Beach Oxygen in Bali

Alba Diving providing oxygen at Tulamben Beach

By Simon Pridmore

The other day, I drove down to the parking lot near the drop off at the eastern end of Bali’s Tulamben Bay. I hadn’t been there for a while. As I set my gear up I noticed a new installation at the edge of the car park, near the beach. There was a new roofed plinth that housed, to my surprise, a 50-litre bottle of oxygen and an oxygen delivery kit. A banner attached to the roof declared that the facility had been provided by Alba Diving.

“Extremely impressed, after the dive I headed to Villa Alba, Alba Diving’s beachside resort, and asked the owner, Alex Ford, what the story was.Read More

Guidelines for Exercising Before, During and After Diving

Ever wondered about the effects of exercising before, during and after diving? DAN AP’s Founder, John Lippmann, provides some general advice. Read More

Fiji Friday Feature Rakiraki diving Orange anthias against a background of hard green branching coral at Volivoli Fiji Islands Diveplanit 0410

Looking for a relaxing ‘dive holiday’ dive trip?  A place with easy diving and sites with names like Heaven’s Door, Purple Haze and Black Magic? Then look no further than Fiji’s Vatu-I-Ra on Viti Levu’s northern coast.

Fiji’s diving is often overlooked, as many imagine that all of Fiji is just like the vague recollections they have of the beachside resorts of the Mamanuca Islands, or some resort they have vague memories of on the Coral Coast. Not so! Fiji has some of the very best diving in the Pacific. Read More

Party on... not! The dangers of partying too hard the night before

Divers often gather for a beer or two after a long day of diving, and some, let’s face it, drink more than just one or two! But what are the risks involved in doing this, especially when we are likely to get back in the water early the next morning? Read More

Human Factors Skills in Diving Course at DAN AP 29-30 November led by Gareth Lock

Human Factors Skills in Diving Course hosted by DAN AP

This unique training course is led by Gareth Lock, an Open Circuit advanced trimix diver, recently appointed GUE’s Director for Risk Management. (Bio below).

The intensive 2-day course is for instructors, instructor trainers and those who are exposed to higher levels of risk, for example in cave and technical diving, to improve their personal and team performance, and improve their safety as a by-product. Read More

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. Read More

Oxygen preparedness: Delivery Equipment, Training and other factors play a big part. How prepared is your dive operator?

Going on a Dive Trip?

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. Read More

Can I dive while pregnant?

A common question from female divers is whether they can keep diving whilst pregnant or dive during pregnancy

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. Read More

Wreck Diving Safety DAN AP Kashi Maru with Dive Munda Solomon Islands Diveplanit

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. Read More

Top Ten Tips for Easy Equalisation

Top Ten Tips for Easy Equalisation at Okinawa Kerama Nakase Diveplanit

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.

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