How To Return To Diving Safely

Return To Diving Safely

Your guide to getting back in the water

Live Event: Thursday, May 20, 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.

Presented by Frauke Tillmans, Ph.D.

Frauke Tillmans, Ph.D., is the Research Director at DAN. She has a degree in human biology and a Ph.D. in oxidative stress, a condition associated with acute diving injuries. Dr. Tillmans is an experienced public safety diver, scientific diver and dive safety officer. She has worked as a researcher in global collaborative projects focused on decompression stress, inert gas narcosis and oxygen toxicity and was employed by the German Navy before she began working at DAN in 2019.

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DAN reinvested over $100 million in dive safety

Every year, hundreds of thousands of divers worldwide look to DAN as their dive safety organization. Through your membership support, we have reinvested over $100 million in dive safety programs to benefit divers everywhere. Thank you for being a member, and you truly help make a difference.

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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Your tax-deductible contribution helps DAN dedicate resources to preventing incidents, managing injuries and saving lives. By supporting DAN’s, you ensure that divers worldwide have the support and information they need to stay safe and informed.



We are committed to maintaining a community of medical professionals — physicians, chambers and first aid providers — to assist divers worldwide.



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



We are committed to providing research, medical information, and safety guidelines to give you confidence when you return to diving.

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