Making informed decisions about dive safety requires reliable information. Through our public safety campaigns, DAN collects, analyzes and interprets dive incident data and presents it in formats useful to divers. When it comes to improving risk management and reducing incidents, understanding the various relevant factors is crucial.

Safe Boating Guidelines

To prevent injuries and death by propeller and vessel strikes, divers and boaters must be proactively aware of one another. Make sure to check local regulations before leaving the dock.

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Lobster Mini-Season Safety

Each lobster season is marked by unexpected injuries and fatalities as divers rush to get into the water. Florida’s mini-season alone sees, on average, two dive fatalities each year.

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Breathing Gas Contamination

Health effects on divers vary depending on the contaminant. The most severe symptoms of breathing contaminated gas are impaired judgment and loss of consciousness, both of which may be deadly underwater.

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Lionfish Awareness

What should divers know about Lionfish?

Lionfish (aka Zebrafish) is a common name for a genus of venomous fish commonly found in tropical reefs. Native to the Indo-Pacific, Lionfish have become an invasive species in the western Atlantic and can be found as far north as Rhode Island. While not a threat to divers, the invasion of this greedy predator in exotic ecosystems has the potential to destroy juvenile species. In an attempt to control the spread of lionfish populations, recreational divers in the Americas have started aggressive campaigns to hunt them; in the process, many divers are stung with their sharp spines, which cause very painful and sometimes complicated wounds.

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