DAN Training & Education
AED Matching Grant Program

More than 200,000 people die each year from sudden cardiac arrest in the United States. Most sudden cardiac arrest is caused by ventricular fibrillation (VF). For every minute a heart experiences VF, the chance of survival drops by 7 to 10 percent - even with CPR.

Divers are not more susceptible to this problem, neither are they immune, especially as they get older. Divers are, however, frequently more than 10 minutes away from emergency medical services, either at the local rock 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. Until just the last few years, defibrillators were too expensive or too difficult for lay rescuers to use. Today, Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) allow first aid providers to provide the much-needed emergency care. DAN created a training program to teach divers how to use Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in a dive setting.

Recognizing the life-saving potential of AEDs, DAN has also set up 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 SMART Training Pads. The complete package cost is $1536.84 and grant recipients will be responsible for half and the AED Matching Grant program will match the other half.

Policy & Procedures:

The purpose of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Matching Grant program is to assist those (individual or business/organization) in the United States that have a connection to diving (see definition in criteria) or aquatics and can demonstrate a genuine need of AED technology in the course of their normal operations

The goal of the Automated External Defibrillator Matching Grant program is to place one (1) AED unit every four (4) months (January, May and September). Note: DAN reserves the right to award more units than stated.

This program is funded completely by donations.

Program Process:
Grant cycles close the final business day in December, April and August. Grant requests must be received prior to 5:00 p.m. on these days to be considered for the respective grant cycle. Grant requests will then be reviewed for adherence to 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 to resubmit for a future grant cycle once all guidelines have been completed.

Copies of those applications meeting all guidelines will be forwarded to the 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.

Though 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 outcome is determined by the committee and no later than three weeks after the grant cycle closes.

Criteria for AED Matching Grant Program:

  • Must have a connection to diving (recreational, public service, commercial dive entities not dealing with recreational diving) or the aquatics field (public swimming pool, etc.)
  • Must have a demonstrable financial and use need as determined by the grant committee.
  • Must have at least two people on staff who are current in the Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for Scuba Diving course or Automated External Defibrillators for Aquatics Emergencies course or at least one DAN Instructor or DAN Instructor Trainer certified to teach one of these programs.
  • Must be able to provide, or raise the funds for, the match.
  • Must be able to provide, or pay for, the Medical Oversight (3 years) and sign a statement verifying that funding for oversight will be available.
  • Must be able to provide a central, safe, but accessible location to store the AED unit where it will do the most good. If the AED itself canít be immediately accessible, signs must be displayed to show that it is available and where. Photographs showing the placement of the unit as well as a copy of the protocol for use must be provided to DAN within 30 days of delivery of unit.
  • Must be US-based.
  • Cannot be a Federal Government Organization.

Frequently Asked Questions

Download AED Matching Grant Application (PDF: 15 KB)