Keep Your Head

When conditions took an abrupt and unexpected turn during an exotic warm-water dive, our dive leader decided to abort. In these situations, it’s important to stay calm.

In a stock image, a diver swims through a cave. Another diver is in the background

Prepare to Get Found

Diver Jim surfaced before the rest of his group and unintentionally drifted in the water — separating him from the boat. Read more about how to play an active role in your rescue.

Diver wades next to red diver marker at sunset

Risk and Redundancy

Modern dive computers can give us a wealth of information, but what if yours fails? Equipment redundancy, or having a backup, can help you know your true circumstances and prevent an injury or dangerous situation.

Diver checks dive computer strapped onto left arm

Blue Lagoon Rescue

The Blue Lagoon in Texas is a great place for divers to train. In the water, two divers sprang into action to help a diver with shortness of breath. Read more about how their emergency skills paid off.

A snorkel-wearing swimmer tows another snorkeler wearer through the water

A Rude Awakening

Although training emphasizes the theoretical aspects of safe freediving, sometimes it takes real-world experience to really make it sink in. Freediving is risky so it is always important to have your skills sharp.

Cory Wagner performs medical services in water

Now I Know Better

A dive photo instructor witnessed a diver perform a rapid, uncontrolled ascent to the surface. Thankfully, the dive instructor’s rescue training came in handy. Read more about the incident.

Two divers pause at coral review a checklist

An Emergency Ascent Just in Time

Dive safety experts now advise divers to always dive with their tank valves completely open — not turned back a half or quarter turn. Are you up to date on the rules? Read one diver’s story.

An unconscious diver floats near coral

Training Beyond Borders

The Training Beyond Borders Diving Emergency Symposium is the first program of its kind, offering DAN courses to firefighters, Red Cross personnel, civil protection emergency responders and National Marine Park rangers in the Yucatán — all with full scholarships.

A grumpy-looking lionfish

Escape from the Bubble Cloud

When his regulator hose burst during a dive, a diver not only lost his primary air source, he also was engulfed by a cloud of bubbles that made it nearly impossible to see or hear.

A female dive buddy gives her dive buddy the regulator so he can get air

Rapid Ascent, Rapid Response

A diver was having difficulty breathing and had extreme fatigue, numbness and a host of other symptoms. He may have had an arterial gas embolism (AGE). Read more about how a rescuer used his skills to help the diver.

Man lies on stretcher wearing an oxygen mask