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We offer the full range of DAN Southern Africa training programmes. This training provides practical ways for divers to learn first aid skills relevant to the diving industry.  The focus is to equip divers with basic and advanced safety principles to enable them to be competent divers and dive buddies. It is always better to be prepared for any eventuality. Knowing what to do when accidents happen inspires confidence in the rescuer and the person in need of assistance. The skills also translate to daily life situations. Recently DAN acquired Department of Labor accreditation so that it also meets the South African Labor Law requirements for First Aid training in the workplace.

Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries

As a recreational diver, you can receive training to provide vital first aid that can make a difference to a scuba diver with decompression illness. The DAN Oxygen Provider course provides entry-level training in the recognition and management of possible diving- related injuries, using emergency oxygen first aid.

On this course you will learn to:

  • Recognise a dive injury.

  • Respond with emergency oxygen first aid.

  • Relay with the emrgency medical services (EMS) and DAN.

Cost: R520.00

First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries

Serious hazardous marine life injuries are rare. Most divers experience minor discomfort from unintentional encounters with fire coral, jellyfish and other marine creatures. This course teaches divers to minimise these injuries and reduce diver discomfort and pain.

On this course you will learn to:

  • Identify hazardous marine life.

  • Recognise possible injuries caused by hazardous marine life.

  • Provide first aid for hazardous marine life injuries.

  • Avoid hazardous marine life injuries.

Cost: R415.00

Automated External Defibrillators for Scuba Diving

More than 10% of all dive fatalities are actually caused by cardiovascular disease, according to DAN diving accident and fatality statistics. This course teaches divers and other interested parties to provide care for sudden cardiac arrest which includes the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).

On this course you will learn to:

  • Recognise the warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest.

  • Administer basic life support and use an AED.

  • Acticate the local EMS.

Prerequisite: Basic Life Support.

Cost: R415.00

On-Site Neurological Assessment for Divers

Learn how to conduct a neurological assessment on a potentially injured diver. The information gained in this assessment can help convince a diver of the need for oxygen first aid and help a diving physician determine the proper treatment

Prerequisite: Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries.

Cost: R415.00

Basic Life Support

The DAN Basic Life Support (BLS) course will not only train divers and non-divers to resuscitate an injured person with a circulatory arrest, but can also prevent a person from getting in that condition. External bleeding, choking and shock can lead to severe circulatory and respiratory problems. The DAN BLS course will prepare you to react in the correct way when accidents happen.

Cost: R560.00

Department of Labour Approved

First Aid (Level 1)

The DAN First Aid course represents training designed to educate people with a CPR/BLS certification in providing first aid to adult victims with non-immediately life-threatening injuries. Although the course was designed to be taught together with the DAN BLS course, it can also be offered as an extra module to those who already have a DAN BLS or other BLS certification that respects European Resuscitation Council (ERC) guidelines. In a real accident situation, first aid skills are the next step after providing effective BLS.

Cost: R440.00

Department of Labour Approved

Please Note: BLS is a pre-requisite for this course.

Diving Emergency Management Provider Programme

Learn the knowledge and skills from several courses in a single approach to diving emergency management. While the Diving Emergency Management Provider course combines the Oxygen, Automated External Defibrillators for Scuba Diving and Hazardous Marine Life Injuries courses, the DAN Diving First Responder course also includes the skills and knowledge from the Advanced Oxygen Provider course.

After reviewing the skills and knowledge development portions of this programme, the students participate in an integrated scenario where they get the opportunity to bring together all of the skills they learned in each of the segments into a single scenario.

Cost: R1300.00

Course Combinations:
Basic Life Support and First Aid (Level 1)

Cost: R850.00

Basic Life Support, First Aid and Paediatric Care (Level 2)

Cost: R950.00

Basic Life Support, First Aid and AED

Cost: R1150.00

Basic Life Support, First Aid and O2

Cost: R1250.00

Basic Life Support, First Aid, AED and O2

Cost: R1650.00

DANSA Instructor

The DAN Instructor Qualification Course (IQC) is the pathway to becoming a DAN Instructor. Active diving professionals who are DAN Members are eligible to enroll in this program. A CPR instruction credential is also required but can be obtained as part of the IQC.

Candidates do any or all of the IQC modules, selecting the courses that work best to meet the needs in your market area. Request them from your Instructor Trainer. The program takes approximately 3-4 days to complete depending on your course selections.

Instructors must maintain active teaching status with DAN to conduct DAN training programs. To maintain active teaching status, DAN Instructors must teach or assist with teaching each course in which they are certified once within a 24-month period.


1. Be a DAN member.

2. Be a current status scuba diving leader with your training agency. (dive master, dive controller, dive instructor)


Instructor for following modules:

BLS, FA, O2, AED and Paediatric Care


With additional modules HMLI and Neuro


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