Field Neurology for Divers

Shortly after surfacing from the dive, your buddy experiences numbness and tingling in his limbs — a classic neurological symptom of decompression sickness. What you do next could make the difference between a close call and permanent injury.

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Rescue in the Gulf of Thailand

Technical divers regularly push beyond the limits of recreational diving, so we prepare for emergencies with contingencies neatly checked off like a detailed shopping list. Learn more about how DAN handled an incident.

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Manatee Interaction Under Review

Dive operators and conservation groups are at odds over how to protect Florida’s endangered manatees.

Momma manatee and a baby manatee

DAN Member Profile: Mandy-Rae Cruickshank

Mandy-Rae Cruickshank is an international freediving champion — and a DAN member. Read more about Cruickshank and why she loves DAN.

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Dive Slow and Think Small

Small critters can be hard to spot and photograph — but when you slow down your speed, you can see just about anything. Here are some best tips on locating cryptic critters.

Pregnant male pipehorse

Core Body Strength

A strong core is critical for all aspects of life — including scuba diving. A strong core improves balance and stability. Read more about core importance and glean some great ab exercises.

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San Clemente Island, California

San Clemente Island, Calif., is owned and operated by the U.S. Navy but surrounding waters are open to divers. Learn more about diving San Clemente Island.

An angry Pacific rock crab stands in front of a red gorgonian

Closed-Circuit Rebreathers: A Different Way to Dive

Closed-circuit rebreathers provide a different way to dive — where the rebreather’s primary jobs are to remove carbon dioxide and replenish oxygen. Read more about closed-circuit rebreathers.

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Emergency Ascents: Managing the Risks

Emergency ascents are used to avoid any adverse events during a dive. Divers are trained in standard emergency ascent procedures, but these skills must be routinely practiced. Read more.

Diver makes an emergency ascent with bubbles flying all about

Diving Dry

Drysuits offer a range of thermal protections that go far beyond wetsuits. They are an indispensable tool for divers, but do require additional trainings. Read more about drysuits.

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