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DAN Announces U.S. Coast Guard Approval for DFA Pro Course

Divers Alert Network® (DAN®) is pleased to announce the United States Coast Guard approval of the DAN Diving First Aid for Professional Divers (DFA Pro) course.

The DFA Pro course, which is designed to offer critical training and education to professionals in the diving or marine industries has been recognized as satisfying the CPR and first aid requirements identified in federal maritime regulations. The course was previously given provisional approval in 2014, and has now been granted approval for the full five-year approval term ending on March 31, 2022. Individuals who take the DAN DFA Pro course can now apply their credentials to Merchant Mariner Credential applications and satisfy the following requirements:

  • Elementary First Aid per STCW Code Table A-VI/I-3
  • Elementary First Aid per CFR 11.302(a)(3) and 46 CFR 12.602(a)(3)
  • The First Aid and CPR training requirements of 46 CFR 11.201(i)(l)

The DFA Pro course is comprised of information from the DAN Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries, Neurological Assessment, First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries, and CPR HCP courses. It also meets U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines for workplace CPR and first aid.

“The U.S. Coast Guard approval of the DAN DFA Pro course serves as recognition of the quality of DAN’s first aid courses, and improves the ability of DAN to effect positive change in the marine and workplace safety industries,” said Bill Ziefle, DAN President and CEO. “This course exemplifies DAN’s mission to improve the safety of all marine activities, and foster a culture of safety wherever possible” added Patty Seery, DAN Director of Training.

The DAN DFA Pro course is available now and can be taught by qualified DAN Instructors. For more information visit DAN.org, or contact us. To find an instructor near you, visit DAN.org/Training.