Prizes Galore at the Solomons Dive Fest 2017

The 2017 Solomon Islands Dive Fest was on last week with a dozen divers and dive media diving around the Solomon’s Western Province and competing for three prizes – each another dive trip in the Solomons.

The 2017 Solomon Islands Dive Fest was on last week with a dozen divers and dive media diving around the Solomon’s Western Province, enjoying festivities and presentations from the likes of DAN – and competing for three prizes – each one being another dive trip in the Solomons.

Read the full trip report to find out who won, and see their winning pictures. Continue reading “Prizes Galore at the Solomons Dive Fest 2017”

Is your operator O2 Prepared?

There’s more to Oxygen Preparedness than just having that green case with the reassuring DAN sticker on it tucked away in the bow. Delivery equipment, training and other factors play a big part. How prepared is your dive operator?

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Recently on Facebook we posted four questions that divers should ask to gauge an operator’s level of preparedness to help you in the event of a diving accident. These centred around availability of oxygen, appropriate equipment, supply of oxygen and staff trained in oxygen provision.

Here, DAN AP’s General Manager, Scott Jamieson, discusses Oxygen Preparedness in the context of a recent diving incident. Continue reading “Is your operator O2 Prepared?”

Can I dive while pregnant?

A common question from female divers is whether they can keep diving whilst pregnant. Even those trying to become pregnant need to read this blog.

Can I dive while pregnant?

A common question from female divers is whether they can keep diving whilst pregnant.

When it comes to fitness for diving, the recommendations for male and female divers are largely the same: good exercise tolerance, a healthy weight and awareness of possible concerns related to medical conditions and medications. But men and women are physically and physiologically different and with women representing about a third of the recreational diving population it’s important to consider specific health concerns that female divers face. Continue reading “Can I dive while pregnant?”

How you can stay safe wreck diving

Wrecks provide a fascinating window on the past and can be a museum of both human history and aquatic ecology. It’s safe to say that the knowledge, training and expertise needed to dive wrecks safely are as unique as the experience itself. We have précised the most important issues pertaining to safe wreck diving from a previously published article.

This October, the Coolidge will celebrate its 75th Anniversary, so it’s a good time to look at how you can stay safe wreck diving.

Wreck diving is often undertaken in challenging environments, but it can be done safely with the right training, experience and equipment. This is not the environment to be taking shortcuts.

We have précised the most important issues pertaining to safe wreck diving from an article by, Richard Walker (M.D., M.S) and Joe Citelli, previously published in DAN’s Alert Diver magazine. Continue reading “How you can stay safe wreck diving”

Top Ten Tips for Easy Equalisation

We all occasionally have a problem clearing the ears. Here are ten tips for easy equalisation which should reduce any problems significantly.

We all occasionally have a problem clearing the ears. Here are ten tips for easy equalisation which should reduce any problems significantly.

1 Listen For the ‘pop’

Before you even board the boat, make sure that when you swallow you hear a ‘pop’ or ‘click’ in both ears. This tells you both Eustachian tubes are open.

2 Start Early

Several hours before your dive, begin gently equalising your ears every few minutes. “This has great value and is said to help reduce the chances of a block early on descent,” says Dr. Ernest S. Campbell, webmaster of ‘Diving Medicine Online.’ “Chewing gum between dives seems to help.” adds Dr. Campbell.

Continue reading “Top Ten Tips for Easy Equalisation”

Vertigo and diving – not a good mix!

If you feel like you, or the world around you, is tilting, swaying, whirling or spinning – then you’ve got vertigo. If this happens before, during or after diving you need to read this post.

If you have a persistent feeling of tilting, swaying, whirling or spinning motion of oneself or of the surrounding world when nothing is moving, you are experiencing vertigo.

In other words, it’s not a nice feeling whether it happens under the water or on the surface. But why does it happen and is there anything we can do to avoid it, and importantly, what are some strategies for handling it if it occurs underwater? Continue reading “Vertigo and diving – not a good mix!”

What does ‘ appropriate ’ first aid mean for diving injuries?

What does ‘appropriate’ first aid mean for diving injuries? Oxygen first aid can be beneficial for a variety of situations in general first aid but the provision of high concentrations of oxygen is the cornerstone of first aid for decompression illness.

What does ‘appropriate’ first aid mean for diving injuries?

In a recent Facebook post we advised that the development of symptoms of decompression illness (DCI) can be progressive, for example, what starts as tingling in the feet can sometimes develop into weakness or even paralysis in the legs, so it’s important to start ‘appropriate’ first aid quickly rather than ignoring the symptoms.

But what does ‘appropriate’ first aid mean in the context of diving? Oxygen first aid can be beneficial for a variety of situations in general first aid but the provision of high concentrations of oxygen is the cornerstone of first aid for decompression illness. Oxygen provision is also very beneficial in other dive-related injuries or illness such as lung rupture, drowning and carbon monoxide poisoning, among others.   Continue reading “What does ‘ appropriate ’ first aid mean for diving injuries?”