Divers Blog

Breathing Gas Quality Assurance
It is the top responsibility of a dive operator to provide quality breathing gas, and have systems in place should there be contamination. Learn more about breathing gas quality assurance.

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Shake off the Dust and Return to Diving
The pandemic of 2020 forced many divers to cancel trips and take a step back from diving. As a new season opens and diving may be possible again, slowly crank up your fitness.

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Use Peer Pressure for Good
Being your own advocate can be incredibly hard and isolating when up against peer pressure. But you can find empowerment and use peer pressure as a force for good within the dive community.

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Dive Business Tips: Creating a Safer Retail Shop
Now more than ever, public spaces involve some degree of risk. Here are some recommendations for improving safety in areas of your business that customers frequent.

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Simple Jitters or Enduring Anxiety?
Anxiety is long lasting and does not go away as easily as stress. And mild anxiety could prevent you from diving. Learn more.

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Emergency Action Plans: When Things Go Wrong
Emergency action plans (EAPs) are essential risk mitigation tools for dive operators and dive professionals to limit liability and ensure the safety of divers, staff and the public. Learn how to set up an effective EAP, and download a free assessment.

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Avoid the Chill
Hypothermia can affect anyone, so it’s something to be mindful of as you prepare for deeper dives, longer dives, more dives or dives in water colder than you’re used to.

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Do Wildfires Affect Breathing Gas?
In 2018, DAN Research investigated the impact of wildfires on air quality around several California and Oregon dive shops, and inspected the air of recently filled cylinders. The results are still relevant today.

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Environmental Considerations for Disinfection
Disinfection is critical to keep everyone healthy, but with the increase in cleaning, some are worried about environmental considerations. Can you disinfect properly and protect the environment?

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Why DAN Does Not Share Chamber Availability
DAN frequently consults on care, transport and hyperbaric treatment for injured divers but does not provide chamber availability or location information. Read why and learn procedures should you need a chamber.

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Dive Business Tips: Compressor Room & Fill Station Safety
If not properly set up and maintained, compressor rooms and fill stations can be among the most hazardous areas of a dive business. Get the facts on proper compressor room maintenance.

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Operating Safely in the Time of Coronavirus: Part IV
Coronavirus has upended the dive industry. However, with additional safety protocols and attention to detail, shops can operate in ways that keep customers and staff safe.

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COVID-19: DAN Member FAQs
The COVID-19 pandemic has left many DAN members with questions regarding insurance policies and potential trip cancellations. Get your questions answered here.

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Five Considerations for Drysuit Divers
When considering a drysuit, considerations need to be made to ensure personal health and safety. Skin conditions, constriction, buoyancy and other potential issues need to be weighed.

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COVID-19: First Aid Training Recommendations From DAN
First aid courses require hands-on learning, and as these first-person classes resume, there are considerations that need to be made. If you're teaching first aid classes, here is how to ensure student and instructor safety.

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COVID-19: Surface Survival Times
Information on COVID-19 is updating rapidly, but some is known about how long the virus lives on surfaces. Knowing these times is a vital part in reducing the risk of transmission.

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DAN’s Quick Guide to Properly Disinfecting Dive Gear
Disinfection remains a key part in reducing the spread of COVID-19. DAN released a guide on how to properly disinfection dive equipment to keep divers of all abilities safe and healthy.

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CPR and COVID-19
COVID-19 can be contracted by coming into contact with droplets of bodily fluid from an infected person — which makes performing CPR incredibly risky. There are steps you can take, however, if you're in a situation where CPR needs to be given.

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Diving With Arrhythmias
Arrhythmias are conditions in which a heart beats irregularly, and they can pose serious health concerns. However, with guidance from a medical professional, divers may still be able to safely dive.

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Recognizing Lung Conditions
Acute lung conditions are some of the most dramatic and life threatening injuries found in the diving environment, and it is vital for all divers to be able to quickly recognize and react to them.

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Treating Decompression Sickness (The Bends)
Decompression sickness (DCS) is one of the most common problems reported to DAN. Do you know appropriate actions to take if you suspect DCS?

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DCS or Fin Foot?
Fin foot is a common condition in which feet become swollen and sore after a dive. New divers, especially, are susceptible. Learn more about the condition and how to treat.

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Scuba Diving and Diabetes
Many people with controlled diabetes can enjoy scuba diving. However, considerations need to be made to ensure diver safety and divers should understand their risks.

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Minor Mishaps and Maladies
As a dive professional, you know that planning, preparation and careful decision-making are key risk management tools for preventing serious dive incidents and injuries during training. Because of this, the “worst” injuries most student divers face are often bumps and bruises that can be addressed quickly and easily.

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How to Avoid Rapid Ascents and Arterial Gas Embolism
Arterial gas embolism (AGE) is one of the most serious medical emergencies a diver may experience. Learning about the risks associated with AGE will help aid in prevention.

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Waterborne Illnesses
When you take the right precautions, you can protect yourself against microbes that could cause future infections or illnesses.

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Seasickness Prevention and Treatment
Everyone is susceptible to seasickness but there is no cure. However, there are ways to prevent and manage the condition.

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It’s the Little Things
The ocean is full of hazardous invertebrates that could cause serious injuries. Beware of fire corals, cone snails, jellyfish and other seemingly pretty creatures.

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Guidelines for Lifelong Medical Fitness to Dive Evaluation
Do you know when to get checked by your doctor? This guide will give you the information you need to ensure you are fit to dive throughout the rest of your life.

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Stay Cool: Managing Heat Illness in Divers
Even below the water's surface, you can still be impacted by the sun's rays. Learn how to stay safe and cool in the summer heat.

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Risk Factors For Heart Disease
Heart health is essential to the safety of all divers. The best way that you can protect yourself is to ensure that you understand the primary risk factors of heart disease and regularly consult with your physician.

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Seven Tips for Preventing COVID-19 While Diving
Wash your hands, disinfect gear, heed local warnings. There are just a few of the precautions divers can take to ensure they do not contract COVID-19.

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Why You Really Need to Maintain Your First Aid Expertise
Disaster could strike anywhere and you need to be prepared. While you may have been CPR certified years ago, you need to maintain the certification.

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Why Experience Matters
Do you stay close to your buddy while underwater? Read this case summary of why it's important to always have a dive buddy.

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Ear Equalization Guidelines for Scuba Divers
Have you ever experienced an ear problem when scuba diving? You’re not alone. Nearly 50 percent of calls to DAN's Emergency Hotline are related to ear problems.

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Four Reasons Every Diver Should Be a DAN Member
When you join Divers Alert Network, you get valuable benefits and support the diving community at the same time.

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Dive Accident Insurance Versus Travel Insurance: Do You Need Both?
As a diver, do you need both diver insurance and health insurance? To determine that answer, remember that very few travel insurance plans cover scuba diving incidents.

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A Diver’s Guide to Insurance Terms
To help divers make an informed decision about whether they need dive accident insurance coverage, we created a diver’s guide to insurance terms.

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Inspect Your Oxygen Unit and First Aid Kit
Most divers appreciate that first aid and oxygen kits are essential equipment. However, not everyone considers that many of the contents are perishable and need to be replaced periodically. Regardless of the size or type of your oxygen or first aid kit, a regular inspection (at least annually) is imperative.

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How to Clean Your Scuba Equipment
There are many benefits to using clean, well-cared-for scuba equipment. Properly maintained dive gear can last longer and is less likely to malfunction and cause a dive accident.

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Honesty and the Dive Medical Form
The Diver Medical Participant Questionnaire is a set of unified standards established to provide consistency in the minimum health standards required for training scuba divers.

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Malaria and Mosquito Bite Prevention for Divers
Mosquitoes suck. These pesky creatures can carry malaria —a deadly disease. Learn how to reduce your risks of malaria.

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Gear Maintenance: Protect Your Investment and Prevent Dive Accidents
Most divers understand the value of preventative maintenance, yet many fail to have their dive gear serviced. Keep your gear in tip-top shape to avoid serious equipment malfunctions.

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Stopping the Sting
Marine life stings are an uncommon, but an unfortunate reality of exploring the aquatic world. Know how to mitigate the risks, treat the injuries and keep yourself sting-free and happily diving this season.

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Women’s Health In Diving
Women make up a large percentage of the diving population. It is important to fully understand the issues of women's health and safety.

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Fitness for Diving
When you keep up your physical fitness out of water, you ensure you can continue to dive. But what does fitness for diving truly mean?

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Top 5 Reasons You Want A DAN Professional Membership
Dive pros can benefit from DAN's newly developed programs and enhanced services. These programs will keep everyone safe and happy.

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Don’t Let Heart Disease End Your Diving Career
Heart disease can impact your ability to dive. Many divers are unaware that they have heart disease until it is too late.

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Medical Emergencies Abroad
Do you know what to do if you have an emergency abroad? Do you know how to access emergency care? Does your insurance cover you with emergency transportation and treatment?

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Top 5 Factors That Increase Your Risk of the Bends
The bends, also known as decompression sickness (DCS), occurs when nitrogen bubbles form in the blood, often causing severe joint pain.

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How to Create an Effective Emergency Action Plan (EAP)
A basic emergency action plan outlines the steps first responders should take in a diving or nondiving emergency. The plan should be clear enough that an untrained bystander could assist if needed.

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How Good is Your Dive Emergency Action Plan?
You have an emergency action plan in place. But how good is it, really? Don't wait until a disaster strikes to put it to the test.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Dive Etiquette
Good diving etiquette is important in a social sport like diving in building and maintaining trust with your diving companions.

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6 Common Questions About Women’s Health and Scuba Diving
There are physiological differences in women that can affect their diving experience. Here are six common questions pertaining to women's health.

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Myths About Dive Accident Insurance and Diving Accidents
Think technical divers and new divers are the most at-risk for an accident? Think again. But plan for accidents with the right dive insurance.

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Health Concerns for Divers Over 50
Getting older doesn’t have to mean give up on diving, but divers over 50 should be aware of common medical issues that may interfere with safe diving.

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Top 3 Reported Diving Illnesses and Injuries
Scuba diving accidents are rare, but they do happen. Knowing how to recognize and appropriately respond to diving injuries may benefit you or someone you care about.

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Top 6 Signs of a Serious Diving Injury
It is important to recognize the signs of serious dive injuries. From chest pain to paralysis, here are common symptoms and what they could mean.

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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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Disinfection of Scuba Equipment and COVID-19
COVID-19 spreads via respiratory secretions in a variety of ways including aerosolized droplets expelled by coughing or sneezing. Learn how to properly disinfect scuba equipment.

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