You must attend a DAN IQC. You will also need to be a DAN Member, an active scuba educator (Divemaster/DiveCon or higher) and a current CPR/first aid instructor. Get started now by completing the core module online.
On occasion, DAN will waive the scuba educator requirement based on an individual's background. To apply for a waiver, contact DAN Education with your request. Include why we should grant the waiver and information about your diving and teaching backgrounds. Include supporting documentation.
DAN Education courses are hands-on training. We pride ourselves on the skills of our instructors. Each new instructor will work with a DAN Instructor Trainer to ensure skills are of role-model teaching quality. The trainer will help you understand how our courses are taught and various ways of effectively teaching.
Many people can perform the skills taught in the DAN Provider courses, but they need some help some in developing skills that are role-model quality and in learning how to teach those skills to others. Ideally, you should be comfortable performing skills when you take an instructor course. Don't worry if you aren't. There is plenty of time for everyone to practice.
No. Our instructor program is a modular format. All new instructors will complete the core module, and then you can take the IQC modules for the courses you want to teach. If later you decide you want to teach other courses, you just need to complete those IQC modules.
DAN IQCs are taught by independent DAN Instructor Trainers. Prices for IQCs, which are set by the individual trainer, can vary based on the number of courses you want to teach and whether materials are included in the course price.
You cannot order the materials directly from DAN; you'll get them through your DAN Instructor Trainer. It is the responsibility of the Instructor Trainer to help you get the right materials.
Yes. Instructor skills deteriorate just like provider skills. As an instructor, every two years you will need to teach or team-teach a provider course in each course you are certified. We also have available updates, which can be done online or with us at various locations throughout the year. You can also assist a DAN Instructor Trainer with an instructor course.
Most DAN Instructor Trainers can be found in the Find an Instructor listing online.
We rely on our independent instructor trainers to teach our courses just as we rely on our independent instructors to teach Provider courses.
The rewards are many. First, you help increase the knowledge of diving first aid and dive safety. Second, you assist us by supporting the DAN mission departments and areas such as medical research, the DAN Emergency Hotline and DAN Medical Information Line. And, of course, you can also make money for yourself by teaching DAN courses.