DAN Automated External Defibrillators

Course Type: Diving Pro

This course represents entry-level training designed to educate the general diving (and qualified non-diving) public to better recognize the warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest and administer first aid using Basic Life Support (BLS) techniques and Automated External Defibrillators (AED's) while activating the local emergency medical services, (EMS) and / or arranging for evacuation to the nearest appropriate medical facility.

Why do this course

Heart disease is a common problem and to ignore that it affects divers as much as it affects the general population does divers a disservice. When you consider that diving is often done from remote locations - on beaches or off of dive boats - that are far removed from emergency medical help, it is important to prepare for every emergency. Studies have shown that the chance of survival is significantly increased when an AED is used in cases of fibrillation.

Equipment & Materials

  • DAN AED Manual or DAN DEMP Manual


  • First Aid & CPR Training

Main Skills

  • Recognize the warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest
  • Provide Basic Life Support while setting up the automated external defibrillator
  • Provide basic life support with an AED
  • Care for and maintain an AED