Tuesday, May 22, 2007

DAN DES Quest II Begins June 1

The Quest Continues...

DES Quest II Begins June 1

The DES QUEST is back! Once again, DAN is challenging all divers to achieve the level of Diving Emergency Specialist (DES), a training recognition program designed to commend divers who have continued their education and training in order to increase their safety and improve their ability to assist in an emergency.

To become a Diving Emergency Specialist, a diver must:

Be a rescue level (or higher) diver with their training agency
Hold a current CPR and First Aid certification
Hold a current certification in Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries (or equivalent)
Complete three of the following (or the equivalent):
Advanced Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries
First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries
AEDs for Scuba Diving
On-Site Neurological Assessment for Divers
Remote Emergency Medical Oxygen (REMO2™)

When training is complete, simply submit the diver’s information and application fee to DAN (visit http://www.DiversAlertNetwork.org/training/courses/des/ to download the application) and we’ll take care of the rest.

Though the program is designed to encourage dive students, we haven’t forgotten the instructors who teach them. For every DES diver you submit to DAN, you will be entered in the instructor drawing for a $500 DAN Gift Certificate. There is no limit to the number of times your name can be entered in the drawing; if you teach and submit 50 DES divers to DAN, your name will be entered 50 times!

You don’t have to be a "DES Instructor" to register a DES Diver; your status as an active DAN Instructor (with appropriate class credentials) will do. However, if you’d like to hold the DES Instructor designation, check out http://www.DiversAlertNetwork.org/training/courses/des/instruct.asp for details on how to qualify.

(On a side note, remember that all you need is a DES Instructor on staff and an active DAN Business Membership to qualify as a DAN Training Center).

The DES Quest will run June 1 – December 31, 2007. DES incorporates DAN Training Programs with those of other training agencies, so this is an excellent opportunity to drive continuing education to your business. Free promotional materials (including posters) are available to you, just contact your Business Membership team at (877) 532-6776 or BizMember@DiversAlertNetwork.org to request a supply.

Please email omnidive@omnidivers.com if you are interested or want additional information.

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