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11-14-2007, 11:47
Could be very helpful DAN DAN Divers Alert Network - Scuba Diving and Dive Safety Association (http://www.diversalertnetwork.org/)

DAN Pocket Guide to First Aid for Scuba Diving (http://www.amazon.com/dp/193167616X?tag=whicolnom-20&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=193167616X&adid=03BSED8GRRXJ29ZNBSXT&)


11-14-2007, 11:50
Then again, it might be a better idea to get first aid dive training, so when you need to know what to do, you won't have to waste time looking it up.

11-14-2007, 12:24
Actually, the best approach might be both. There is no substitute for First Aid / CPR training. However, when you only get certified every other year or so you might not remember everything when you actually need to put it to use. The DAN guide would be a very handy reference to have around.

11-14-2007, 12:31
It's a handy guide. I had one but lost it somewhere along the way.

Best if combined with actual training, of course, as Matt points out, but good to have nonetheless.

11-14-2007, 17:38
As MSilvia noted, get the CPR/First Aid training then the DAN courses as well. The have a Dive Emergency Specialist (DES) rating that would get you what you need.

11-14-2007, 18:17
That is a great easy to use and quick ref. book for all us whom have taken a number of DAN and other first-aid/CPR/AED programs in the past but don't apply the skills on a routen basis...and I bet that includes most of us. I to have a DAN DES recognition,,PADI EFR training and a few others, but its great having something on site that can prompt your memory as needed!

11-14-2007, 18:19
I've seen that guide and it's a good but doesn't replace training. Good to keep in your log book but you need to go read through and stay refreshed. Thinking it's there to refer to during an emergency is going to get someone hurt.

The fact remains though that a one day class will give you the very basics only. Also people forget stuff that there are not exposed to regularly and practice. Having something to refer is great but you need to read through it and refresh before you need to use it.

11-14-2007, 20:42
Hands on training you cant beat that.

11-14-2007, 21:33
I'm wrapping up my DES now and agree that the book is a handy reference, but you have to get the course work to back it up. That being said, I would encourage everyone (diver or not but especially divers) to take First Aid and CPR courses and keep their certifications current. Sadly or luckily depending on how you look at it my wife and I have both had the opportunity to use our training and we are both glad we knew what to do. Training pays off.