Video Lecture Series (open to all)

Remote Management of DCS

Check out this talk with Dr. Nick Bird and learn signs and symptoms of decompression sickness; diagnostic criteria and treatment options in remote areas; and important factors that may help guide decisions about treatment versus evacuation.

Est. Time: 24 minutes

Does CPR Really Work?

Frances Smith, MS, EMT-P, DMT and DAN Education Programs Trainer offers insight to the importance of administering CPR to victims immediately after an incident and training opportunities available through DAN.

Est. Time: 2 minutes

Children and Diving

Dr. David Charash highlights important considerations for making informed decisions regarding children and diving.

Est. Time: 22 minutes

Aging and Diving

While older age is not a contraindication, it's important to have a framework for making informed decisions about diving as we age. Michael Strauss, MD, addresses these important concepts in his presentation "Aging and Diving: Guideline for Diving in Older Aged Individuals" from The Science of Wound Care, Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine 3rd Annual Conference and Expo.

Est. Time: 16 minutes

Medical Evaluation to Dive

Dr. Christopher Logue presents a case study to provide insight to evaluation process for recreational divers, including previous illnesses and sports injuries.

Est. Time: 27 minutes

Mechanisms and Management of Dive Accidents

This talk, presented by Nick Bird, MD, MMM, DAN Chief Medical Officer, addresses the underlying physics and physiology of decompression illnesses and appropriate prehospital management of dive injuries. Dr. Bird also describes causes of diving-related fatalities and primary methods of accident prevention as well as signs and symptoms of decompression illness and treatment procedures.

Est. Time: 15 minutes

Situational Awareness:
Metacognitive Approach to Person and Team Safety

Do you ever multitask? Dr. Richard Sadler reviews what can go wrong, even with training and preparation, emphasizing the importance of divers maintaining awareness while underwater.

Est. Time: 29 minutes

"The Bends": Diagnosis and Treatment

DCS does not have a medical test to aid in diagnosis. Dr. Christopher Logue presents the methods doctors use to diagnose and treat DCS.

Est. Time: 39 minutes

Defining Dive Safety for Public Safety Divers

Scott Smith, EMT-P, DAN Medical Information Specialist & Prehospital Medicine Course Director, offers an important framework for establishing safety protocols for public safety dive teams.

Est. Time: 22 minutes

Challenges in Diagnosing DCI

Decompression injuries are rare but potentially very serious events. Accurate diagnosis is critical to ensure rapid and appropriate care. The absence of objective measures can make this a good part art as well as science. It is important for all - divers, dive professionals and medical professionals - to appreciate the details and nuance that can improve diagnosis. This presentation by DAN Medic Marty McCafferty will consider conditions in both the prehospital and clinical settings that can improve diagnosis and care of divers.

Est. Time: 40 minutes

How Good is Your Emergency Action Plan?

This presentation by Marty McCafferty, discusses what information is most valuable at the time of an emergency and the rationale for having such information.

Est. Time: 41 minutes

Dive Accident Management

This lecture provides information about Diver Accident Management presented by DAN's CEO Dr. Nick Bird.

Est. Time: 44 minutes

Diver Fatalities

This lecture provides information about Diver Fatalities presented by DAN's president Dan Orr.

Est. Time: 45 minutes

Medications and Diving

This lecture provides an up-to-date approach to the issue of medications and diving. Emphasized is a systems approach to evaluate medical fitness to dive questions for divers who are either taking or will take medications.

Est. Time: 39 minutes

Online Training Seminars (login required)

The Optimal Path

In this lecture, Dr. Vann discusses the search for the optimal path to safe decompression from a dive and the struggle to determine acceptable risk.

Est. Time: 1.5 hours

Breathing Underwater is an Unnatural Act

Diving is easy under ideal conditions, but life on dry land doesn’t prepare us for the underwater environment where conditions can be far from ideal. How these conditions affect respiration and consciousness is the subject of this presentation.

Est. Time: 1.5 hours

Diabetes & Recreational Diving

Learn about diabetes and the new guidelines for diving with it in this presentation by Neal W. Pollock, Ph.D., a research physiologist with DAN.

Est. Time: 1.5 hours

Inert Gas Exchange, Bubbles, and Decompression Theory

Dr. Richard Vann, Vice President of Research at DAN, presented a lecture addressing some of the fundamental principles that govern inert gas exchange between the environment and tissue, and in particular, the profound effects that bubble formation can have on inert gas exchange. These ideas are placed in a historical context to show how decompression theory has evolved and how this has affected the severity of DCS.

Est. Time: 1.5 hours

Pathophysiology of Decompression Illness

Dr. Richard Moon, Senior Medical Consultant to DAN, presented this lecture to a recent Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine course. It features audio clips of Dr. Moon explaining issues including patent foramen ovale and the mechanical damage caused by gas bubbles in the body along with the history of decompression illness research and current research into ways to treat injured divers.

Est. Time: 1.5 hours

Ears and Diving Seminar

In spite of being one of the least understood, the ears are one of the most important body parts in the human body – especially as they relate to diving. This seminar is designed as a primer on how the ears function and the things divers must do to take care of their ears. It will help divers understand their ears and what is happening when they dive. Based on a presentation by Dr. Frans Cronje.

Est. Time: 1 hour