Shows and Events

DAN offers a variety of educational opportunities throughout the year. Whether you’re a diver, a dive business owner, or a medical professional, we hope to see you in an upcoming webinar, continuing medical education course, or trade show.

Upcoming Events

Peer Pressure in Diving 

How friends & dive buddies influence your decisions

Live Event: Wednesday, September 21st, 2022 7PM ET

Have you ever done a dive you didn’t really want to do but felt you couldn’t say no? Have you read about other divers on social media wondering why they did what they did? In this webinar we will be talking about peer pressure in diving. We will discuss how friends and dive buddies actively or passively influence your decisions and highlight some cases where this led to dire consequences. I hope you can join us.


Past Events

Marine Life Toxinology 

What dive leaders should know

Live Event: Tuesday, August 30th, 2022 7PM ET

Marine Life Toxinology: What dive leaders should know Observing marine life is one of the main reasons many people dive; it’s also the reason some people are afraid to dive. Tropical reefs are among the world’s most complex and diverse ecosystems, offering a glimpse at nature’s beauty as well as its chemical and toxinological fury. This lecture will consider aspects of tropical marine life every dive leader should know, as well as strategies for effective injury management.

Controversial Issues in Diving 

Live Event: Tuesday, July 19th, 2022 7PM ET

There are many controversial topics in diving, and having open and honest discussions about them can help divers and dive operators learn and grow.Is oxygen cleaning required only for mixes with more than 40% oxygen, or should air cylinders be cleaned as well?

  • Should cylinder valves be opened all the way, or should divers turn them back a quarter turn?
  • Is there a difference between an SMB and a DSMB?
  • Should every cylinder be analyzed every time, or only when they contain mixed gas?
  • What’s the difference between a diver who is certified and a diver who is qualified?

These are just a few of the notable controversies in the industry, and we invite you to join DAN Safety Services as we present some facts and expert opinions about each. Keep an open mind, and bring your questions — we look forward to addressing these controversial issues and more!

Environmental Stewardship for Divers 

Live Event: Tuesday, May 24th, 2022 7PM ET

The health of our environment is directly linked to the health of the dive industry and divers’ enjoyment of their dives. Oceans, lakes, rivers, and caves are just a few of the environments that divers love to explore, and it is our responsibility to ensure they are protected.

Being a steward of the environment is a continuous responsibility. Join us as we discuss pre-trip planning, best in-water practices, and post-dive actions that all divers should implement. If we make a positive contribution to marine and aquatic life worldwide, the industry and our planet thrive.

The Personal EAP 

Emergency Action Plans & Why YOU Need One

Live Event: Thursday, April 21st, 2022 7PM ET

Every diver should have a personal emergency action plan (or EAP) for every dive trip — even if that trip includes only one dive. EAPs provide you with crucial information specific to the location and type of diving you’re doing, and they should be customized for every dive excursion.

The exercise of creating an EAP will prompt you to think about various problems you may encounter and prepare you to mitigate them. Doing this prep work ahead of time will allow you to focus on managing an emergency rather than trying to determine how to manage during an emergency.

DAN Injury Monitoring 

Dive Accidents and the dive buddy

Live Event: Wednesday, March 16th, 2022 7PM ET

In this month’s webinar we’ll be talking about DAN’s injury monitoring program. We’ll be highlighting incidents in which the buddy system could have saved — or did save — the diver. We’ll break down each incident, covering solo scenarios, lost buddy scenarios, and team awareness, reiterating one of the most important fundamentals of dive safety: that diving is a team sport.

DAN First Aid Training 

Dive into exciting learning training opportunities

Live Event: Thursday, February 17th, 2022 7PM ET

In the past five years, full face snorkel masks (FFSMs) have exploded in popularity. At first these products were made by a small number of reputable manufacturers, In this webinar we will present the various first aid courses DAN offers, highlighting recent updates and changes. We’ll also cover how to take a DAN first aid course and even how to become a DAN Instructor or Instructor Trainer. There will be time for your questions as well. Join us as we dive into some of the exciting learning — and teaching — opportunities DAN has to offer.

Full Face Snorkel Masks  

Research Update

Live Event: Thursday, December 16th, 2021 6PM ET

In the past five years, full face snorkel masks (FFSMs) have exploded in popularity. At first these products were made by a small number of reputable manufacturers, but there is now a broad spectrum of designs of varying quality and no regulation of testing or function. Despite their prevalence, few formal studies have assessed these devices. In this webinar, scientists from the Duke University Center for Hyperbaric Medicine & Environmental Physiology will present their recent experimental work assessing a selection of FFSMs. This work concluded that many FFSMs do not work as advertised and some have design features that may even increase risk to the snorkeler.

DEMA Show 2021

Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV

November 16 – 19, 2021

For more than 40 years DAN has played a crucial role in the dive industry, championing diver safety, risk management, and emergency preparedness. After last year’s virtual DEMA Show, we are looking forward to meeting with dive professionals from around the world in person. Find out about DAN’s new products and services, seminar schedule, live broadcasts and more.

DEMA Show 2021 – DAN Live Streaming Seminar Events

Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV

November 16 – 19, 2021

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16
Recompression Chambers: 8am-9am PT
Bubble Update: 9am -10am PT
DAN Medical Emergency Calls: 10am -11am PT
Emergency Planning: 11am-12am PT

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17
40 Years of the DAN Emergency Hotline: 8am -9am PT
DAN Medical Information Calls and Emails: 9am-10am PT

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18
Confounding Cases: 8am-9am PT

Fatality and Injury Monitoring

Status Update

Live Event: Thursday, September 21st, 2021 7PM ET

All diving involves some level of risk. Whether a new diver or one with experience, it is important to acknowledge when an incident occurs so that we may prevent it from happening in the future. Have you ever witnessed or been involved in a diving incident? This webinar will outline the importance of incident reporting, injury monitoring, and how you can help. We hope you can join us.

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Recompression Chambers

What They Are and How They’re Used

Live Event: Thursday, September 16th, 2021 7PM ET

We all know that recompression chamber treatment is crucial for divers suffering from DCI, but we may not be exactly sure what the chamber looks like or how it’s used. This is especially likely given the diversity of health care systems around the world. Chambers can be simple or very complex, but an injured diver can be effectively treated in nearly any type. Only a few basic systems are needed; the staff is more important than the equipment. This two-part presentation will cover both the chamber itself and the approach taken by the medical team. We hope you’ll join us

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13 Ways To Run Out of Air and How Not To

The perfect webinar for divers who have been out of the water for a while

Live Event: Wednesday, August 18th, 2021 7PM ET

DAN has been helping divers manage emergencies for more than 40 years. In that time, incident reports have shown that running out of breathing gas is consistently among the most common incidents and is the Number 1 cause of dive fatalities. Unfortunately, even the most skilled divers have made mistakes and run out of gas. In this presentation, we’ll present the 13 most common factors that contribute to out-of-air emergencies and discuss how to mitigate them. We’ll cover problems related to situational awareness, procedural problems such as starting with a less-than-full tank and omitting predive checks, and common equipment issues. This is the perfect webinar for divers who have been out of the water for a while and want to refresh their knowledge. We hope you’ll join us!

Lobster Mini-Season Safety Tips

How you can prepare for a safe and successful hunt.

Live Event: Thursday, July 22th, 2021 6:30PM ET

Without a doubt, Florida Lobster Mini-Season is one of the most popular dive events of the year. Statistically speaking, this annual event is also one of the most dangerous. During this talk, we will take a look at incidents in the past 15 years that have cast a shadow over this popular event and discuss ways that you can prepare for a safe and successful hunt. We hope you’ll join us!We hope you’ll join us!

Q&A with DAN Safety Services

Real questions, enlightening answers from your dive safety experts.

Live Event: Thursday, July 15th, 2021 3PM ET

This webinar will highlight some of the most important safety-related questions posed to DAN during the past two years. Featuring inquiries from divers, dive operators, and dive professionals, these questions and answers will be of interest to all.

With a focus on preventable but recurring accidents, we’ll cover a variety of situations, from what the diver should do to what the diver should expect from the dive operator. Participants are encouraged to come prepared with their own dive safety questions, as the answers may be relevant and helpful to everyone. We hope you’ll join us!

DAN COVID-19 Webinar

COVID-19 Update

Exploring the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for divers.

Live Event: Thursday, June 24th, 2021 7PM ET

This webinar will cover what we know about COVID-19 and diving after a year and a half living with the pandemic. We’ll discuss the global path to immunity, and how different vaccination rates -with different vaccines- may impact affect the epidemiological situation on in several popular dive locations destinations as they reopen. This will be particularly useful as you plan your next for anyone planning international travel. Many other COVID-19 related areas will be discussed and we hope you can join us.

DAN Return To Dive Safely Webinar

Return To Diving Safely

Your guide to getting back in the water

Live Event: Thursday, May 20th, 2021 7PM ET

Have you been out of the water for a while? Whether it was the pandemic, your health, or life in general that put diving on hold for you, it’s important to set yourself up for a safe and successful return. This webinar will cover the essentials of preparation: health and fitness considerations, ensuring your equipment and dive skills are up to date, and getting ready for travel. We hope you can join us. 

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Environmental Considerations For Disinfection

Keep your divers safe while being aware of the environment

Live Event: Thursday, April 15th, 2021 7PM ET

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, divers and dive operators are realizing the important role that cleaning and disinfecting dive gear plays in minimizing the spread of illnesses. However, some cleaners can be harsh or destructive to the environment and can have a severe impact on marine life if not handled properly.

This webinar will explore how to choose an environmentally friendly product, how to effectively clean your dive equipment and how to dispose of the product safely after use. These best practices can be incorporated into your daily cleaning procedures to help your divers remain safe and healthy while doing your part to preserve our precious environment. We hope you can join us. 

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The Research Roadmap

2021 & Beyond

Live Event: Thursday, March 18, 2021 7PM ET

At DAN our goal is to make diving safer for everyone. To achieve this, we rely on help from divers, physicians and scientists around the world who contribute ideas and solutions that enhance our understanding of how diving affects the human body. Our multidisciplinary approach in diving science combines human physiology, biomedical engineering, surveillance of injuries and fatalities, and population-health initiatives. 

In this webinar, DAN director of research Frauke Tillmans, Ph.D., will explain where DAN research is going in 2021 and beyond and outline how divers can participate in DAN research projects. 

Pressure Change and Barotrauma

How diving affects the body’s air-filled spaces

Live Event: Thursday, February 18, 2021 7PM ET

The pressure changes associated with diving have significant effects on the lungs, ears, sinuses and other gas-filled cavities of the human body. In this lecture, Matias Nochetto, M.D., discusses the mechanisms and outcomes of barotraumas in diving — from the mundane to the rare and bizarre. With a better understanding of how barotraumas happen, divers and dive professionals will be better able to both prevent and treat them.