Diving Emergency Specialist

Continuing education is an important way for divers to continue to hone their diving skills and improve as divers. DAN understands the importance of being an active and involved diver who takes the time to learn about not just new dive techniques but also techniques to care for yourself and others injured in a dive accident.

To recognize this commitment to dive safety, DAN created a recognition program — Diving Emergency Specialist. The DES designation is a way to commend divers who have sought the training they need to be prepared buddies and safer divers.

To earn this recognition, divers must hold a Rescue Diver certification and either a current DAN Dive Emergency Management Provider (DEMP) certification (2012 version) or current DAN Diving First Aid for Professional Divers certification (2012 version).

A recue diver who has a current CPR certification from another agency may still earn the DES recognition by completing Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Dviing Injuries, First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries, AND Neurological Assessment.

This program is open to any diver.

To receive this recognition, submit your application directly to DAN Education with photocopies of all the required certifications and the $20 application fee.

DES recognition includes a:
  • waterproof Diving Emergency Specialist certification card
  • DES certificate
  • DES shoulder patch



  • Have you already achieved what it takes to be a DES diver? Submit your application today.

    Do you want to be a DES Instructor? Find out how to qualify today.