A Sense of Purpose

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona Years Diving: 34 Favorite Dive Destination: Little Cayman is special because of the conservation work our team has done through the Grouper Moon Project and the time I’ve spent there with my family. Why I’m a DAN Member: Diving around the world with REEF and conducting conservation research in the field means that having support from […]

Forging a Blue Economy

For the founders of three of Indonesia’s dive resorts, the mission was clear: Protect the region’s natural resources by providing economic, educational and environmental benefits while empowering residents to participate in the process. These visionaries blazed a path for a “blue economy” — ensuring sustainable use of ocean resources while promoting economic growth and improved livelihoods for the people who live there.

Travel Smarter: Travelers Medical Guide Is Available

DAN’s new Travelers Medical Guide was created to help divers, boaters, and adventure travelers recognize and manage various travel-related illnesses and injuries. Drawing on DAN’s decades of experience managing emergencies, this digital guide explains common symptoms, illnesses, and treatments in an easy-to-understand manner. Access the free guide at DAN.org. Traveling the world requires knowledge and preparation. […]

It Takes a Village

Ocean literacy is important for the public to make informed decisions about ocean restoration efforts and to take increased individual responsibility in those efforts. Younger generations are crucial for developing an ocean literate society, but adequate ocean science education is a challenge for underserved and underfunded schools. Informal educational opportunities run by the Black Girls Dive Foundation (BGDF) fill the knowledge gap and are a resource for environmentally minded students.

Program Spotlight: DAN Offers New E-Learning Courses

Dive safety starts with understanding the risks in diving. Prevention requires taking appropriate steps to mitigate these risks, and effectively responding to incidents requires preparation and training. Online learning is a practical and convenient way to improve your knowledge and make you a safer diver. DAN members have access to a compendium of free e-learning […]

A Slug’s Life

At the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Connecticut, nudibranchs have become storytellers for an issue facing our oceans that is difficult to understand yet imperative to know about: global climate change. The aquarium has taken a unique approach to educate the public on this global threat. Their new exhibit, A Slug’s Life: Facing the Climate Endgame, showcases the adored mollusk and runs through Sept. 6, 2021. The exhibit’s specific intent is to help guests understand the warnings that changing slug populations provide about the health of their habitats.

DAN Dispatch: DAN Launches 2022 Webinar Series

DAN HAS LAUNCHED A NEW SERIES of live monthly webinars on its DAN TV YouTube channel at youtube.com/user/DiversAlertNetworkTV. Throughout 2022, experts from DAN’s Research, Safety Services, and Medical Services teams will give presentations on topics relevant to divers, dive professionals, and dive business owners as we look beyond the pandemic and resume diving and traveling. […]

DAN Member Profile: Tec Clark

Dive legend Tec Clark has built a memorable career and legacy around training excellent divers. He describes his underwater experiences as “absolutely worshipful” and “otherworldly.” It’s the place where he feels closer to God than anywhere else on Earth. Helping others safely and professionally experience this same life-changing magic is his focus. Clark summed up the philosophy behind all his advice to new dive professionals: “Great training is the key to great diving. Don’t cut corners. Offer excellent training. Go beyond the standard.”

DAN Medical Services Is Here for You

AS YOU MAKE PLANS TO DIVE THIS SUMMER, remember that an important benefit of DAN membership is access to DAN Medical Services.

DAN DISPATCH: DAN Summer Research Internship

More than 100 interns over 20 years have participated in DAN’s internship programs, working with established mentors in research, risk mitigation or medicine to gain knowledge and valuable professional experience while contributing to DAN operations. This year five interns traveled to Durham, North Carolina, to participate in the program.

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