Diving Nusa Penida’s colourful Crystal Bay – but beware the downcurrents

Nusa Penida’s Crystal Bay provides an animated visual feast of colourful marine life, but beware the currents that create the show.

As you might expect the waters of Crystal Bay in Nusa Penida are crystal clear and I don’t mean like glass, I mean like crystal, every colourful fish positively sparkling in Technicolor! Continue reading “Diving Nusa Penida’s colourful Crystal Bay – but beware the downcurrents”

DAN AP –‘Incident Insights’ – Dec 2017

DAN AP presents our monthly precis of serious incident calls to DAN AP – and most importantly – what we can learn from them

DAN AP presents our monthly precis of serious incident calls to DAN AP – and most importantly – what we can learn from them. Sadly, DAN AP was also advised of two fatalities. Continue reading “DAN AP –‘Incident Insights’ – Dec 2017”

Australia’s own Indian Ocean Island Paradise

Cocos Keeling Islands is an Australian Territory located in the Indian Ocean approximately mid-way between Australia and Sri Lanka. Consisting of two atolls and 27 coral islands, and defines that mental image of absolute paradise – a faraway, deserted island of warm, golden beaches, fringed with coconut trees and a turquoise, tranquil lagoon. It’s very relaxing diving the Cocos Keeling Islands.

Cocos (Keeling) Islands (CKI) is an Australian Territory located in the Indian Ocean approximately mid-way between Australia and Sri Lanka. It consists of two atolls and 27 coral islands, and defines that mental image of absolute paradise – a faraway, deserted island of warm, golden beaches, fringed with coconut trees and a turquoise, tranquil lagoon. It’s very relaxing diving the Cocos Keeling Islands. Continue reading “Australia’s own Indian Ocean Island Paradise”

Safety is in the Air – DAN AP Air Quality Campaign Launch

After the relatively recent death of a scuba diver, it was found that the level of Carbon Monoxide (CO) in his tank was 450 times above the accepted limit. This has prompted DAN AP to launch a safety and awareness campaign, the main goal of which is to prevent people from diving with contaminated breathing gas in the first place.

Safety is in the Air – DAN AP Air Quality Campaign Launch

After the relatively recent death of a scuba diver, it was found that the level of Carbon Monoxide (CO) in his tank was 450 times above the accepted limit. He had filled his tank from a compressor which had not been properly maintained or regularly tested. As a result, the air being supplied was found to be very high in Carbon Monoxide (CO) levels. Continue reading “Safety is in the Air – DAN AP Air Quality Campaign Launch”

How Sipadan was saved

Dive tourism almost ruined Sipadan. It used to have a dive resort as well as hordes of divers from surrounding resorts visiting it daily. But it all got too much and in 2004 a decision was made to close the resort and to limit the number of divers to just 120 per day.

What makes a world class dive site like Sipadan?

Of course it’s Location! Location! Location! – but nowadays protection is a big factor too. Continue reading “How Sipadan was saved”

What’s it like to encounter a whale shark in the deep blue?

There are places where whale shark encounters are practically engineered, but what’s it like to encounter a whale shark out of the blue?

What’s it like to encounter a whale shark in the deep blue?
There are a few places where encounters with whale sharks are ‘engineered’, such as the Philippines’, Oslob and Indonesia’s Cenderawasih Bay, but what’s it like to come across a whale shark ‘out of the blue’ as it were? Well – it’s a bit like all your Christmas’ coming at once. Continue reading “What’s it like to encounter a whale shark in the deep blue?”

How you can save over $10,000 on your next Dive Trip

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.

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. Continue reading “How you can save over $10,000 on your next Dive Trip”

Ever tried Jellyfish soup? – snorkelling in it that is!

There is a lake in Palau full of jellyfish, which are completely harmless and you can snorkel amongst them. It’s a bit like snorkelling in a warm, green jellyfish soup.

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? Continue reading “Ever tried Jellyfish soup? – snorkelling in it that is!”

When to Call a Dive

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

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. Continue reading “When to Call a Dive”

In the Event of a Diving Emergency, Be Prepared Before Calling a DAN Hotline

SAFETY TIP: In the Event of a Diving Emergency, Be Prepared Before Calling a DAN Hotline: make sure you have a call-back number available. NOTE: All divers can call a DAN Hotline for advice, but DAN can only manage the evacuation & treatment of members. You can sign up here: http://www.danap.org.

SAFETY TIP: In the Event of a Diving Emergency, Be Prepared Before Calling a DAN Hotline

  • Firstly, have a call-back number available
  • Call the hotline: +61 8 8212 9242 or 1800 088 200
  • These hotlines will put you in contact with a diving doctor
  • NOTE: All divers can call a DAN Hotline for advice
  • But DAN can only manage the evacuation & treatment of members
  • Not a member yet? You can sign up here.

Continue reading “In the Event of a Diving Emergency, Be Prepared Before Calling a DAN Hotline”