Divers Blog

With diver-focused posts covering a wide range of topics — from the implications of COVID-19 to managing diabetes to current trends in risk mitigation and first aid — divers can find the information they need to stay safe. Safety is paramount in diving, and when divers have a thorough understanding of potential risks and health concerns, they are better able to prepare. Ultimately this leads to both safer and more enjoyable experiences.

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Two Evacuations and Lifesaving Surgery

With more than 40 years of experience managing emergencies across the globe, DAN can help you handle any trouble that arises, allowing you to relax and enjoy your trip.

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Check, Check, Check: Find the Right Dive Operator

You can find the right dive center via internet searches, social media, word of mouth or walking into a shop off the street — personal research can go a long way in helping you decide. But do you know the right questions to ask?

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Getting Stuck on Sea Urchins

Sea urchins are round, spiny creatures found on rocky marine coastlines and in shallow water around the globe. Observe these colorful pincushions from afar to avoid getting poked.

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DCS Uncertainty and Treatment Delay

When DCS manifests in unfamiliar ways, delays to treatment can result. With DAN, you can get the information — and financial protection — you need to ensure a positive outcome.

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Lapsed Membership and a Pricy Evacuation

The evacuation benefit included with DAN membership is priceless when you need it. Be prepared for any upcoming trip by ensuring your membership is renewed.

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Support for Newly Certified Divers

Scuba diver Fran knows what it’s like to be both a new diver and one who returned to the sport after a hiatus. In both situations, she believes, DAN membership and insurance are incredibly important.

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Comparison of COVID-19 and Decompression Illness: Causes and Risk Mitigation

While notably different, there are similarities in COVID-19 and decompression illness worthy of consideration. Understand how risk mitigation measures can be used to ward off either.

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Freediving Not a Free Pass Out of DCS

Freedivers rarely deal with decompression sickness, which clouds their judgement if symptoms arise. “How can it be DCS?” Read more about the story of one freediver whose treatment was delayed because he didn’t think it could be DCS.

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Dive Operations and COVID-19: Prepping for Return FAQs

The following Q&As have been compiled from questions sent in by divers, dive professionals and operators and are intended to help everyone get ready for a safe return to the water.

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Put Your Students’ Minds at Ease

DAN is a great resource for your students and new divers. The organization can answer their questions, provide support and evacuation services in an emergency and offer crucial reassurance.

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COVID-19 and Diving: March 2021 Update

As the medical community has learned more about COVID-19 in the past year, the implications of the disease for divers are now better understood.

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An Accident at Sea

Accidents don’t take vacations, and it’s smart to be prepared for anything, no matter where in the world you go. While DAN is best known for helping divers, its emergency evacuation benefit can cover non-diving-related emergencies as well.

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