DAN Dispatch: Coming Together in Times of Need

When the Conception caught fire on Sept. 2, 2019, while in California’s Channel Islands, the shock of the heartbreaking loss of so many lives spread through the dive community. That community includes everyone at DAN.

Travel Smarter: DAN Travel Insurance

DAN Travel Insurance policies provide flexible coverage for some of the most common problems travelers face. With a DAN travel insurance policy — per-trip or annual — travelers can avoid significant financial loss resulting from illness, injury, adverse weather, canceled flights and even unlikely situations such as the financial default of a travel supplier.


Those who travel for the adventure will be dazzled by Newfoundland’s many options, from whale watching via a Zodiac boat to iceberg spotting along the dramatic coastlines. Divers have even more to discover.


New Gear Orientation

Regardless of diving skill level, it’s important to become acquainted with your gear. Whether you rent or purchase, inspect your gear and thoroughly learn about it.


Pygmy Seahorses

Since the turn of the millennium, there has been a flurry of new pygmy seahorse discoveries. We now have seven named species across the Indo-Pacific.


Small Wonders

Small sea creatures may be considered rare, but in actuality, they can be rather common occurrences if you know what you’re looking for. Using personal experiences of observance, you’re better able to identify creatures in their natural habitats.


Finding Nemo’s Garden

This underwater farming experiment, which looks like something out of a Jules Verne novel, is in the Ligurian Sea, offshore from Noli, Italy. It’s called Nemo’s Garden, but the name doesn’t come from the animated lost clownfish.


African Dust

African dust, unlike the usual suspects, can affect small, isolated reefs where the usual suspects are absent, and these dust events have increased in recent years. Due to behind-the-scenes politics and lack of funding, university and government agency scientists have yet to test dust and other chemicals.


DAN Member Profile: Paul Bardo

Paul Bardo witnessed the second plane collide into the south tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. As a firefighter, he responded to the call. Scuba diving was therapy.