Divers are not more susceptible to this problem, but neither are they immune, especially as they get older. However, divers are frequently more than 10 minutes away from emergency medical services, either at the local quarry or out on a dive boat.
The only way to reset a heart in VF is with defibrillation — the application of an electric shock across the heart. Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) allow first aid providers to provide the much-needed emergency care. DAN has a training program to teach divers how to use AEDs in a dive setting.
Recognizing the life-saving potential of AEDs, DAN has established a program to provide matching money to dive operations, dive destinations and dive groups who wish to purchase an AED and make it available to divers.
The AED unit for the grant program is the Philips HeartStart FRx. It comes in a Pelican case with accompanying first aid pouch, SMART defibrillation pads and oronasal resuscitation mask. The unit also includes a set of training pads and an external or internal manikin adapter. The complete package cost is approximately $1,500 to $1,600; grant recipients will be responsible for half, and the AED Matching Grant Program will match the other half.
Policies and ProceduresPurpose: The purpose of the DAN AED Matching Grant Program is to assist those individuals, businesses or organizations in the United States that have a connection to diving (see definition in criteria) or aquatics and can demonstrate a genuine need of an AED in the course of their normal operations
Goal: The goal of the AED Matching Grant Program is to place one AED unit every four months (January, May and September). Note: DAN reserves the right to award more units than stated.
Funding: This program is funded entirely by donations.
Program process: Grant cycles close the final business day in December, April and August. 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 AED Matching Grant submission guidelines. Only those 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 AED Matching Grant Selection Committee after the close of each grant cycle for review and consideration. Discussions to determine recipients of an AED will occur at subsequently scheduled AED Matching Grant Selection Committee meetings.
Although AED Matching Grant Selection 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 three weeks after the grant cycle closes.
Criteria for AED Matching Grant Program selection:
Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat AED unit is provided?
Can we apply for grant money for spare pads and batteries?
What does it mean that medical direction is needed?
We don't have a physician who will give us this permission. Is this available through DAN?
We want to get an AED, but we live outside the United States. Can't you make an exception?
We can't afford the match for the AED Matching Grant. Will you give us more?
Download the AED Matching Grant application (PDF: 87 KB).
Read the DAN Grant Program Frequently Asked Questions.