El tiempo es esencial

Bill Ziefle in front of DAN Headquarters. © Steve Exum

En cada edición de Alert Diver, you’ll find advertisements for some of the world’s best and most reputable liveaboard operators. Liveaboards are a great way to explore remote dive destinations for multiple days at a time, giving divers immersive and unforgettable experiences in certain corners of the underwater world.

En esta edición, miembros del personal del departamento de servicios de seguridad de DAN han escrito un artículo sobre embarcaciones de vida a bordo y las lecciones aprendidas a partir de la tragedia del Conception tragedy, sharing important safety takeaways for liveaboard operators to consider. Regardless of whether you dive from a liveaboard, a day boat, or the shore, your safety is still your responsibility. Don’t let the excitement of a vacation or the presence of capable crew members or dive guides lead you to outsource your self-preservation. Accidents can happen to anyone at any time.

Si bien sabemos esto intelectualmente, y lo vemos tanto dentro como fuera del ámbito del buceo, muchas personas se niegan a reconocer esta realidad y, en cambio, creen que los eventos adversos solo les sucederán a otros. No obstante, ser un buzo cauteloso significa cubrirse contra accidentes de buceo, para lo que debe contar con las herramientas y la capacitación que se necesitan para mitigar riesgos innecesarios y responder frente a sucesos inesperados. En emergencias, su reacción es importante y cada segundo es crucial.

Su responsabilidad como buzo de seguridad

While a degree of trust in your dive operator is important, it’s never wrong to advocate for your own safety. You can ask your liveaboard or charter operator if emergency oxygen is on board, if crew and dive staff have up-to-date first aid training, and if the operator has an emergency action plan in place. But safe divers take it a step further: They have recent first aid training, they know the importance of emergency oxygen and how to administer it, they have their own emergency action plan, and they are ready to act if needed. 

Hesitation or failure to act may result from lack of experience, poor skills, or insufficient training. Taking action in a dive emergency may be as laborious as providing CPR for more than 40 minutes, as Amy Arnold courageously did in this issue’s Incident Insight article. Or it may be as simple as recognizing signs of decompression sickness (DCS), taking them seriously, and promptly calling DAN. 

“Being a safe diver means hedging your bets against dive accidents by las herramientas y la capacitación que se necesitan to mitigate unnecessary risks and respond to unexpected events.”

Si usted o alguna otra persona sospecha que está sufriendo una EDC, debe pasar por alto la siesta posterior al buceo. Cuanto antes se comunique con DAN, más pronto podremos derivarlo para que reciba tratamiento y organizar su evacuación de emergencia si es necesario. Cuanto más tarde en dar este paso fundamental, más tiempo tomará poner las cosas en marcha. Su salud y seguridad están en juego, por lo que debe tomárselas en serio. Todo lo demás puede esperar. 

DAN’s Responsibility as Your Dive Safety Association 

DAN has been managing dive emergencies and arranging evacuations for more than 40 years. We’ve successfully completed thousands of these missions. We constantly strive to improve our infrastructure, and we update our standard operating procedures based on our experience. All members can be assured that we take preventative measures to streamline our evacuation and medical services.

DAN’s medical director is available for consultation with treating physicians. If the treating physician lacks the skill or education needed to diagnose a dive injury, the DAN medic will strongly recommend an immediate consultation with DAN’s medical director to determine what’s best for the injured diver. 

DAN remains the primary point of contact for case management. The DAN medic assigned to the case will participate in all calls between DAN’s travel assistance provider and the injured party to reinforce the urgency of action and to ensure the member gets all the benefits and services their DAN membership and insurance provides.

“DAN has been prestado servicios a buzos, por más de 40 años. Puede estar seguro de que si tiene una emergencia de buceo, en DAN will be there for you.”

En situaciones donde se requiera algún pago antes o en el momento de la prestación del servicio, el miembro del personal médico de DAN involucrará a otros miembros del personal de DAN conforme sea necesario para aprobar cargos, emitir garantías de pago y efectuar pagos con tarjeta de crédito o transferencia bancaria.

DAN’s goal is for members to never have to make direct out-of-pocket payments. We continue to refine our systems and database to allow information collection on key airports and local provider options for air transportation — similar to what we have for hyperbaric chambers. 

También seguimos desarrollando y mejorando los planes de acción de emergencia que hemos definido para los principales destinos de buceo; asimismo, estamos desarrollando la base de datos de proveedores de evacuaciones sanitarias locales para brindarnos un panorama más completo de lo que debe suceder en situaciones y lugares específicos.

A part of DAN’s medical services operation, the new DAN Assistance Services group will soon replace DAN’s travel assistance provider. While these services were originally scheduled for rollout later this year, DAN is accelerating plans to allow us to assume responsibility for all member assistance services at the earliest possible date. We will provide more information about this expanded service as it becomes available.

DAN ha prestado servicios a buzos por más de 40 años. Puede estar seguro de que si experimenta una emergencia de buceo, en DAN le brindaremos ayuda.


© Alert Diver — Q1 2024

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