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DAN – ER First, Chamber Second

Two divers bob in the swell, their surface marker buoy deployed, waiting on a pickup from their dive boat. After an 80-foot wall dive and a whale shark sighting, morale is high. By Caitlyn Ruskell, DAN Content Writer/Editor About an hour later the divers hike back to their bungalow. One of them feels pretty...

DAN – Why You Should Take a Rescue Diver Course

You don’t need the endurance of a Navy SEAL or a desire to jump into the conditions shown in The Perfect Storm to be a great rescue diver; all you need is an open water certification and the willingness to work hard to gain a new skill set. A rescue diver course won’t break you, but it will be challenging. Luckily...


As Divers Alert Network® (DAN®) endeavors to advance safe diving worldwide, efforts to enhance the services available in the Asia-Pacific region are well underway. Over the next six months, every DAN Instructor in the region will have an opportunity to participate in a bridging workshop to maintain their active teaching status. These bridging workshops will ensure instructors have the support and resources they...

DAN – Emergency Action Plans

Why You Need to Create a Personal EAP After you’ve sprinted to your gate and experienced the sweet relief of making your flight, you get to sit back and listen to a preflight safety briefing. These briefings alert passengers of their role in the emergency action plans that airline safety professionals have created for the most likely in-flight emergencies....

DAN Welcomes Craig Cook, M.D., To Its Board of Directors

Craig Cook

Divers Alert Network® (DAN®) is pleased to announce that Craig Cook, M.D., has joined its board of directors. Cook specializes in anesthesiology, undersea and hyperbaric medicine, sports medicine and wilderness medicine and has served as a diving medical officer for many expeditions and organizations. His commitment to safe exploration aligns perfectly with DAN’s mission, making him an ideal addition to the DAN...

Myth-Busting the Bends

Decompression Chamber

Decompression sickness (DCS) isn't the most straightforward topic: It has lots of associated acronyms, it shares symptoms with many other conditions, and even though almost all divers take steps to prevent it, some still get it. To minimize the likelihood of you or a buddy suffering from DCS, you need to actively avoid it every time you...

DAN – Dive Planning

Every year thousands of hikers attempt to thru-hike the Appalachian trail, but only about 25 percent of those who begin the trek complete all 2,190 miles of it in one go. Those who do finish it often say the adventure changed their lives for the better, and most attribute their success to proper planning. Poor planning or...

Dive Longer, Dive Safer – Know Your Nitrox

When you’ve spent hundreds of hours preparing for your dream dive, travelling to a new destination, or hoping to see that elusive albino frogfish you’ve been hunting, every minute of your dive counts and turning for the surface because you’ve run out of no-deco time can hurt. It’s moments like these that drive many divers to maximize...

Immersion Pulmonary Edema – What You Need to Know

As the number of divers in their retirement years increases, immersion pulmonary edema (IPE) has begun to move into the focus of dive safety researchers. Also called swimming induced pulmonary edema (SIPE), the condition may occur in young and health swimmers, but the risk increases with age and age-related health changes. While IPE may be fatal, divers who are able to recognize symptoms early and exit the water often have good outcomes, and spontaneous improvements are common. Here’s what you need to know about IPE.

Completing the Circle: A Dive Safari Around the Philippines’ Mindoro Island

Now, as we stood on the hotel balcony at the Marco Vincent Dive Resort in Puerto Galera, Philippines looking out over the pool and watching the water sloshing back and forth, we understood what life is like here on this part of the Pacific “Ring of Fire”.

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