Often, non-divers end up having to care for divers in a Dive accident emergency, symptoms don’t show up for three or four hours after a dive and they are home with a non-diving spouse



Dive Accident First Aid for Non-Divers

Possible scenarios include:

  • Divers’ symptoms don’t show up for three or four hours after a dive and they are home with a non-diving spouse.
  • A diver surfaces early in a dive while the divemaster is off the boat leading the dive. Only the captain or a deckhand is onboard.

Understanding that, DAN has created a simplified version of its training courses with the non-diver in mind. The Dive Accident First Aid for Non-Divers program includes key skills from:


Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries

First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for Scuba Diving


This program is not intended for divers. It is appropriate for non-diving spouses, bubble watchers, boat captains and mates and anyone else, who may have to care for a diver involved in a dive injury.

The difference between this program and other programs such as the Diving Emergency Management Provider course along with individual DAN programs, is the content is limited to “What to look for” and “What to do about it”. “Why its happening” was left out.

Essentially, this program includes symptom recognition and the first aid skills to provide care. In complete DAN programs, divers also learn the affects these injuries have on their bodies and how to prevent them. This information is important for divers to help them be safer, but from a non-diver standpoint, this information is not as critical as responding to the immediate need.

One of DAN Training’s primary goals is to have oxygen and AEDs, and someone trained to use them, available at every dive site. This program makes it easier to train non-divers to provide that care in an emergency.

Any DAN Instructor who is eligible to offer the Diving Emergency Management Provider course can offer Dive Accident First Aid for Non-Divers. When looking for an instructor for this program in the Online Instructor List, you should look for any instructor capable of teaching the three component programs.

Program Objective

Train non-divers with an interest in dive safety to respond to dive emergencies in a single comprehensive package. Get more trained people at every dive site capable of recognizing a dive emergency and providing care.

Recommended Minimum Hours of Training

4 to 6 hours

Student Prerequisites

To successfully complete the Dive Accident First Aid for Non-Divers course, participants must demonstrate skill and confidence in:

Current certification in CPR

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