As part of June being Dive Safety Month, DAN (Divers Alert Network) is promoting the Diving Emergency Specialist recognition program.
To earn the Diving Emergency Specialist (DES) rating, you need to:
- Complete a Rescue Diver Course (any diving agency) and the DAN Diving Emergency Management Provider (DEMP) program
- OR Complete a Rescue Diver Course and DAN Diving First Aid for Professional Divers
- OR Complete a Rescue Diver Course and DAN Basic Life Support & First Aid(BLSFA), Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries, First aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries and the DAN Neurological Assessment course.
Divers completing the DES requirements between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2012 will also receive a multi-pocket zippered bag with a pair of emergency shears and an aqua-pencil with tether. The water-resistant bag is sized to contain first aid supplies and reference slates.
How long will it take? If you’re already a Rescue Diver, the additional DAN training can be completed in as short as a day. If you’ve not completed Rescue Diver, that will take some additional time (maybe 3-4 days for pool and open water and perhaps a day or two for academics).
If you’re tracking towards PADI Master Scuba Diver, when you complete the DAN training with me you will also receive PADI Distinctive Specialty Ratings for Oxygen First Aid, Hazardous Marine Life Injuries and Neurological Assessment.
DAN also has a DES Instructor rating. As a DAN Instructor Trainer, I can help you here, too. A DES Instructor is an active DAN Instructor in several DAN courses and has certified either 10 people in each of four or five courses or 5 people in DEMP, Diving Emergency Management Provider. By adding DAN training to your Rescue Diver courses and Divemaster programs, you can add a lot of value to your divers.
Next DAN Provider and Instructor Course: July 27-29 at Dive Utah, Holladay, UT.
Contact me to sign up for Divers Alert Network training and become the dive buddy you want to dive with–a prepared one!