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”

New tailored dive insurance programs as DAN Expands Reach in the Asia-Pacific

In 2019, DAN will introduce new tailored dive insurance programs to fit the needs of the local and travelling market, expand its first-aid training programs and deploy additional medical and scientific resources in the Asia Pacific region.

In 2019, DAN will introduce new tailored dive insurance programs to fit the needs of the local and travelling market, expand its first-aid training programs and deploy additional medical and scientific resources in the Asia Pacific region. 
Continue reading “New tailored dive insurance programs as DAN Expands Reach in the Asia-Pacific”

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”

Case study: persistent mild symptoms result in evacuation

Mild but persistent symptoms… a reminder that post-dive symptoms do not need to be extreme before a call is placed to DAN for advice/assistance.

Mild but persistent symptoms… a reminder that post-dive symptoms do not need to be extreme before a call is placed to DAN for advice/assistance. Continue reading “Case study: persistent mild symptoms result in evacuation”

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”