Diving First Aid for Professional Divers (DFA Pro)


Price: $270 includes $10 for DAN C-card.


Please contact our office for upcoming classes.


Participants: Maximum 6

Overview: This course (8 hr.; 1 CEU’s) is the Divers Alert Network (DAN) Diving First Aid for Professional Divers (DFA Pro) that is specifically designed for commercial, professional, and scientific divers along with aquarium staff and volunteers or people who utilize diving equipment as part of their job in these work environments.  For both dive masters and dive instructors, it provides a review of rescue management skills in order to maintain active certification.

DFA Pro utilizes information from the four core modules of CPR Health Care Provider (HCP), Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries, Neurological Assessment, and First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries.  This course meets U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and guidelines for CPR and first aid training within the aquatic workplace.

Information covered via lecture and video modules include anatomy, physiology, blood-borne pathogens, decompression illness, oxygen first aid, correct assessment and responses, and emergency medical management.  The specific skill sets developed during the course include:

  • Scene safety assessment
  • Primary and secondary assessments
  • Both one- and two-person CPR for adults (children and infants are optional)
  • Deployment and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED)
  • Airway obstruction management
  • Oxygen first aid administration
  • F-A-S-T assessment
  • Wound management (external bleeding control) by bandage and splint application
  • Pressure immobilization techniques
  • Management of severe allergic reactions.


Instructor: Alan Verde, Scientific Diving Safety Officer

Prerequisites: Open Water SCUBA Certification from any diving instructional entity such as PADI, NAUI, SSI, etc.

Required Text: eBook for DAN DFA Pro (will be emailed to participants)