Safety is in the Air – DAN AP Air Quality Campaign Launch

After the relatively recent death of a scuba diver, it was found that the level of Carbon Monoxide (CO) in his tank was 450 times above the accepted limit. This has prompted DAN AP to launch a safety and awareness campaign, the main goal of which is to prevent people from diving with contaminated breathing gas in the first place.

Safety is in the Air – DAN AP Air Quality Campaign Launch

After the relatively recent death of a scuba diver, it was found that the level of Carbon Monoxide (CO) in his tank was 450 times above the accepted limit. He had filled his tank from a compressor which had not been properly maintained or regularly tested. As a result, the air being supplied was found to be very high in Carbon Monoxide (CO) levels. Continue reading “Safety is in the Air – DAN AP Air Quality Campaign Launch”

Getting “Dive Season” Fit

Fitness is not only a product of a healthy lifestyle, but also a function of how we address health issues. Lack of fitness poses two risks in scuba diving: what we assume ourselves; and the degree of risk to our buddies and potential rescuers.

Fitness is not only a product of a healthy lifestyle, such as limiting fats and carbohydrates in our daily diets, but also a function of how we address health issues. Lack of fitness poses two risks in scuba diving: the first risk is what we assume ourselves; the second involves the degree of risk to our buddies and potential rescuers. Continue reading “Getting “Dive Season” Fit”

How Sipadan was saved

Dive tourism almost ruined Sipadan. It used to have a dive resort as well as hordes of divers from surrounding resorts visiting it daily. But it all got too much and in 2004 a decision was made to close the resort and to limit the number of divers to just 120 per day.

What makes a world class dive site like Sipadan?

Of course it’s Location! Location! Location! – but nowadays protection is a big factor too. Continue reading “How Sipadan was saved”

What’s it like to encounter a whale shark in the deep blue?

There are places where whale shark encounters are practically engineered, but what’s it like to encounter a whale shark out of the blue?

What’s it like to encounter a whale shark in the deep blue?
There are a few places where encounters with whale sharks are ‘engineered’, such as the Philippines’, Oslob and Indonesia’s Cenderawasih Bay, but what’s it like to come across a whale shark ‘out of the blue’ as it were? Well – it’s a bit like all your Christmas’ coming at once. Continue reading “What’s it like to encounter a whale shark in the deep blue?”

Ready for your end of year getaway? Read this first!

With the holiday season fast approaching, many divers are likely to have plans for a diving trip away, so we’ve put together a collection of Travel Tips that will help ensure your gear is ready and your stomach remains healthy.

Getting ready for your end of year getaway? Read this first!

With the holiday season fast approaching, many divers are likely to have plans for a diving trip away, so we’ve put together a collection of Travel Tips that will help ensure your gear is ready and your stomach remains healthy. After all, no one wants a stomach bug or gear issue ruining the precious time they have on a much looked forward to break! Continue reading “Ready for your end of year getaway? Read this first!”

Calls to DAN Asia-Pacific for Help : Q4 2017

Every week DAN Asia-Pacific receives calls for help from Members, and non-Members, from destinations all over the world and for a whole plethora of reasons, not all of which are diving-related. Going forward, we’ll be sharing insights from these calls.

Every week DAN Asia-Pacific receives calls for help from Members, and non-Members, from destinations all over the world and for a whole plethora of reasons, not all of which are diving-related. So commencing in January 2018, we will start sharing very brief details of calls received on a regular basis. Continue reading “Calls to DAN Asia-Pacific for Help : Q4 2017”

The Denial that Damaged my Brain

DCS can be a very subtle sickness, something we can easily deny and put down to the tiredness of a busy dive schedule, or change of routine. But the effects, even after treatment, can be lasting.

Even though DCS might seem subtle, it could be serious. DAN AP Member Alice Grainger shares her experience of denying her decompression sickness due to the lack of the usual physical symptoms, until she decided her brain clearly wasn’t working, and went to seek medical help. With comments by DAN AP Founder, John Lippmann. Continue reading “The Denial that Damaged my Brain”