Tec Divers or looking to become one:
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Oxygen First Aid for Aquatic Emergencies
This course trains non-divers and
professional rescuers (such as lifeguards) to recognize near-drowning /
submersion incidents and other aquatic medical emergencies and to provide
basic life support including the use of oxygen first aid.
Every year more than 4,000 Americans
die from drowning and many more suffer from near-drowning events.
|According to the 1998 National Sporting
Goods Association (NSGA) Annual Sports Participation Survey, 58.2 million
Americans participated more than once in swimming during the year. The same
study identified nearly 30 million people who participated in power boating,
sailing, kayaking, rafting or canoeing.
|When swimmers and boaters have
near-drowning accidents, water in their lungs keeps their lungs from working
properly and they don't get an adequate amount of oxygen. This may cause
secondary drowning; victims appear to survive an incident only to die at home a
few hours later. Administering 100 percent oxygen first aid immediately after an
accident improves the victim's survival chances.
|For nearly a decade, DAN has preached
the benefits of providing oxygen to injured scuba divers. During that time more
than 80,000 people worldwide have been trained in this first aid skill. In March
of 1999, DAN Services, Inc., a wholly owned for-profit subsidiary of Divers
Alert Network, launched the Oxygen First Aid for Aquatic Emergencies (Aquatics)
program. Its goal is to extend the life-saving skills of oxygen first aid to
people who live and play in and around water. Providing high concentrations of
oxygen to near-drowning victims in the first few minutes after rescue can
prevent serious or even fatal complications.
COST - $65 per student to HiTek (4 hours of class room) - No prerequisites
- Non divers OK - Max 6 students