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DAN: Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries with Blue Planet

When a diving accident occurs, being able to recognize the problem and respond with the appropriate care can speed the diver's recovery and minimize lasting effects. Oxygen first aid provides needed oxygen to body tissues, enhances the elimination of inert gases such as nitrogen obtained from breathing gases, and helps shrink any gas bubbles that may have developed during ascent — bubbles that contribute to decompression sickness and arterial gas embolism. Supplemental oxygen also can help minimize or eliminate existing symptoms and reduce further injury until medical services are engaged.

The Fun Part

The fun part about this training is learning how provide emergency oxygen to an injured diver. This is not only important on a dive boat, or at a dive site, but also in everyday life.

What You Learn

This course will teach you the techniques of emergency oxygen administration for suspected diving injuries and nonfatal drowning. You will learn the fundamentals of recognizing dive-injuries along with response and management.

  • Oxygen equipment identification, assembly and disassembly
  • Scene safety assessment
  • Initial assessment
  • Use of Demand inhalator valve, Nonrebreather mask,
  • Use of Bag-valve mask, Manually triggered ventilator
  • Creation of an Emergency assistance plan.


To enroll in Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries course you must:

  • Care about other people and want to be able to act in a medical emergency

The Scuba Gear You Use

Scuba gear is not necessary to take this course.

The Learning Materials You Need

Once you are confirmed for the course, your instructor will email you access to DAN's comprehensive online training platform. 100% of the online class needs to be completed before the in-person training can begin, so be sure to start it right away!

At the classroom session you will be given DAN's reference slates that you are to use throughout the course scenarios and can bring with you on all future dive trips.


Your Next Adventure

After completing the DEMP course, take the PADI Rescue Diver course. Together, these courses round out your ability to handle scuba diver emergencies.

For more information about this or other DAN or PADI courses have a chat with one of the Blue Planet Team members.