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COVID-19: Updated First Aid Training Recommendations From DAN

DAN Training has updated its recommendations regarding first aid courses during the COVID-19 pandemic.Divers Alert Network has updated its recent recommendations regarding teaching during the COVID-19 crisis.

In light of the progression of this situation and to be in compliance with expanding government mandates, DAN recommends completing only the online portions of first aid courses at this time. In-class sessions and skill development should be postponed. Please abide by the directives of federal, state and local authorities to help curb this crisis.


When hands-on sessions can resume, please adhere closely to the following:

1) Use personal protective equipment (PPE) extensively throughout the course. Use gloves for all skills, and use masks (oronasal, pocket and/or nonrebreather) as appropriate. Do not share PPE.

2) Disinfect surfaces often, and disinfect manikins thoroughly between each student.

3) Courses have specific performance requirements. Inability to complete required skills will delay course completion approval.

4) DAN recommends limiting class size, spreading out as much as possible and using a maximum student-to-instructor ratio of 6:1. Lower is better.

5) For college classes and institutions in which a score or grade must be entered, the final assessment may be administered to facilitate this requirement, but a completion card will not be issued until all performance requirements have been met. Students must complete all skill components before a course completion card can be issued.

If you have symptoms or were exposed to an infected person, do not attend a class. If you have questions, please contact us at Oxygen@DAN.org.

In the meantime, keep your students engaged with (or ask your instructor about) the online seminars now available on DAN's e-learning platform. These free online seminars include:

• Breathing Underwater is an Unnatural Act
• Diabetes and Recreational Diving
• Ears and Diving
• Inert Gas Exchange, Bubbles, and Decompression Theory
• Pathophysiology of Decompression Illness
• The Optimal Path
• DAN Assurance of Breathing Gas Quality
• Dive Boat Safety Best Practices

So while you are practicing your social distancing, use this opportunity to enhance your knowledge and take one or more of these courses.


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