Health & Medicine

DAN exists to provide expert medical information for the benefit of the diving public. We offer real-time assistance with dive accidents and work to prevent injuries and promote dive safety.

Medical Services

DAN’s medical services are available to divers, dive professionals and health care providers. We offer physician education, an emergency hotline, medical information, physician consultations, educational programs and a worldwide referral network of doctors who treat or evaluate divers.

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Emergency Assistance

When you need it most, DAN will be here to help. We coordinate emergency evacuations and cover the costs — up to US$150,000 per person. Every DAN member is entitled to these emergency services as well as travel, medical, legal and personal assistance.

In an emergency, contact local EMS, then call DAN at +1 (919) 684-9111.

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Ask a Medic

In addition to staffing the DAN Emergency Hotline, DAN medics are available during regular business hours to answer your questions about dive medicine and fitness to dive. Our team of doctors, nurses, paramedics and EMTs offers medical information, referrals, evacuation assistance and more via phone, email and

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Physician Referral Network

DAN maintains a worldwide network of physicians who serve the diving public. If you are looking for a doctor to conduct a diving physical or would like a consultation with a dive medicine specialist in your area, give us a call.

Health Resources

This comprehensive collection of online resources provide valuable information on topics critical to diver health and safety, as well as common issues encountered by new and experienced divers.

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Diseases & Conditions

With in-depth information about common medical concerns and their significance to divers, Diseases & Conditions entries cover anatomy, epidemiology, symptoms, prevention, first aid and more.

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Dive Medical Reference Books

Gain in-depth and thorough knowledge on common issues encountered by divers of all abilities. Current medical references available include decompression sickness, ear equalization, marine injuries and more.

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Health & Safety Guidelines

These scientific briefs offer divers and dive professionals a greater ability to make informed decisions in managing diver health and safety, and were created from DAN research findings and workshop proceedings.

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Smart Guides

These quick reference guides provide accurate information on common dive topics, from basic tips on becoming a stronger diver to identifying common health and fitness issues experienced above and below the water. Download each guide or view articles individually.

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DAN’s online safety quizzes provide an interactive platform for delivering educational information on basic health and diver safety. Among DAN’s most popular online safety resources, the quizzes add an element of fun and often generate a Q&A discussion.


DAN encourages divers and dive operators to comply with federal and state social distancing orders and to stay up to date on the recommendations of the CDC, the WHO and your local health department. We acknowledge that some people will continue to dive, and we encourage them to take steps to lower their risk of disease transmission and minimize the risk of injury to avoid further stressing hospitals and emergency medical services.