The Oxygen First Aid (DAN Oxygen Provider) course in diving accidents is a basic level of training that covers methods of first aid for diving related injuries. The training teaches how to recognize the symptoms of DCI (decompression illness symptoms), how to properly proceed and how to use oxygen immediately after an incident. The program is designed to allow a wide range of divers to provide effective assistance while waiting for professional emergency services to arrive or transport the casualty to a hospital/hyperbaric chamber.
Who is the Oxygen First Aid training aimed at
DAN Oxygen Provider Training – first oxygen assistance in diving emergencies is a training aimed at divers at all levels. Even a novice diver should know how to proceed if a diving accident occurs. The Oxygen First Aid (OFA) course is also aimed at people who interact with divers on a daily basis. Boat crews or dive base personnel are included here too. For dive professionals such as divemasters and instructors, this is mandatory training enabling them to do their jobs.
Why be a DAN rescuer
A diving emergency can happen to us or those around us regardless of our level of training or equipment. The ability to administer first aid immediately after an accident is crucial to the length and effectiveness of subsequent treatment such as hyperbaric therapy. It also allows the injured person to return to full health. The practical skills acquired in the training will allow you to act in a situation where others only take a passive stance. Thanks to you, the rescue operation will proceed in an efficient and coordinated manner and oxygen first aid will be properly administered.
During the DAN Oxygen First Aid training you will use your knowledge of performing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) as well as methods of dealing with accident victims. It is therefore necessary to have active status of Basic Life Support (BLS) training or other equivalent training of similar scope, e.g. EFR. This greatly streamlines the entire process and allows you to focus on acquiring new knowledge.