Divers Alert Network® (DAN®) has released two new e-learning courses for dive professionals, boat operators and anyone interested in learning more about safe diving practices. These courses, designed by DAN’s risk mitigation and training experts, offer those who put divers in the water an opportunity to refine the safety of their operations.
In 2018 the United States Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Alert to remind owners and operators of dive vessels that recreational diving is not regulated by the Coast Guard and that licensed masters of commercial vessels that transport divers are ultimately responsible and accountable for the passengers’ safety. DAN created the Dive Boat Safety Best Practices e-learning course to help boat captains and dive professionals understand and implement the Coast Guard’s recommendations. This 30-minute course is designed not only to promote safe operations but also to serve as a reminder of important aspects of maritime safety as they relate to diving, making it useful for boat-diving operations worldwide.
Quality breathing gas is something every scuba diver relies on, and breathing contaminated air underwater can be catastrophic. All who fill cylinders must be able to assure the quality of the breathing gas they supply and be able to prevent and manage incidents that result from contaminated air. DAN created the Assurance of Breathing Gas Quality e-learning course to help compressor operators and dive staff identify, prevent and respond to breathing gas contamination incidents.
To access these courses, go to DAN.DiverELearning.com, and click the “Available” tab. Both e-learning courses are available at no cost, and DAN encourages dive operators to integrate them into their existing staff training programs. Successful completion of these courses can shore up gaps in staff knowledge and illustrate your operation’s commitment to safe diving.