What does ‘ appropriate ’ first aid mean for diving injuries?

What does ‘appropriate’ first aid mean for diving injuries? 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.

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.   Continue reading “What does ‘ appropriate ’ first aid mean for diving injuries?”

Indonesia’s Gili Islands: tropical fun with turtles

The Gili Islands are off Lombok, just across the water from Bali. There’s exhilarating diving between the three islands, and turtles are attracted to the local biorock structures.

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. Continue reading “Indonesia’s Gili Islands: tropical fun with turtles”

What Can I do to Try to Avoid Getting DCI?

Here are some strategies that divers can use to try to minimise the risks of DCI – Decompression Illness. Some are backed by evidence, others are not (yet) but are generally and reasonably believed likely to reduce the risk.

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.  Continue reading “What Can I do to Try to Avoid Getting DCI?”

Can you send me a list of chamber locations?

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.

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.  Continue reading “Can you send me a list of chamber locations?”

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

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

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? Continue reading “Sea sickness or motion sickness – how to stop it ruining your dive trip”

Lord Howe Island – an adventure playground for divers!

Lord Howe Island is like a perfectly designed adventure playground for divers: from shallow fish-filled lagoon reefs, to the gullied terrain of the Arches, and jumbled bommies of the Admiralty Islands. The surrounding waters are largely marine sanctuary and present a diversity unlike any other place in NSW.

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. Continue reading “Lord Howe Island – an adventure playground for divers!”

What you need to know about drift diving.

Ways to try keep safe, and minimise risk while drift diving, especially when diving in strong currents.

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. Continue reading “What you need to know about drift diving.”