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Simple Steps for a Safe Return

If you’ve been out of the water for a while, take time to assess your health and fitness, refresh your skills and equipment, and review your travel plans before your next dives.

DAN has created this practical guide to help you get back to diving safely. So take a few minutes, read over these recommendations, and be prepared for your next dives.

Download the quick start guide here.


Return To Diving Safely, Step by Step

 Review the whole plan or jump to the section that most interests you.

We’ve made it easy to prepare at your own pace.

Inactivity

  • There are many reasons divers may not dive for a while; the important thing is to address potential issues before you get back to it.

Health Status

  • If you’ve been ill or absent from diving for an extended period, consult your physician before you return to diving. 

Fitness


Equipment

  • Have equipment professionally serviced according to the manufacturers’ specifications. 
  • Inspect your gear for signs of wear and tear. 
  • Familiarize yourself with new equipment before using it.

Diving Skills

  • All training agencies offer refresher courses, which provide excellent opportunities to shore up knowledge and skills.
  • Contact your local dive store or dive professional about continuing education or refresher training. 

Travel Plans

  • Research health, safety, and testing requirements at your destination. 
  • Learn what steps your dive operator is taking to protect you. 
  • Ensure you have adequate and current dive accident and travel insurance.

Download DAN’s Return To Diving Guide

Download DAN’s Return to Diving Guide, and take it with you on your next dive adventure.

DAN return to diving safely

DAN Customer Service

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+1 (919) 684-2948

+1 (800) 446-2671

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24/7 Emergency Hotline

In the event of a dive accident or injury, call local EMS first, then call DAN.

24/7 Emergency Hotline:

+1 (919) 684-9111

(Collect calls accepted)

DAN must arrange transportation for covered emergency medical evacuation fees to be paid.

Medical Information Line

Get answers to your nonemergency health and diving questions.

Mon–Fri, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET

+1 (919) 684-2948, Option 4

Online: Ask A Medic

(Allow 24-48 hours for a response.)