Getting “Dive Season” Fit

Fitness is not only a product of a healthy lifestyle, but also a function of how we address health issues. Lack of fitness poses two risks in scuba diving: what we assume ourselves; and the degree of risk to our buddies and potential rescuers.

Fitness is not only a product of a healthy lifestyle, such as limiting fats and carbohydrates in our daily diets, but also a function of how we address health issues. Lack of fitness poses two risks in scuba diving: the first risk is what we assume ourselves; the second involves the degree of risk to our buddies and potential rescuers. Continue reading “Getting “Dive Season” Fit”

Ready for your end of year getaway? Read this first!

With the holiday season fast approaching, many divers are likely to have plans for a diving trip away, so we’ve put together a collection of Travel Tips that will help ensure your gear is ready and your stomach remains healthy.

Getting ready for your end of year getaway? Read this first!

With the holiday season fast approaching, many divers are likely to have plans for a diving trip away, so we’ve put together a collection of Travel Tips that will help ensure your gear is ready and your stomach remains healthy. After all, no one wants a stomach bug or gear issue ruining the precious time they have on a much looked forward to break! Continue reading “Ready for your end of year getaway? Read this first!”

Calls to DAN Asia-Pacific for Help : Q4 2017

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. Going forward, we’ll be sharing insights from these calls.

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. Continue reading “Calls to DAN Asia-Pacific for Help : Q4 2017”

The Denial that Damaged my Brain

DCS can be a very subtle sickness, something we can easily deny and put down to the tiredness of a busy dive schedule, or change of routine. But the effects, even after treatment, can be lasting.

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. Continue reading “The Denial that Damaged my Brain”

Flying After Diving – what are the risks?

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.

Flying After Diving

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. Continue reading “Flying After Diving – what are the risks?”

But I Was Within The Limits of My Diving Computer!

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. Dive computer algorithms are based on decompression models, which are only generalisations and deeper dives, longer dives, with shorter surface intervals produce less accurate decompression calculations.

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. Continue reading “But I Was Within The Limits of My Diving Computer!”

Guidelines for Exercising Before, During and After Diving

Ever wondered about the effects of exercising before, during and after diving? DAN AP’s Founder, John Lippmann, provides some general advice.

Ever wondered about the effects of exercising before, during and after diving? DAN AP’s Founder, John Lippmann, provides some general advice. Continue reading “Guidelines for Exercising Before, During and After Diving”

What you need to know about drift diving.

Ways to try keep safe, and minimise risk while drift diving, especially when diving in strong currents.

Staff here at DAN Asia Pacific was recently contacted by the sister of a diver that went missing during a dive in Komodo on July 14. Komodo is well known as an area prone to strong currents, and this is one factor being considered as a cause for this incident. We’re still trying to determine the facts so that we may learn from this tragedy, but the incident prompted us to look at ways to try keep safe, and minimise risk while drift diving, especially when diving in strong currents. Continue reading “What you need to know about drift diving.”

Welcome to DAN Insider

This is the first of what should be many DAN Insider blogs. Continue reading “Welcome to DAN Insider”