Since 1997

​Instructor FAQ

How do I become a DAN Instructor?

You must attend a DAN IQC. You will also need to be a DAN Member, an active scuba educator (dive master/DiveCon or higher) and a current CPR/first aid instructor. Get started now by completing the CORE MODULE Online.

I’m not a dive educator, but I’d like to teach. 

On occasion, DAN will waive the scuba educator requirement based on an individual's background. To apply for a waiver, contact DAN Training with your request. Include why we should grant the waiver and information about your diving and teaching backgrounds. Include supporting documentation.

Why can’t I just do an online crossover?

DAN Training courses are hands-on training. We pride ourselves on the skills of our instructors. Each new instructor will work with a DAN instructor trainer to ensure skills are of role-model teaching quality. The trainer will help you understand how our courses are taught and various ways of effectively teaching.

I know how to use oxygen. What Will I learn in an IQC?

Many people can perform the skills taught in the DAN provider courses, but they need some help  in developing skills that are role-model quality and in learning how to teach those skills to others. Ideally, you should be comfortable performing skills when you take an instructor course. Don't worry if you aren't. There is plenty of time for everyone to practice.

Do I have to teach every class?

No. Our instructor program is a modular format. All new instructors will complete the core module, and then you can take the IQC modules for the courses you want to teach. If later you decide you want to teach other courses, you just need to complete those IQC modules.

How much does the IQC cost?

DAN IQCs are taught by independent DAN instructor trainers. Prices for IQCs, which are set by the individual trainer, can vary based on the number of courses you want to teach and whether materials are included in the course price.

How do I get the materials?

You cannot order the materials directly from DAN. It is the  Instructor Trainer’s responsibility to help you get the  correct materials.

Is there any continuing education to remain current?

Yes. Instructor skills deteriorate just like provider skills. As an instructor, you will need to teach or team-teach every two years, a course(s) you are certified in. Updates can be done  at various locations throughout the year. You can also assist a DAN Instructor Trainer with an instructor course.

How do I find an Instructor Trainer?

Most DAN Instructor Trainers can be found in the Find an Instructor listing online.

Why can’t I take the IQC from you?

We rely on our independent instructor trainers to teach our courses just as we rely on our independent instructors to teach provider courses.

What can I gain from teaching DAN Courses?

The rewards are many. Firstly, you help increase the knowledge of diving first aid and dive safety. Secondly, you assist us by supporting the DAN mission and medical research, the DAN Emergency Hotline and DAN Medical Information Line. And, of course, you can also make money for yourself by teaching DAN courses.

DAN Instructor & DAN Instructor Trainer Differences?

Instructors teach provider courses to divers and Trainers teach both provider courses and instructor courses.

Who do you consider scuba instructor trainers?

We define a scuba instructor trainer as someone certified by their dive training organisation to teach scuba instructors. The following are some examples:
  • ACUC Instructor Trainer
  • CMAS Three star instructor
  • IANTD Instructor Trainer
  • NAUI Instructor Trainer or Course Director
  • PADI Course Director or IDC Staff Instructor*
  • SDI/TDI Instructor Trainer
  • SSI Instructor Trainer or Instructor Certifier

I know how to teach.  What will I learn in an ITW?

DAN expects instructor trainers not only to have role-model-quality skills but also to be able to effectively break down skills and teach others how to teach. The ITW gives you plenty of time to learn the methodology and style of DAN training courses, and hone your teaching skills. . An ITW, which include all   courses takes approximately 24 hours. 

Can I be a trainer for just one course?

To be able to offer a more complete instructor course, we prefer that all of our instructor trainers be able to teach the courses that make up the Diving Emergency Management Provider (DEMP) programme.

Where do I find an ITW?

DAN Training staff hosts ITWs throughout the year. Our schedule can be found online. We also have independent DAN Examiners who can teach the ITW. Conatct the DAN-SA office for a lisiting of DAN examiners.

How do I get the materials to study for the programme?

DAN Training staff or the DAN Examiner will provide the materials to you at the ITW. Depending on the schedule, some examiners may provide them ahead of time with assignments. DAN staff will provide the materials during the ITW.

Is there any continuing education to remain current?

Yes. As a DAN instructor trainer, you will need to teach or team-teach an instructor course in each course you are certified every two years. Every few years DAN Training requires trainers to complete an update. DAN Training offers these updates in various locations.