To become a DAN Instructor, you must participate in a DAN Instructor Qualification Course (IQC).
The IQC follows a modular format. There is a core module and then a separate module for each training program. As long as you remain a current and active DAN Instructor, you can take additional modules without retaking the core module. The core module is online in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
To be eligible to take a DAN IQC, you must be the following:
Note about the scuba diving educator requirement: Any scuba diving instructor or assistant instructor with a recognized scuba training organization can attend the IQC. A Divemaster/DiveCon who is also a CPR and first aid instructor with a recognized training agency can also attend the IQC.
Current DAN Instructor Trainers and Instructors who are certified to teach Basic Life Support: CPR and First Aid, Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries, First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries, Neurological Assessment and CPR Health-Care Provider with First Aid may complete an online crossover to be certified in this program as well.
Qualifications of DAN Instructors
Successful completion of the DAN IQC results in certification recognizing the instructor candidate's understanding and performance of the knowledge and skills contained within this program.
Instructors must maintain active teaching status with DAN to conduct DAN training programs. To maintain active teaching status, DAN Instructors must teach or assist with teaching each course in which they are certified once within a 24-month period.
Recommended Minimum Hours of Training
Knowledge and Skills Development
The time the course actually takes to teach varies depending upon many factors, including the number of students and their ability to process the educational components of the program along with the number of modules offered. DAN Instructor Trainers desiring to include subjects or training beyond the course requirements may do so only before or following the course. Any additional training must not be required for completion of course requirements.
The DAN Instructor Trainer must ensure that the instructor candidate is able to successfully demonstrate the ability to perform the required skills for each certified program in a role-model fashion.
Read the IQC Frequently Asked Questions.
Take the IQC Core Module Online.