Levels and Requirements

The DSP Program is made of 3 levels, with an associated Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA) component. The division is based on size and nature of the dive operation, each providing recognition of the participants as a DAN Safety Partner.

DSP Silver (HIRA Level 1)

To become a Silver DAN Diving Safety Partner, your dive operation must:

  • Demonstrate staff emergency preparedness
  • Equipment preparedness
  • Procedure preparedness

The service provider should be able to effectively deal with emergencies that have occurred. The service provider should typically:

  • Be able to rescue injured persons (including diving emergencies, but also other non-diving-related injuries)
  • Be able to provide life support and basic first aid
  • Be able to administer oxygen and have sufficient oxygen supplies
  • Be able to conduct a neurological examination of an injured person
  • Be able to contact emergency service providers (including DAN)
  • Have a feasible Emergency Assistance Plan in place (for lost divers, diving emergencies and non-diving emergencies)

The provider should have appropriate oxygen, first aid and emergency equipment available and the staff members of the facility should have the following qualifications (DAN or equivalent):

Assessment

DAN provides interested applicants with guidance on how to meet the requirements to achieve this level. Depending on the degree of in-house expertise and knowledge concerning dive safety, either a DAN-led risk assessment will be conducted, or a self-assessment may be done by the facility or service provider. A standard reporting document is utilized and a final, completed report is submitted to DAN for consideration.


Recognition

Service providers and facilities that are committed to this level of safety and meet the minimum requirements will be recognised by DAN as a "Silver Diving Safety Partner".

DSP Gold (HIRA Level 2)

In addition to the level 1 requirements, the provider trains others to deal with emergency situations, emergency exercises are carried out on a planned or regular basis, and there is an increased awareness of safety. The service provider should typically:

  • Be able to deal with emergencies (diving, non-diving, neuro-assessment, etc)
  • Train others in emergency management of related injuries and illnesses
  • Continually log and maintain the competency of their staff members
  • Use standardized safety systems (e.g. checklists)

Apart from the equipment and facilities available for level 1 recognition, the facility should have a training facility available. The facility should also have an active (“current status”) instructor available, who can provide the following DAN (or equivalent) programs:


Assessment

As with the previous level, the assessment may be carried out by means of a risk assessment led by DAN or through self-assessment with a final report submitted to DAN for consideration.


Recognition

Service providers and facilities that are committed to this level of safety and meet the minimum requirements will be recognized by DAN as a “Gold Diving Safety Partner”.

DSP Platinum (HIRA Level 3)

This level of recognition is provided only to a limited number of facilities, who show an exceptional commitment to diving safety. The service provider will typically:

  • Be previously recognized as a Silver or Gold Diving Safety Partner and have maintained a good safety track-record, with clear and traceable records.
  • Have logs available which reflect all incidents and “near-misses”, including denominator data (number of persons trained, number of persons taken on dives, number of boat launches, etc.), provide an analysis of this data on a continuous basis, and show a clear commitment to improving safety. This is typical of an organization that has an effective, recognised quality assurance program in place.
  • In addition to the facilities and equipment required for the Gold level, have an active instructor trainer on site offering all the DAN (or equivalent) training courses.

Assessment

In order to assist these facilities in their quality assurance program, DAN will make a risk assessment expert available to these facilities. The expert will assist the facility in the risk assessment process in a more structured and “formal” manner. A final report is then forwarded by DAN to the facility, which can be used for reference and advice on further improvements of their safety practices. Specific critical control points will be identified, with specific suggestions on how these risks could be controlled in practice, how these may be monitored and what appropriate safety targets could be set.


Recognition

Service providers and facilities that are committed to this level of safety will be recognized by DAN as “Platinum Diving Safety Partners”. Details of these safety partners will by published by DAN in the Alert Diver – additional advertisement for these operators who have shown their total commitment to safe diving!