Ever tried Jellyfish soup? – snorkelling in it that is!

There is a lake in Palau full of jellyfish, which are completely harmless and you can snorkel amongst them. It’s a bit like snorkelling in a warm, green jellyfish soup.

There is a lake in Palau full of jellyfish, which are completely harmless and you can snorkel amongst them.  “How many jellyfish exactly?” seemed a fair question, but “Between six and twenty million” wasn’t the answer we were expecting from our otherwise precise and accurate dive guides Richard and Paul from Unique Dive Expeditions at Sam’s Tours.

The next question was obviously ‘how?’ How does it happen that on one island of the small archipelago of Palau, in the middle the Pacific Ocean, in a completely enclosed lake, there lives a colony of jellyfish, who have lost their ability to sting, and therefore kill, anything?  Being jelly FISH – these guys are obviously not living off fresh air. How does that work? Continue reading “Ever tried Jellyfish soup? – snorkelling in it that is!”

When to Call a Dive

In this article, DAN Asia-Pacific’s General Manager, Scott Jamieson, discusses the importance of knowing your personal limits and when to call (or abort) a dive

In this article, DAN Asia-Pacific’s General Manager, Scott Jamieson, discusses the importance of knowing your personal limits and when to call (or abort) a dive.

During our basic dive training we are taught that if a dive doesn’t feel right we should abort it. The reality is, despite these lessons, many people find themselves on dives for which they lack the confidence or experience to be undertaking. This places unnecessary stress on the diver, both physically and mentally, and this can lead to unnecessary incidents involving injury or even death. Continue reading “When to Call a Dive”

Yonaguni Monument – lost underwater temple or natural feature?

In the remote island of Yonaguni, Japan’s most south-westerly point in the province of Okinawa, an underwater feature has archaeologists and geologists still arguing 30 years on

In the remote island of Yonaguni, Japan’s most south-westerly point in the province of Okinawa, an underwater feature has archaeologists and geologists arguing, still, 30 years after it was first discovered. Is it an ancient monument, the remains of a legendary city like Atlantis, swallowed by the ocean thousands of years ago? Was it built by aliens? Or is it a natural rock formation? Continue reading “Yonaguni Monument – lost underwater temple or natural feature?”

But I Was Within The Limits of My Diving Computer!

Most divers these days use dive computers and appear to be reasonably confident that by doing so they will avoid decompression illness (DCI) as long as they dive within its limits. Dive computer algorithms are based on decompression models, which are only generalisations and deeper dives, longer dives, with shorter surface intervals produce less accurate decompression calculations.

Most divers these days use dive computers and appear to be reasonably confident that by doing so they will avoid decompression illness (DCI) as long as they dive within its limits.

One DAN Member, who called for help, commented: “But I didn’t believe it could be DCI as there were no violations according to my computer”, a relatively common reaction.

John Lippmann DAN Asia-Pacific’s Founder, Chairman & Director of Research explains why deeper dives, longer dives, with shorter surface intervals and repetitive diving, can often be inviting problems. Continue reading “But I Was Within The Limits of My Diving Computer!”

In the Event of a Diving Emergency, Be Prepared Before Calling a DAN Hotline

SAFETY TIP: In the Event of a Diving Emergency, Be Prepared Before Calling a DAN Hotline: make sure you have a call-back number available. NOTE: All divers can call a DAN Hotline for advice, but DAN can only manage the evacuation & treatment of members. You can sign up here: http://www.danap.org.

SAFETY TIP: In the Event of a Diving Emergency, Be Prepared Before Calling a DAN Hotline

  • Firstly, have a call-back number available
  • Call the hotline: +61 8 8212 9242 or 1800 088 200
  • These hotlines will put you in contact with a diving doctor
  • NOTE: All divers can call a DAN Hotline for advice
  • But DAN can only manage the evacuation & treatment of members
  • Not a member yet? You can sign up here.

Continue reading “In the Event of a Diving Emergency, Be Prepared Before Calling a DAN Hotline”

Call yourself a sustainable diver? Take our quiz to find out the truth

Sustainable diving practices are not just what you do in the water. Call yourself a sustainable diver? Take our quiz to find out the truth.

Sustainable diving practices are not just what you do in the water. Being a sustainable diver is more than just good diving habits and maintaining a pristine marine environment that we can all enjoy. Sustainable diving starts with the choices you make before you even get into the water. Call yourself a sustainable diver? Take our quiz to find out the truth. (Answers at the bottom).

Continue reading “Call yourself a sustainable diver? Take our quiz to find out the truth”

Beach Oxygen in Bali

There’s a new installation near Tulamben beach: roofed plinth with a 50-litre bottle of oxygen and an oxygen delivery kit. A banner declares that the facility has been provided by Alba Diving.

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.Continue reading “Beach Oxygen in Bali”