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DAN Instructor

Why become a DAN Instructor?

Prepare divers to prevent and manage dive incidents. Expand your course offerings so you can teach year-round and earn additional income. Enhance your teaching portfolio with additional credentials. Become a leader in dive safety, and help save lives.

Developed by Dive Medicine Physicians and Scuba Diving Educators

About DAN

DAN helps divers in need of medical emergency assistance and promotes dive safety through research, education, products and services.

DAN exists to provide expert medical information for the benefit of the diving public. DAN's historical and primary function is to provide timely information and assistance for underwater diving injuries, to work to prevent injuries and to promote dive safety.

DAN also promotes and supports underwater dive research and education, particularly as it relates to the improvement of dive safety, medical treatment and first aid.

Finally, DAN strives to provide the most accurate, up-to-date and unbiased information on issues of common concern to the diving public, primarily — but not exclusively — for dive safety.

How to become a DAN Instructor

The DAN Instructor Qualification Course (IQC) is the pathway to becoming a DAN Instructor. Active diving professionals who are DAN Members are eligible to enroll in this program. A CPR instruction credential is also required but can be obtained as part of the IQC.

Most instructor candidates begin with the Diving Emergency Management Provider (DEMP) program, which instructs candidates how to teach the four component courses shown here individually. It also covers how to teach the courses as the comprehensive DEMP program.

DAN Instructors who work with individuals who dive as part of their job or volunteer duties will want to consider adding the DFA PRO module as part of their IQC.

Step 1
Be a DAN member.

Step 2 
Be a current status scuba diving leader with your training agency. (dive master, dive controller, dive instructor)

Step 3
Participate in an Instructor Qualification Course (IQC) with a DAN Instructor Trainer.

Step 4
Start teaching when you receive confirmation from DAN.

How do I get started
Complete the IQC modules online. Request access to the IQC Modules online from your Instructor Trainer. Once you have completed them, the practical program takes approximately 1-2 days to complete.

Instructors must maintain active teaching status with DAN to conduct DAN training programs. To maintain active teaching status, DAN Instructors must teach or assist with teaching each course in which they are certified once within a 24-month period.

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