In a dive emergency, whether the diver is suffering from decompression sickness or an arterial gas embolism, the primary first aid treatment to offer is oxygen first aid.
Diving injuries or accidents may result in:
Oxygen first aid may provide these important benefits:
To give the greatest benefit for the injured diver, provide the highest concentration of oxygen possible; 100 percent oxygen is recommended.
Policies and ProceduresPurpose: The purpose of the Oxygen Grant Program is to assist those organizations in the DAN America, DAN World or DAN Brasil regions that have a connection to diving (see definition in criteria) or aquatics and can demonstrate a genuine need of oxygen in the pursuit of their interaction with the dive or aquatics communities.
Goal: The goal of the Oxygen Grant Program is to place three oxygen units every three months (February, May, August and November of each year). Note: DAN reserves the right to award more units than the amount stated.
Funding: This program is funded entirely by donations.
Program process: Grant cycles close the final business day in January, April, July and October. Grant requests must be received before 5 p.m. Eastern time on these days to be considered for the respective grant cycle. Grant requests will be reviewed for adherence to the Oxygen Grant Program submission guidelines. Only applications meeting these guidelines will be considered. All others will be returned to the originator referring to submission requirements and inviting a resubmission for a future grant cycle once all guidelines have been completed.
Copies of applications meeting all guidelines will be forwarded to members of the Oxygen Grant Selection Committee after the close of each grant cycle for review and consideration. Discussions to determine recipients of an oxygen unit will occur at subsequently scheduled Oxygen Grant Selection Committee meetings.
Although Oxygen Grant Committee meetings are held as scheduled, special meetings may be called in the event of special circumstances.
Notifications, both approvals and denials, will be sent once the committee determines an outcome and no later than the end of the grant cycle (February, May, August and November).
Criteria for Oxygen Grant Program selection:
Frequently Asked QuestionsWe live outside the DAN America region but want to apply for an oxygen grant. Can you help us?
How do you decide what oxygen unit we receive?
Who pays for maintenance of the oxygen unit?
Donate to the DAN Oxygen Grant Program.
Download the DAN Oxygen Grant Program application and guidelines (PDF: 87 KB).
Read the DAN Grant Program Frequently Asked Questions.