DAN Instructor Trainer info

DAN Instructor Trainer Workshop (ITW)

DAN Instructor Trainers have achieved the highest level of training available in the DAN Instructional System. They are exceptionally experienced instructors who are dedicated to dive safety education. DAN Instructor Trainers are the only individuals certified to train DAN Instructors as part of the DAN Instructor Qualification Course (IQC).

After completing a 3 day DAN Instructor Trainer Workshop, DAN Instructor Trainers can present the knowledge and skills development sessions of the Core Module the various course modules of the IQC.

During the ITW, candidates will be trained and prepared to run an IQC by themselves and promote diving safety and the DAN courses. Additionally the candidates will learn how to evaluate first aid Instructors during skill practise and will be able to provide role model demonstrations on both Instructor and Instructor Trainer level.

During the ITW, the candidates will be evaluated as Provider, Instructor and Instructors Trainer, by teaching skills from the different DAN courses. Additional information about the courses and First Aid materials will prepare the candidates for their role as Instructor Trainer.




DAN Instructor Trainer Requirements

If the candidate is in teaching status for instructor level for diving first aid courses, they will be able to access the DAN Instructor Trainer level for all training programmes, otherwise they will only be able to access this level for the programmes that do not involve diving first aid (except for the "Oxygen First Aid for Aquatic Emergencies" course).

To be able to apply for the role of DAN Instructor Trainer candidate, the candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • Be, alternatively (the DAN Training Dept. reserves the right to evaluate if requests are adequate):
    • trainer with experience conducting instructor level courses for a recognized diver certification organization;
    • trainer of trainers for a recognized first aid organization;
    • expert trainer for instructor level programmes (must present paperwork to prove it) in a professionally recognized context, where knowledge and skill development activities are involved.

  • Be a DAN Europe Member in good standing, as well as be current on the annual renewal fee (Teaching Status) for Instructor level, and not have committed any disciplinary irregularities.


In addition, the candidate must prove their teaching experience at instructor level, and therefore must have certified a number of providers at least equal to what is stated below:

  • To become DAN Instructor Trainer for all training programmes
    • 20 providers BLSD or PBLSD
    • 20 providers Oxygen First Aid
    • 40 total providers in at least 3 different programmes between ADV O2, Neuro, HMLI, MO2R, FA

  • To become DAN Instructor Trainer for training programmes that do not involve aquatic first aid (except for the "Oxygen First Aid for Aquatic Emergencies" course)
    • 60 providers BLSD or PBLSD
    • 20 providers First Aid


DAN Training Dept. has discretionary evaluation power on every request, following this criteria:

  • provided business plan from the candidate;
  • candidate curriculum vitae;
  • presence of other DAN Instructor Trainer in the same area/region;
  • disciplinary sanctions / actions from other organisations.


Note: To be able to apply for DAN Instructor Trainer for the Fire Safety Officer programme, candidates must already hold a DAN Instructor Certification and have certified at least 20 providers as instructors for the "Fire Safety Officer" programme.

Note 2: Fire Prevention DAN Instructor Trainer and Dive Medicine for Divers programmes are not usually included in an ITW (Instructor Trainer Workshop); these programmes follow a different calendar, decided by the Regional Training Coordinator and by the DAN Training Dept.




Course Materials

Every Instructor Trainer candidates receives a DAN ITW kit containing:

  • Student handbooks for each provider course
  • DAN Provider course slides for each provider course
  • DAN Instructor Manuals for each module of the IQC
  • DAN Instructor Qualification Course slides
  • DAN Instructor Trainer Manual
  • Non Rebreather mask
  • Oronasal Resuscitation Mask
  • Student First Aid Pack
  • Sponsor Kit
  • Promotional materials

DAN Europe ITW's are organised by DAN Europe Training.
Only Staff members and members of the DAN Europe Training committee can offer this Programme.

An Instructor Trainer Certifier will assess the skills and exam on the last day of the ITW to guarantee an impartial judgement and the best possible quality.