Each year, DAN strengthens its commitment to serving the dive community, and we owe our success to you: our generous donors. Your contributions allow us to dedicate additional resources to preventing incidents, managing injuries and saving lives. Every donation is tax deductible and represents a contribution to DAN’s mission of helping divers in need of emergency medical assistance and promoting dive safety through research, education, products and services.

Ways To Give

General Fund

A donation to DAN’s general fund will be distributed based on where the need is greatest. It may provide additional funding for the DAN Emergency Hotline and Medical Information Line or help support relevant and timely research projects or internship programs.

Emergency Hotline

DAN medics are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to assist divers and medical personnel in managing dive emergencies. This is the hotline through which DAN has been there for divers for 40 years, ensuring that no diver ever has to face an emergency alone.

Recompression Chamber Assistance Program

Since 1993, DAN’s Recompression Chamber Assistance Program (RCAP) has provided vital assistance to recompression chambers to ensure that safe, quality care is available for divers. For 20 years, this program has focused on smaller, independently operated facilities in popular dive destinations around the world.

Your tax-deductible donation will support chambers in need of operational assessments, staff training, equipment evaluation, upgrades and replacements.

Oxygen Grant Programs

DAN provides emergency oxygen units to individuals, businesses and organizations that have a connection to diving or aquatics and have a genuine need for oxygen equipment. These programs are funded entirely by donations.

In 2016, DAN created the EO2 Matching Grant program to increase the number of oxygen units available to divers and reach more dive operators in need. Through this program, DAN contributes 50% of the price of an oxygen unit to a dive professional in need.

The DAN Endowment

The DAN Endowment exists to ensure continuous support for DAN’s Mission — today and in the future. Your gift will be added to the principal of the fund and never spent.

Gifts of all amounts are accepted for the DAN Endowment, and each can be designated as an unrestricted gift or as a gift in support of research. A named fund under the DAN Endowment may be established with a minimum gift of US$10,000 and can be set up to support endowed unrestricted funding or endowed research funding. Please contact DAN directly or call us at +1 (919) 684-2948 if you wish to set up this type of gift.

Available Endowment Funds

The Peter B. Bennett Endowed Research Fund

This fund honors the contributions of Peter B. Bennett, Ph.D., D.Sc., founder, president and chief executive officer of Divers Alert Network from its establishment in 1980 to his retirement on June 30, 2003. Dr. Bennett served DAN for 23 years, providing guidance and leadership. During his tenure, DAN became the world’s largest nonprofit international member organization dedicated to dive safety.

The Peter B. Bennett Endowed Research Fund was established to provide support for research initiatives conducted by and in conjunction with DAN Research. Available income from the fund is used to support these research initiatives in support of dive safety.

The Michael J. Norwood Memorial Research Fund

Michael Norwood was an avid diver who never tired of the scuba diving experience and enjoyed every opportunity he found to explore the underwater world. He believed part of that exploration included expanding our knowledge of diving health and safety.

On Dec. 6, 2003, Michael met an untimely death while scuba diving in Palau, filming an episode of the History Channel program Deep Sea Detectives, of which he was the co-host.

Named in memory of Michael, the Michael J. Norwood Memorial Research Fund provides DAN with funding for research initiatives conducted by DAN Research.

The Research Fund

Unrestricted Fund