Tuesday, May 04, 2010

DAN Announces the Return of DES Quest

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DAN Announces the Return of DES Quest

Popular Recognition Program Offers Special Incentive June 1–Dec. 31, 2010

DAN® Education is starting the summer with a special incentive to complete its most popular recognition program, Diving Emergency Specialist (DES). Any diver who completes the requirements between June 1 and Dec. 31, 2010, will receive a specially designed T-shirt in addition to the usual patch, waterproof card and wall certificate. The first 100 divers to complete the challenge will also receive a bonus gift. The DES Quest has returned!

DES is a recognition divers can earn any day of the year, but DAN Education wanted to celebrate it this summer because two changes to the DAN lineup now make it easier to achieve.

Last fall, DAN Education launched Basic Life Support and First Aid, the long-awaited DAN CPR/First Aid course. CPR and First Aid certification is the second requirement of being a DES diver.

Also within the last year, DAN Education revised its Diving Emergency Management Provider (DEMP) program to include Advanced Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries as a required component (it was previously optional). A diver who takes and completes DEMP will satisfy in one shot the third requirement of becoming a diving emergency specialist.

“DAN has always worked to offer divers the education they need to be able to assist in a diving emergency,” said Eric Douglas, director of DAN Education. “In the last year, we’ve made two key changes that make a DAN education even more well-rounded and complete. Both changes create a much more direct route to becoming a diving emergency specialist, and we wanted to celebrate that by bringing back the DES Quest.”

To be a DAN Diving Emergency Specialist, a diver must:

•Be a rescue level (or higher) diver with his training agency
•Hold a current CPR and First Aid certification (DAN Basic Life Support and First Aid satisfies this.)
•Hold a current certification in Diving Emergency Management Provider (DEMP)


•Hold a current certification in Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries (or equivalent) and three of the following:
•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

In addition to the incentive for divers to complete the DES Quest, there are special DES recognitions available for DAN Instructors and Instructor Trainers as well.

For more information on the return of the DES Quest, visit www.DiversAlertNetwork.org, call (800) 446-2671 or email oxygen@diversalertnetwork.org.

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