With more and more people visiting and diving the Raja Ampat area, the Raja Ampat Research and Conservation Centre (RARCC) and Papua Diving – Sorido Bay & Kri Eco Resort  are making it a priority to take the necessary steps to ensure that our local staff are better equipped to deal with any problems or emergencies that may arise.

This last June, 2017, in partnership with the Divers Alert Network (DAN) Europe, an RARCC volunteer, whom is a DAN Instructor Trainer, taught one of the two Papua Diving onsite certified Indonesian nurses, John Latumahina, the first aid steps needed in taking care of an injured diver, as well as how best to deal with dive related emergencies. Not only does this help in preparing the Papua Diving nurse for these kinds of emergencies, but will also give the RARCC the ability to train more local people, with John helping to assist our volunteer, since he is now a DAN trained nurse and both an English and Bahasa Indonesia speaker.

Our nurse participated and completed the following DAN courses:

Basic Life Support Provider

Oxygen Provider

Advanced Oxygen Provider

Medical Oxygen Rebreather Provider

Automated External Defibrillation Provider

Hazardous Marine Life Injuries

On-Site Neurological Assessment for Divers

The RARCC is sponsored by Papua Diving and, by providing this training, our NGO hopes to contribute in promoting diver safety in the Raja Ampat region, as well as to improve the skills of the Indonesian people.

Our resident volunteer is available to teach all DAN diver and instructor courses.

Thanks to his expertise, we are also offering technical diving training and instructor training, according to the International Association of Rebreather Trainers (IART) and the International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers (IANTD) standards.

Check out the On-site Neurological Assessment for Divers done during the training:

“Congratulations on the completion of the above courses John, and for all of the hard work you have put in. We thoroughly look forward to your continued work and dedication in everything you do, not only for the company, but also in assisting your fellow staff members by helping them become better prepared, and educated, in keeping this area safer as a whole.”

Message written by the Sorido Bay Resort’s manager, Christopher Harvey.

The RARCC has already started to teach the first group of local people working for Papua Diving some of these DAN courses.

More updates coming soon.


  • Published: 4 months ago on July 13, 2017
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  • Last Modified: July 13, 2017 @ 10:05 pm
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