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DAN: Neurological Assessment with Blue Planet

Stroke is the third-leading cause of death and the leading cause of long-term disability according to the American Heart Association. Decompression illness (DCI) can present as a neurological injury associated with scuba diving. Rapid recognition of and response to a suspected neurological injury, regardless of cause, can help convince the injured person of the need for emergency oxygen and help the responder monitor the injured person's condition and report findings to emergency medical services (EMS).

The Fun Part

The fun part about this training is learning how to obtain essential information about an individual involved in a dive emergency or suspected of having a stroke and what information to relay to EMS.

What You Learn

  • Nervous system overview
  • Stroke
  • Decompression illness
  • Neurological assessments
  • Making a F-A-S-T assessment
  • Taking a history
  • Monitoring vital signs
  • Assessing cranial nerve function
  • Determining mental function
  • Evaluating motor function
  • Assessing coordination and balance


To enroll in the Neurological Assessment 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.