Human Factors Skills in Diving Course at DAN AP 29-30 November led by Gareth Lock

Human Factors Skills in Diving Course hosted by DAN AP

This unique training course is led by Gareth Lock, an Open Circuit advanced trimix diver, recently appointed GUE’s Director for Risk Management. (Bio below).

The intensive 2-day course is for instructors, instructor trainers and those who are exposed to higher levels of risk, for example in cave and technical diving, to improve their personal and team performance, and improve their safety as a by-product. Read More

The 2017 Solomon Islands Dive Fest was on last week with a dozen divers and dive media diving around the Solomon’s Western Province, enjoying festivities and presentations from the likes of DAN – and competing for three prizes – each one being another dive trip in the Solomons.

Read the full trip report to find out who won, and see their winning pictures. Read More

Oxygen preparedness: Delivery Equipment, Training and other factors play a big part. How prepared is your dive operator?

Going on a Dive Trip?

Recently on Facebook we posted four questions that divers should ask to gauge an operator’s level of preparedness to help you in the event of a diving accident. These centred around availability of oxygen, appropriate equipment, supply of oxygen and staff trained in oxygen provision.

Here, DAN AP’s General Manager, Scott Jamieson, discusses Oxygen Preparedness in the context of a recent diving incident. Read More

Can I dive while pregnant?

A common question from female divers is whether they can keep diving whilst pregnant or dive during pregnancy

Can I dive while pregnant?

A common question from female divers is whether they can keep diving whilst pregnant.

When it comes to fitness for diving, the recommendations for male and female divers are largely the same: good exercise tolerance, a healthy weight and awareness of possible concerns related to medical conditions and medications. But men and women are physically and physiologically different and with women representing about a third of the recreational diving population it’s important to consider specific health concerns that female divers face. Read More

Wreck Diving Safety DAN AP Kashi Maru with Dive Munda Solomon Islands Diveplanit

This October, the Coolidge will celebrate its 75th Anniversary, so it’s a good time to look at how you can stay safe wreck diving.

Wreck diving is often undertaken in challenging environments, but it can be done safely with the right training, experience and equipment. This is not the environment to be taking shortcuts.

We have précised the most important issues pertaining to safe wreck diving from an article by, Richard Walker (M.D., M.S) and Joe Citelli, previously published in DAN’s Alert Diver magazine. Read More

Top Ten Tips for Easy Equalisation at Okinawa Kerama Nakase Diveplanit

We all occasionally have a problem clearing the ears. Here are ten tips for easy equalisation which should reduce any problems significantly.

1 Listen For the ‘pop’

Before you even board the boat, make sure that when you swallow you hear a ‘pop’ or ‘click’ in both ears. This tells you both Eustachian tubes are open.

2 Start Early

Several hours before your dive, begin gently equalising your ears every few minutes. “This has great value and is said to help reduce the chances of a block early on descent,” says Dr. Ernest S. Campbell, webmaster of ‘Diving Medicine Online.’ “Chewing gum between dives seems to help.” adds Dr. Campbell.

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If you feel like you, or the world around you, is tilting, swaying, whirling or spinning – then you’ve got vertigo; vertigo and diving don’t mix

If you have a persistent feeling of tilting, swaying, whirling or spinning motion of oneself or of the surrounding world when nothing is moving, you are experiencing vertigo.

In other words, it’s not a nice feeling whether it happens under the water or on the surface. But why does it happen and is there anything we can do to avoid it, and importantly, what are some strategies for handling it if it occurs underwater? Read More

appropriate first aid for diving injuries is oxygen at high concentrations DAN Blog

What does ‘appropriate’ first aid mean for diving injuries?

In a recent Facebook post we advised that the development of symptoms of decompression illness (DCI) can be progressive, for example, what starts as tingling in the feet can sometimes develop into weakness or even paralysis in the legs, so it’s important to start ‘appropriate’ first aid quickly rather than ignoring the symptoms.

But what does ‘appropriate’ first aid mean in the context of diving? Oxygen first aid can be beneficial for a variety of situations in general first aid but the provision of high concentrations of oxygen is the cornerstone of first aid for decompression illness. Oxygen provision is also very beneficial in other dive-related injuries or illness such as lung rupture, drowning and carbon monoxide poisoning, among others.   Read More

Diving with Turtles Diver approaches a resting turtle diving Secret Garden at Gili Islands Lombok Indonesia Diveplanit 4889

Thinking back to a dive holiday there’s usually one thing that stays in your mind; it might be Palau’s mantas, Fiji’s sharks, and for Indonesia’s Gili Islands it was the diving with turtles.

If you haven’t heard of the Gili Islands, that’s not surprising as another one of their many charms is that they are a little off the beaten track. There are three Gili Islands, (Gili Air, Gili Meno, and Gili Trawangan), about 30 km due east of the big volcano on Bali’s North East tip, easily accessible via boats from Bali’s Padang Bai. There is plenty of accommodation on all three islands and dive centres covering all languages are dotted around each one. Read More

Here are some strategies that divers can use to try to minimise the risks of DCI - Decompression Illness

A recent DAN AP Facebook “Safety Tip” on ascent rates triggered much discussion and warranted further explanation. The Ascent Rates Safety Tip was part of a broader piece concerning: What Can I do to Try to Avoid Getting DCI?

DAN Asia-Pacific Founder, Chairman and Director of Research, John Lippmann, wrote a book “Decompression Illness: A simple guide and practical advice on the recognition, management and prevention of DCI”, that incorporates a wealth of knowledge from his decades of experience and research into DCI.

John has been actively following developments in decompression illness for nearly thirty years, including taking emergency calls for DAN Asia-Pacific 24 hours a day, seven days a week, almost every day for close to 20 years. As a result, he has dealt with many and varied cases of divers with DCI.  Read More

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