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”

Flying After Diving – what are the risks?

You may have heard of divers who fly less than 12-hours after diving with no negative impact and others that wait a longer period who end up with symptoms of DCI and wondered why this happens. Dr John Parker, a Diving physician and Senior Dive Medical Consultant for DAN, discusses this issue.

Flying After Diving

You may have heard of divers who fly less than 12-hours after diving with no negative impact and others that wait a longer period who end up with symptoms of DCI and wondered why this happens. Dr John Parker, a Diving physician and Senior Dive Medical Consultant for DAN, discusses this issue. Continue reading “Flying After Diving – what are the risks?”

How you can save over $10,000 on your next Dive Trip

An Australian living in India, on a 6-day diving holiday in the Maldives, diving ‘safely’ according to her dive computer, suffered decompression illness (DCI) with peripheral neurological symptoms. Total bill: A$11,000+. Fortunately, she was a DAN AP Member.

An Australian living in India, on a 6-day diving holiday in the Maldives, diving ‘safely’ according to her dive computer, suffered decompression illness (DCI) with peripheral neurological symptoms. Total bill: A$11,000+. Fortunately, she was a DAN AP Member. Continue reading “How you can save over $10,000 on your next Dive Trip”

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!”