COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 And Diving 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 affect the epidemiological situation in several popular dive destinations as they reopen. This will be particularly useful for anyone planning international travel. Many other COVID-19 related areas will be discussed and we hope you can join us.

Presented by

DAN-James Chimiak, M.D

James Chimiak, M.D., is the Chief Medical Officer at DAN and has been working with the organization since 1983. He is board certified in anesthesiology, pain management and hyperbaric medicine. Dr. Chimiak holds U.S. Navy qualifications in surface warfare special operations, mixed-gas salvage, undersea medicine, flight surgery and saturation diving. He has been a NASA physician and gas-free engineer and has led a U.S. Marine Corps combat surgical platoon.

DAN-Matias Nochetto, M.D

Matias Nochetto, M.D., is the Director of Medical Services at DAN, where he has worked since 2006. He is co-director of the DAN-UHMS continuing medical education program and a faculty member of several national and international diving medicine courses and programs. He became a dive instructor (1999) during medical school, which led him to complete a three-year clinical and research fellowship in hyperbaric and diving medicine to combine the two passions.

DAN-Camilo Saraiva, M.D., MBA

Camilo Saraiva, M.D., MBA, is the Assistant Director of Medical Services at DAN. He is board certified in radiation oncology and hyperbaric medicine and is the former director of the Brazilian Hyperbaric Medical Society. Dr. Saraiva is a member of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society and the American College of Healthcare Executives. A former cave diver, he has been a PADI divemaster since 2000.

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Training Courses You May Enjoy

Whether it’s being on the scene of an accident or witnessing a medical emergency, most people will be involved in a crisis at some point in their lives. DAN’s training courses prepare people to step up and take action should these situations arise.

Diving First Aid for Professional Divers

Professional divers have unique responsibilities and a duty to respond to unique situations; their first-aid training should not be any less unique. DAN’s Diving First Aid for Professional Divers course is designed for commercial, professional, aquarium and scientific divers, and it provides knowledge and first-aid skills specifically for these work environments.

Basic Life Support: CPR and First Aid

This fundamental course prepares you to provide proper care for life-threatening illnesses or injuries until professional emergency medical care is available. The life-support skills taught in this course include one-person CPR, use of automatic external defibrillators, bleeding management, assisting a choking victim and responding to a person in shock.

Emergency Oxygen for Diving Injuries

Administering emergency oxygen is the preferred first aid for scuba diving injuries, and early administration can drastically improve the outcome for an injured diver. The DAN Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries course teaches you how to administer life-saving oxygen first aid to divers who may be suffering from decompression illness (DCI).

Related DAN Emergency Response Products

DAN’s line of emergency response products have been developed, tested and refined with input from leading doctors and researchers to meet the discriminating requirements of the diving community. Be ready for anything with DAN.

DAN otoscope for checking ears
DAN trauma response kit to treat injuries
DAN oxygen kit to treat injured divers

Fiber Optic Otoscope

Trauma Response Kit

Rescuse Pak Extended Plus

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We are committed to connecting communities with safety through our emergency hotline and oxygen grants.


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