DAN Case Study: Untrained Diver Dies Entangled in Kelp

This tragic case study illustrates just why professional training is so important before donning scuba gear and jumping in.

This tragic case study illustrates just why professional training is so important before donning scuba gear and jumping in. Continue reading “DAN Case Study: Untrained Diver Dies Entangled in Kelp”

Stranded While Drift Diving

In this case recently reported to DAN AP, divers are stranded in open water when a drift dive doesn’t go according to plan.

In this case recently reported to DAN AP, divers are stranded in open water when a drift dive doesn’t go according to plan. Continue reading “Stranded While Drift Diving”

Carbon Monoxide (CO): A Very Bad Gas

It was a beautiful Caribbean day, water conditions were excellent but Anna was feeling confused. Author Simon Pridmore recounts a CO incident…

Author Simon Pridmore recounts a CO incident… Continue reading “Carbon Monoxide (CO): A Very Bad Gas”

How to: Accessorise Your Dive

Quality dive accessories exist to make diving not only safer but also simpler and more enjoyable. DAN’s Reilly Fogarty shares some tips on how best to accessorise your dive.

Quality dive accessories exist to make diving not only safer but also simpler and more enjoyable. Whether it’s an easy-to-use signalling device to get your buddy’s attention, a rugged cutting tool to get you out of a sticky situation or a bright light to illuminate a dark place, an effective accessory might be just what your gear bag is missing. DAN’s Reilly Fogarty shares some tips on how best to accessorise your dive. Continue reading “How to: Accessorise Your Dive”

Bent in Paradise

After a scary incident in Kalimantan, a diver learns the hard way why it’s important not to push your limits and take care of your own safety.

After a scary incident in Kalimantan, a diver learns the hard way why it’s important not to push your limits and take care of your own safety. Continue reading “Bent in Paradise”

When accidents happen…

A medical guide to handling interactions with marine creatures

By Joseph Becker, M.D. and Paul Auerbach, M.D., M.S.

No matter how careful they are, sooner or later most divers are stung, bitten, punctured or poisoned by a marine animal. While a healthy respect for marine life and the environment is a good safety measure, accidents happen and serious afflictions may result.

Sharks are commonly thought of as the animal most likely to cause injury, but in truth, there are many other marine animals that are more likely to injure divers. Creatures such as barracuda, seals, otters and eels – while not normally aggressive – may sometimes react defensively and bite humans. Continue reading “When accidents happen…”

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”