The jet boat driver used my dive flag as a target! Readers share their near-misses.

Last week we put a call out asking divers to share incidents concerning boat safety, and we received some interesting stories. Fortunately, in these cases there were no injuries, but the outcome could have been very different. Following is a review of the encounters: Continue reading “The jet boat driver used my dive flag as a target! Readers share their near-misses.”

Vanuatu: an air crash hinders evacuation

Evacuation challenges… recently we discussed the many and miriad challenges of evacuating divers in need of treatment. Here’s another example in Vanuatu: an air crash.

Evacuation challenges… recently we discussed the many and miriad challenges of evacuating divers in need of treatment. Here’s another example in Vanuatu: an air crash. Continue reading “Vanuatu: an air crash hinders evacuation”

Case Study: unrecognised ear barotrauma

Despite ear pain, a novice diver continues diving, and finds out the hard way that symptoms or signs of a possible ear barotrauma should not to ignored.

Despite ear pain, a novice diver continues diving, and finds out the hard way that symptoms or signs of a possible ear barotrauma should not to ignored. Continue reading “Case Study: unrecognised ear barotrauma”

It began as an idyllic day… a tale about propeller and boat awareness

DAN Member, Dennis, was on a diving holiday on a Thai liveaboard. He was enjoying a dive in the Andaman Sea at a dive site called Silvertip Bank: a large, scenic reef with crystal-clear water and plenty of marine life. Everything was going according to plan, until he surfaced.

DAN Member, Dennis, was on a diving holiday on a Thai liveaboard. He was enjoying a dive in the Andaman Sea at a dive site called Silvertip Bank: a large, scenic reef with crystal-clear water and plenty of marine life. Everything was going according to plan, until he surfaced. Continue reading “It began as an idyllic day… a tale about propeller and boat awareness”

The Anatomy of an Emergency Evacuation

When something goes wrong, the costs of rescue and evacuation can escalate quickly, even in destinations we don’t normally consider remote like Fiji, as this case study demonstrates.

When something goes wrong, the costs of rescue and evacuation can escalate quickly, even in destinations we don’t normally consider remote like Fiji, as this case study demonstrates. Continue reading “The Anatomy of an Emergency Evacuation”

Left at Sea

Peter Buzzacott, DAN’s Director, Injury Monitoring and Prevention, reviews a recent incident in which four divers were left at sea. What could have been done to prevent this happening?

Peter Buzzacott, DAN’s Director, Injury Monitoring and Prevention, reviews a recent incident in which four divers were left at sea. What could have been done to prevent this happening? Continue reading “Left at Sea”

Incident Assessment: act fast, and call DAN for advice

A recent case in Thailand illustrates why it’s important to act fast, and call DAN, before self-diagnosing – for the best treatment and insurance cover.

A recent case in Thailand illustrates why it’s important to act fast, and call DAN, before self-diagnosing – for the best treatment and insurance cover. Continue reading “Incident Assessment: act fast, and call DAN for advice”