DAN AED Provider

Automated External Defibrillators for Scuba Diving
This course represents entry-level training designed to educate the general diving (and qualified non-diving) public to better recognise the warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest and administer first aid using basic life support (BLS) techniques and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) while activating the local emergency medical services, (EMS) and/or arranging for evacuation to the nearest appropriate medical facility.


The mean age of divers who die each year in dive fatalities tracked by DAN is gradually increasing. It is now approximately 42 years of age. Divers are getting older, and older people are getting involved in diving.
Of the 78 dive fatalities in the DAN 2001 Report on Decompression Illness, Diving Fatalities and Project Dive Exploration, based on 1999 fatalities, 7.7% of them were caused directly by heart disease. At the same time, heart disease was the direct cause of death for 26% of the fatalities involving divers over the age of 35. On top of that, 25% of divers involved in diving fatalities were also reported to be taking heart medications.
Heart disease is a common problem. 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.


Course Objective
DAN AEDs for Scuba Diving, represents entry-level training designed to educate the general diving (and qualified non-diving) public to better recognise the warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest and administer first aid using BLS techniques and AEDs while activating the local EMS and/or arranging for evacuation to the nearest appropriate medical facility.