What You Learn

This DAN First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries course teaches divers how to identify and avoid potentially harmful marine life. It also provides first aid skills to minimize these injuries and reduce discomfort.

You will learn about:

  • Vertebrate and invertebrate sources of envenomations

  • Traumatic injuries

  • Life-threatening complications

  • Seafood poisonings

  • Avoidance of marine life injuries

  • You will develop the following skills:

  • Initial assessment

  • Shock management

  • Treatment of stinging and spiny envenomations and injuries

  • Control of external bleeding

  • Pressure immobilization technique

  • Severe allergic reactions

  • Creation of an emergency assistance plan


Divers may experience unintentional encounters with fire coral, jellyfish and other marine creatures. Any time a person enters the marine environment there is a chance of being stung, bitten or cut. This course will teach you where you can expect to encounter potentially hazardous marine life and how to provide first aid when injuries occur. The more you know about the marine environment, the greater your chances of having safe, memorable dives.


Terry has extensive experience with the worlds most deadliest land and marine creatures. He is a subject matter expect on all of Australia's deadliest snakes, spiders and marine creatures of the South Pacific. His knowledge is second to none when it comes to knowing what the critter is, how they hurt or kill you and how to avoid them. IF unlucky he will teach you how to get the appropriate first aid or teach you how to avoid being killed. Terry's  background brings to life every element of this course like no other.