DAN Instructor info

By who and how is a DAN Instructor Qualification Course organised?

DAN Instructor Qualification Courses (IQC) are organised worldwide by DAN Instructor Trainers. You can find a list of the DAN Instructors/ Instructor Trainers, who gave us authorisation to publish their personal data here.

The IQC follows a modular format. There is a Core Module and then a separate module representing each training program. You can take all existing modules as part of one course, or just take the Core Module and one course module - whatever you are interested in teaching. Later, as long as you remain a current and active DAN Instructor, you can take additional modules without retaking the Core Module. The Core Module is also available online and teaches the Instructor candidate all current Standards and Procedures: this module can be seen as the introductory module for all further modules.

To be able to apply for the role of DAN Instructor, the candidate must have the following qualifications:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Must have obtained a DAN certificate for Provider level for the course they intend to teach, or have an equivalent qualification by another recognized organization (in such a case the candidate must however have viewed all of the DAN Training material of provider level for the specific course) within the past 24 months.

To be able to teach any DAN Training courses, including diving first aid* courses, the candidate must be either:

  • A qualified dive professional, divemaster (or equivalent) or higher from a recognized diver certification organization, or
  • Diver Medical Technician - DMT (a learning follow-up is required for teaching, to be carried out during the IQC path).

To be able to teach DAN Training courses not related to diving first aid*, the candidate must be either:

  • Doctor**/nurse/medical professional (a learning follow-up is required for teaching, to be carried out during the IQC path), or
  • BLS/First Aid Instructor from another organisation, or
  • Occupational Health and Safety Trainer*** / other training expertise (after prior authorization from the DAN Training Dept.).

*Except for the "Oxygen First Aid for Aquatic Emergencies" course.
**Specialized doctors in hyperbaric medicine have access to all DAN Training courses.
***As defined by national laws and regulations.





Each IQC consists of a theoretical and practical part. During the academic session the candidates take a closer look at course standards and procedures, educational materials, course structure and organisation. During the Practical session the Instructor candidate learns how to teach the skills to students using micro teaching techniques. During this session the candidates also need to provide role model demonstrations before they can take the final exam.

The DAN Instructor Trainer issues a successful completion card to all successful candidates at the end of the course.
As soon as DAN Training receives the course administration and has checked if all prerequisites were met, the official DAN Instructor C-card and wall certificate will be sent to the DAN Instructor.
The newly certified Instructor will also receive a confirmation by email that his credentials where issued. All info and advantages connected to his certification will also be immediately accessible in his My DAN area.

What does the DAN Instructor receive during the Course?

If the Instructor candidate is not yet a DAN Instructor for other DAN courses the candidate will receive a Core kit and one or more Instructor Packs (one for each Instructor module). If he was already a DAN Instructor and thus does not need to do the core module again, he will only receive the Instructor Pack(s)
The Core kit is a backpack containing promotional and other DAN materials, while the Instructor packs contain the multilingual digital lesson guides and some DAN Training brochures.

What does the student kit & certification cost?
Since the Instructor Trainer can not teach and certify without a student kit, the price of the student kit is included in the course price.  There is no additional fee asked in order to get certified and receive the DAN Instructor Credentials.

To become a DAN Instructor, look for the next available IQC course.