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First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries


Serious hazardous marine life injuries are rare, but most divers experience minor discomfort from unintentional encounters with fire coral, jellyfish and other marine creatures. This course teaches divers to minimize these injuries and reduce diver discomfort and pain.

 

A diver surfaces from a dive in an area abundant with coral, removes his fins and finds redness, swelling and blisters just beginning to show on his left ankle. He also experiences a stinging sensation on the same ankle.  

A diver, following a dive to an area filled with marine life, notices a small bite pattern on his lower right leg and some stiffness; he also experiences difficulty swallowing, has a generalized weakness and a slight numbness in the area of the bite.  

A diver experiences pain, nausea and some swelling associated with a purple-and-black puncture wound in his left knee.

The common thread from each of the three injuries is that they likely came from contact with some form of hazardous marine life. Given similar circumstances with you or a dive buddy, would you be able to appropriately treat each injury?

 

 
Learning Objectives
At the end of this program, participants will be able to:
  • Identify the four types of hazardous marine life injuries.
  • Name at least five venomous marine animals.
  • List five common warning signs of an envenomation.
  • Describe the appropriate first aid procedure for managing a venomous marine animal injury.
  • Name at least three aquatic animals that may bite a diver.
  • List two common warning signs of marine animal bite.
  • Describe the appropriate first aid procedure for managing a bite from a marine animal.
  • Name at least three marine animals that may cause irritations to the diver.
  • List at least four common warning signs of irritations.
  • Describe the appropriate first aid procedure for accidental contact with aquatic life.
  • Identify two common types of seafood poisonings.
  • Name at least three types of fish that can cause seafood poisoning.
  • List three common warning signs of seafood poisoning.
  • State the reason why evaluation by a medical professional is necessary when seafood poisoning is suspected.
  • Describe the appropriate first aid procedures for managing suspected seafood poisoning.
  • Perform a scene safety assessment.
  • List the steps in performing a scene safety assessment.
  • Assess the Airway, Breathing and Circulation (ABCs) of an injured diver.
  • Demonstrate a caring attitude towards a diver who becomes ill or injured.
  • Establish and maintain the Airway and Breathing (perform Rescue Breathing) for an injured diver.
  • Describe the importance of the use of supplemental oxygen as a first aid measure for injured divers.
  • Demonstrate the techniques for controlling bleeding including direct pressure, elevation and the use of pressure dressings and pressure points.
  • Locate and demonstrate the use of pressure points to control external bleeding.
  • Apply dressings and bandages to manage wounds caused by hazardous marine life.
  • Demonstrate an ongoing assessment and manage shock.
  • Demonstrate the pressure immobilization technique.
  • List the components of an Emergency Assistance Plan.
  • Describe at least five techniques or guidelines that minimize the risk of injury from marine animals.

Skill Performance Objectives
To successfully complete the DAN First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries course, participants must demonstrate skill and confidence providing first aid to injured divers who have simulated hazardous marine life injuries.

The nature and scope of this course is limited to training divers and interested non-divers such as boat captains, water enthusiasts and non-diving family members to identify potential hazardous marine life; to provide first aid for a hazardous marine animal injury; and to prevent injuries caused by hazardous marine life. This course does not provide training for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or scuba diving rescue. The training exercises of this course presuppose that the ill or injured diver has already been brought to shore or is aboard the boat.

The First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries program is designed to provide knowledge regarding specific types of marine creature injuries and the general first aid treatment for those injuries.

COST - $65 per student (4 hours of class room) : No prerequisites - Non Divers OK -  Max 18 Students


 

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