The Scuba Club is now pleased to offer emergency care training courses to club members due to the generous support of the University of Miami Citizen’s Board. 

Even the most careful divers can find themselves involved with a diving accident, so having a understanding of CPR, first aid, and oxygen administration are critical skills that anyone spending time around the water should possess.

DAN Basic Life Support: CPR and First Aid will teach you how to perform CPR, use an automated external defibrillator (AED), clear an obstructed airway, and introduce you to many common first aid skills.

DAN Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries will teach you the technique of emergency oxygen administration for suspected diving injuries and nonfatal drowning. You will learn the fundamentals of recognizing dive injuries along with response and management. 

DAN First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries teaches divers how to identify and     avoid potentially harmful marine life. It also provides first aid skills to minimize these injuries and reduce discomfort. 

DAN Neurological Assessment course focuses on how to obtain essential information about an individual involved in a dive emergency or suspected of having a stroke and what information to relay to EMS.

DAN Diving Emergency Management Provider The DEMP program prepares you to address multiple problems at once and with confidence. It combines the knowledge and skills from the following four courses into a single approach to managing diving emergencies: Basic Life Support: CPR and First Aid, Neurological Assessment, Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries and First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries.

DAN Diving Emergency Specialist is a recognition program for divers who have made a commitment to dive safety. If you are a rescue diver or higher, and have completed the DEMP curriculum, you are eligible to apply for DES.       

American Heart Association (AHA) classes may be offered including Heartsaver CPR/First Aid/AED for Adult/Child/ Infant, Bloodborne Pathogens and BLS for Healthcare Provider if requested. 

Please contact Rick Thompson at i.thompson1@umiami.edu or (412) 983-7687  to sign up for a class, discuss the prices of various courses, or if you have any other questions.  

Non-club members may also participate in emergency care training courses. Additional fees will apply.

Meet your instructors!

Rick Thompson is a Wilderness EMT, American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructor and DAN Diving Emergency Specialist Trainer. Teaching ECT is one of his passions and he loves to give students the confidence to handle emergency situations through fun and comprehensive classes!

Rick Thompson is a Wilderness EMT, American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructor and DAN Diving Emergency Specialist Trainer. Teaching ECT is one of his passions and he loves to give students the confidence to handle emergency situations through fun and comprehensive classes!

Sydney Harned is a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and Emergency First Responder Instructor. She started diving when she was 12 years old and has loved it ever since. She loves introducing people to diving so they can share in the excitement! 

Sydney Harned is a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and Emergency First Responder Instructor. She started diving when she was 12 years old and has loved it ever since. She loves introducing people to diving so they can share in the excitement! 

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