Every week DAN Asia-Pacific receives calls for help from Members, and non-Members, from destinations all over the world and for a whole plethora of reasons, not all of which are diving-related. So commencing in January 2018, we will start sharing very brief details of calls received on a regular basis. Read More
Even though DCS might seem subtle, it could be serious. DAN AP Member Alice Grainger shares her experience of denying her decompression sickness due to the lack of the usual physical symptoms, until she decided her brain clearly wasn’t working, and went to seek medical help. With comments by DAN AP Founder, John Lippmann. Read More
You may have heard of divers who fly less than 12-hours after diving with no negative impact and others that wait a longer period who end up with symptoms of DCI and wondered why this happens. Dr John Parker, a Diving physician and Senior Dive Medical Consultant for DAN, discusses this issue. Read More
An Australian living in India, on a 6-day diving holiday in the Maldives, diving ‘safely’ according to her dive computer, suffered decompression illness (DCI) with peripheral neurological symptoms. Total bill: A$11,000+. Fortunately, she was a DAN AP Member. Read More
There is a lake in Palau full of jellyfish, which are completely harmless and you can snorkel amongst them. “How many jellyfish exactly?” seemed a fair question, but “Between six and twenty million” wasn’t the answer we were expecting from our otherwise precise and accurate dive guides Richard and Paul from Unique Dive Expeditions at Sam’s Tours.
The next question was obviously ‘how?’ How does it happen that on one island of the small archipelago of Palau, in the middle the Pacific Ocean, in a completely enclosed lake, there lives a colony of jellyfish, who have lost their ability to sting, and therefore kill, anything? Being jelly FISH – these guys are obviously not living off fresh air. How does that work? Read More
In this article, DAN Asia-Pacific’s General Manager, Scott Jamieson, discusses the importance of knowing your personal limits and when to call (or abort) a dive.
During our basic dive training we are taught that if a dive doesn’t feel right we should abort it. The reality is, despite these lessons, many people find themselves on dives for which they lack the confidence or experience to be undertaking. This places unnecessary stress on the diver, both physically and mentally, and this can lead to unnecessary incidents involving injury or even death. Read More
In the remote island of Yonaguni, Japan’s most south-westerly point in the province of Okinawa, an underwater feature has archaeologists and geologists arguing, still, 30 years after it was first discovered. Is it an ancient monument, the remains of a legendary city like Atlantis, swallowed by the ocean thousands of years ago? Was it built by aliens? Or is it a natural rock formation? Read More
Most divers these days use dive computers and appear to be reasonably confident that by doing so they will avoid decompression illness (DCI) as long as they dive within its limits.
One DAN Member, who called for help, commented: “But I didn’t believe it could be DCI as there were no violations according to my computer”, a relatively common reaction.
John Lippmann DAN Asia-Pacific’s Founder, Chairman & Director of Research explains why deeper dives, longer dives, with shorter surface intervals and repetitive diving, can often be inviting problems. Read More
SAFETY TIP: In the Event of a Diving Emergency, Be Prepared Before Calling a DAN Hotline
Sustainable diving practices are not just what you do in the water. Being a sustainable diver is more than just good diving habits and maintaining a pristine marine environment that we can all enjoy. Sustainable diving starts with the choices you make before you even get into the water. Call yourself a sustainable diver? Take our quiz to find out the truth. (Answers at the bottom).