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Automated External Defibrillators for Aquatic Emergencies

This course, DAN Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for Aquatic Emergencies, represents entry-level training designed to educate the general public to better recognize the warning signs of Sudden Cardiac Arrest and administer first aid using Basic Life Support techniques and Automated External Defibrillators while activating the local emergency medical services (EMS) and / or arranging for evacuation to the nearest appropriate medical facility.


  • In the United States, sudden cardiac arrest claims more than 225,000 to 250,000 lives a year, according to the American Heart Association.
  • Ninety three percent of the people involved in a submersion incident die from cardiac arrest.

Most common cause of sudden cardiac arrest is ventricular fibrillation. There are several causes of ventricular fibrillation including:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Drowning
  • Hypothermia
  • Electrical shock

The only definitive treatment for ventricular fibrillation is defibrillation. This course teaches lay-providers to use an automated external defibrillator to defibrillate a fibrillating heart and restore a normal rhythm.


Learning Objectives
At the end of this program, Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for Aquatic Emergencies course, participants will be able to:
  • Recognize the warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest.
  • Provide Basic Life Support while setting up the automated external defibrillator.
  • Provide basic life support with an AED.
  • Care for and maintain an AED.

This course does not provide training for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or water rescue. The training exercises of this course presuppose that the ill or injured person is already out of the water.

Participants will complete the written course assessment. Each student must pass the examination with a score of at least 80 percent, but the instructor should review the written assessment with all participants to ensure 100 percent understanding of the material.


Skill Performance Objectives
To successfully complete the Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for Aquatic Emergencies course, participants must demonstrate skill and confidence in:
  • Providing Basic Life Support.
  • Securing and setting up the Automated External Defibrillator.
  • Providing care with an Automated External Defibrillator.

COST - $60 per student (4 hours of class room) -  No prerequisites - Non divers OK - Max 6 students


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