If you feel like you, or the world around you, is tilting, swaying, whirling or spinning – then you’ve got vertigo; vertigo and diving don’t mix

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? Read More

appropriate first aid for diving injuries is oxygen at high concentrations DAN Blog

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.   Read More

Diving with Turtles Diver approaches a resting turtle diving Secret Garden at Gili Islands Lombok Indonesia Diveplanit 4889

Thinking back to a dive holiday there’s usually one thing that stays in your mind; it might be Palau’s mantas, Fiji’s sharks, and for Indonesia’s Gili Islands it was the diving with turtles.

If you haven’t heard of the Gili Islands, that’s not surprising as another one of their many charms is that they are a little off the beaten track. There are three Gili Islands, (Gili Air, Gili Meno, and Gili Trawangan), about 30 km due east of the big volcano on Bali’s North East tip, easily accessible via boats from Bali’s Padang Bai. There is plenty of accommodation on all three islands and dive centres covering all languages are dotted around each one. Read More

Here are some strategies that divers can use to try to minimise the risks of DCI - Decompression Illness

A recent DAN AP Facebook “Safety Tip” on ascent rates triggered much discussion and warranted further explanation. The Ascent Rates Safety Tip was part of a broader piece concerning: What Can I do to Try to Avoid Getting DCI?

DAN Asia-Pacific Founder, Chairman and Director of Research, John Lippmann, wrote a book “Decompression Illness: A simple guide and practical advice on the recognition, management and prevention of DCI”, that incorporates a wealth of knowledge from his decades of experience and research into DCI.

John has been actively following developments in decompression illness for nearly thirty years, including taking emergency calls for DAN Asia-Pacific 24 hours a day, seven days a week, almost every day for close to 20 years. As a result, he has dealt with many and varied cases of divers with DCI.  Read More

At DAN AP we often get asked by Members if we can provide a list of chamber locations throughout the Asia-Pacific region

At DAN AP we often get asked by Members if we can provide a list of chamber locations throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Our answer to this question is quite simple: No.

There are several good reasons for this as explained below.  Read More

Sea sickness or motion sickness - how to stop it ruining your dive trip

Seasickness, or motion sickness, has undoubtedly ruined innumerable diving trips, holidays and activities in general.

For those resistant consider yourself fortunate. For the rest of us, what can we do to stop it happening, safely, so we can keep diving? Read More

DAN destination blog Lord Howe Island an adventure playground for scuba divers

Even as you approach from the air, Lord Howe Island looks invitingly like an adventure playground for divers. Its irregular shape gives a little insight into what lies below the waterline: to the south the mighty peaks of Gower and Lidgbird stand like sentinels, their heads at 800m in the clouds and their almost vertical sides plummeting straight down into the water surrounding them, whilst dotted around are small islands and off to the south-east the unmistakable outline of Ball’s Pyramid pierces the horizon. Read More

Diving in current

Staff here at DAN Asia Pacific was recently contacted by the sister of a diver that went missing during a dive in Komodo on July 14. Komodo is well known as an area prone to strong currents, and this is one factor being considered as a cause for this incident. We’re still trying to determine the facts so that we may learn from this tragedy, but the incident prompted us to look at ways to try keep safe, and minimise risk while drift diving, especially when diving in strong currents. Read More

Welcome to DAN Insider

This is the first of what should be many DAN Insider blogs. Read More

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