Simple Steps for a Safe Return

DAN has created this practical guide to help you get back to diving safely. So 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.

Be better prepared for your upcoming adventure. Watch the Return to Diving Safely video, read over these recommendations, and be ready 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.


  • 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. 




  • 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 your dive accident insurance and travel insurance coverage is current and adequate.

Watch How Easy It Is To Return To Diving Safely

From assessing your health to refreshing your dive skills, this video will guide you every step of the way.
Video also available in Spanish.

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

Mon–Fri, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET

+1 (919) 684-2948

+1 (800) 446-2671

Fax: +1 (919) 490-6630


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.)