March: A sample of recent Asia-Pacific diving incidents

From bitey fish to skin bends… a sample of cases DAN APAC helped with this month.

From bitey fish to skin bends… a sample of cases DAN APAC helped with this month. Continue reading “March: A sample of recent Asia-Pacific diving incidents”

9 Tips for Easy Equalisation

Having trouble equalising? There are several techniques you can employ to equalise your ears. Here are 9 tips for easy equalisation.

Having trouble equalising? There are several techniques you can employ to equalise your ears. Here are 9 tips for easy equalisation. Continue reading “9 Tips for Easy Equalisation”

Fast Facts About Equalisation

Recently we tested our Facebook followers on ear safety with a Quiz, and not everyone got 100% so we thought we’d share a few facts about ears and equalisation!

Recently we tested our Facebook followers on ear safety and equalisation with a fun Facebook Quiz, which generated a lot of interest! However not everyone got 100% so we thought we’d share a few facts about ears and equalisation.
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DAN Incident Report: permanent hearing loss

“Toughing it out” with an ear problem has left DAN member Craig Taylor with permanent hearing loss

Recently DAN member Craig Taylor provided some comments on our Facebook page regarding a diving incident he experienced that left him with permanent hearing loss. Craig has kindly agreed to share his story on our blog. Continue reading “DAN Incident Report: permanent hearing loss”

DAN Incident Insights: Quiet Rupture

A “mild” barotrauma leaves a diver with potentially permanent hearing loss. By John Lippmann, DAN AP Founder, Chairman, Director of Research

Diver’s Background. “James” (not his real name) is a 62 year-old Australian male. He is an experienced diver, logging more than 1500 dives over 33 years, mainly in the cooler waters of southern Australia. However, he has also done at least one overseas diving trip each year, mainly to tropical locations. Continue reading “DAN Incident Insights: Quiet Rupture”

Decompression Recovery

Almost half of those who are treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy have some neurological symptoms or pain for several days or weeks after hyperbaric therapy was completed. On average, 16 percent of injured divers will still have symptoms for up to three months after they have been treated.

DAN was contacted by a diver who had received eight hyperbaric treatments for decompression sickness six weeks ago. He was in good physical shape and an hour after diving he experienced numbness and tingling in his left arm, hand, leg and foot and felt very weak and fatigued. At the end of his treatments all his symptoms had alleviated and four days later he flew home without issue. However, he reported that in the last two weeks he had noticed a return of some of the tingling in his left arm and foot that comes and goes but doesn’t completely go away. He was wondering if this was a normal side effect of decompression illness and whether he should seek further recompression. Continue reading “Decompression Recovery”

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”