Short but Beautiful Lives

MY FELLOW DIVERS WERE ECSTATIC AFTER A TWILIGHT DIVE on the Okinawa wreck near Pompano, Florida, in early June 2019. I was shooting wide angle and hadn’t paid much attention to small creatures during the dive, but they had found the holy grail for macro photographers: nudibranchs — in this case, regal sea goddesses (Felimare […]

Mexico’s Sardine Run

Although striped marlins (Kajikia audax) are slower than some of their billfish cousins, their 50-mph speed is plenty fast for me. I try to swim alongside this stealth bomber of the sea as it works a baitball to separate individual sardines from the silvery mass. While getting outpaced by sailfish and black marlin might be […]

More Than a Sore Shoulder

I REMEMBER SITTING AT MY COMPUTER while thinking about all the ibuprofen I had been popping for the past 18 hours and wondering why I still had the dull, aching pain in my shoulder. Could this be more than soreness from carrying gear back and forth from our shore entry point or exertion from a […]

Fred Buyle

A STATEMENT ON FRED BUYLE’S WEBSITE briefly explains his approach to underwater photography: “To take his pictures and videos, Fred uses a simple formula: the water, available light, a camera, and one breath of air, nothing more, nothing less.” I would add to that list an extraordinary eye for composition and a passion for placing himself […]

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 […]

Chasing Weeds

How many times have you noticed the line of weeds out of the corner of your eye and driven past, around, or through it without a second glance on your way to a dive? In our case, most of the time. On a calm day off Jupiter, Florida, a wide weed line at the edge […]

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. […]

The Argonaut Octopus and the Jellyfish

I DON’T EXPECT TO SEE ANIMALS much larger than my thumbnail while I’m drifting on a night dive in the ocean. So I’m surprised when a translucent skirt of tentacles half the length of my arm breezes past. This creature is a behemoth in a sea of Lilliputians, so I kick hard to catch up […]

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 […]

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. […]

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