivering oxygen at least 15 lpm), non-rebreather mask and oronasal resuscitation mask with supplemental oxygen inlet.

Course participants must complete the DAN Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries examination with a minimum passing score of 80 percent. The instructor will review the examination with each participant to ensure 100 percent understanding of the material.

Emergency Oxygen Training

DAN Oxygen First Aid Course Structure

The DAN Oxygen First Aid Course consists of 2 phases:

  1. Knowledge Development (Lecture) = 1 Hour
  2. Skills Development (Practice) = 3 Hours

1. Knowledge Development Objectives

During the lecture session for the DAN Oxygen Provider course, participants will review material covered in the manual for this course, the DAN Pocket Guide to First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries.

This waterproof booklet presents succinct emergency first aid steps for diving injuries in an easy-to-read format. Written by DAN’s Dan Orr and Bill Clendenen and edited by DAN Associate Medical Director Dr. Guy Dear, it’s an essential addition to your dive bag.

Some of the covered topics include Creating an Emergency Assistance Plan, Assessing the Patient, Controlling Bleeding, Performing a Field Neurological Exam and more.

Made of waterproof/plastic paper, this guide can go everywhere with you. It’s not designed to teach the skills necessary for first aid, but rather you can use it as a reminder for the appropriate steps you need to take in an emergency

2. Skills Development Objectives

To successfully complete the DAN Oxygen Provider course, participants must demonstrate skill and confidence during deployment, assembly and disassembly of all parts of the DAN Oxygen Unit (or other acceptable units).

The course participant must demonstrate skill and confidence while providing emergency oxygen to simulated injured divers by:

  1. Assessing the scene and oxygen provider safety
  2. Deploying and operating the DAN Oxygen Unit
  3. Selecting and preparing the appropriate oxygen mask

Operating the DAN Oxygen Unit and using these oxygen delivery devices:

  1. Demand inhalator valve and mask
  2. Constant-flow, non-rebreather mask
  3. Oronasal resuscitation mask with supplemental oxygen inlet

Identification of the main components of the DAN Oxygen Unit:

  1. Jumbo D cylinder and valve
  2. Multi-function regulator
  3. “T” handle
  4. Handwheel/wrench
  5. Oxygen washer
  6. Constant-flow controller
  7. Intermediate (green) pressure hose
  8. Pressure activated check valve (in threaded outlet)
  9. Demand inhalator valve
  10. Oronasal mask
  11. Non-rebreather mask
  12. Oronasal resuscitation mask with supplemental oxygen inlet

Special Equipment

During your training AquaMunkee Scuba will ensure that you have access to all of the equipment you need to learn effective emergency oxygen provider skills.

Soft-Sided Emergency Oxygen Kit

However, once you are trained to administer emergency oxygen the following equipment may be useful:

  1. A portable DAN Emergency Oxygen Kit
  2. Additional Emergency Oxygen Care at a Glance cards

The Paperwork

Once you have completed your independent study and your classroom / hands-on training, AquaMunkee Scuba will complete an online request for your certification card which you should receive in 1-2 weeks.

Course Price Includes Everything You Need (No Hidden Costs)

  1. Professional Emergency Oxygen Provider instruction
  2. Certification as an Emergency Oxygen Provider
  3. DAN Pocket Guide to First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries
  4. Emergency Oxygen Provider Care at a Glance card

AquaMunkee Scuba is a PADI training facility, focused on the PADI approach to diver education and also offering training through the related organizations DSAT/Tec Rec and Emergency First Response.