Diving first aid (DFA) for professionals

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The Diving First Aid (DFA) for professionals is not just for professional scuba divers. The first aid course provides the industry’s most comprehensive education in basic life support skills, CPR, AED as well as O2 administration, neurological evaluations, tourniquet use, deep laceration treatment and more. Don’t be fooled by its name, this course is for ANY diver, not just dive professionals.

What to expect in this course:

Diving first aid (DFA) for professionals is the most comprehensive medical course offered we offer. Created by Divers Alert Network (DAN), this course teaches divers (and non-divers alike) how to respond to emergencies as well as conduct cursory neurological exams. It goes above and beyond scuba agency medical training and is recommended for divers who enjoy diving in remote areas where emergency services may take a while to arrive. This class fulfills the prerequisite requirements for our rescue course. 

Who this class is for:

  • Any person wanting to be better prepared for medical emergencies.
  • Lifeguards, babysitters or caregivers, outdoor enthusiasts, scuba divers.
  • Professionals in commercial, instruction aquarium, scientific diving.
  • Those who need OSHA/ILCOR compliant training or a USCG accepted course.

Our DFA Pro course fee includes:

  • Your online learning, tests & one on one instructor review.
  • In-person classroom training with a certified instructor
    CPR certification (must renew every 2 years).
  • DFA for professionals certification card & processing fees.
  • Pocket Mask

What you will learn:

  • Neurological evaluations
  • BVM (Bag-Valve-Mask) usage
  • Deep laceration first aid
  • Tourniquet Use
  • Oxygen Administration
  • Proper splint creation & use
  • Proper sling creation & use
  • CPR administration for children, infants, and adults
  • AED use for children and adults.
  • First aid for possible workplace incidents.
  • First aid for common injuries.
  • How to recognize and evaluate an emergency and victim
  • Be able to provide 1-person infant, child, and adult CPR to a non-breathing or injured person and administer the proper first aid.
  • Properly use an automated external defibrillator (AED)

Course Requirements:

CPR/Diver first aid certification prerequisites:

  • 10 years or older (Under 18 requires parental consent)

Gear requirements:


Class requirements:

  • Satisfactorily complete the online learning course with a passing test score.
  • Complete all classroom requirements efficiently

Time Requirements:

  • 2-3 hours for online learning
  • 5-6 hours of instructor led classroom training

Diving First Aid (DFA) for Professionals

This course teaches neurological evaluations, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid, automated external defibrillator (AED), laceration treatment, BVM usage, Oxygen administration & more combined into one program.  It is designed to teach the techniques to administer CPR, first aid, utilize an AED & handle other common injuries in an emergency situations involving infants, children, and adults. This course fulfills the prerequisite for earning your Rescue diver certification.