Recreational scuba diving offers exhilarating experiences. Although it involves some risks, these can be well controlled through proper training and adherence to standard procedures. Injuries are rare, and only DAN, with its global network, can compile enough data to see the whole picture.   

DAN Research supports DAN’s mission of advancing dive safety by working toward these objectives:

  1. Make the diving experience more enjoyable by identifying undue stressors and proposing alleviating measures
  2. Prevent diving-related injuries by identifying risk factors and proposing safe diving practices
  3. Prevent complications of injuries by proposing the best first aid and treatment practices  

DAN Research collaborates with leading scientists and research institutions to address ongoing questions about the safety of underwater exploration. DAN has played a pivotal role in the development of numerous groundbreaking innovations that help keep divers safe while they enjoy the sport they love.

Stress in Diving and Fitness to Dive

Whether on a single breath or scuba, diving involves stressors that result from breathing modifications, immersion and the pressure changes associated with depth.

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Common Diving Injuries and How To Avoid Them

The most common dive-specific injuries include barotrauma and decompression illness in scuba diving and hypoxic blackout in breath-hold diving.

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Best Treatment Practices for Diving Injuries

Most injuries in diving are mild and not necessarily apparent to others. If you do not feel well after dive,  something may be wrong. 

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Visit DAN Research for comprehensive information about ongoing and completed studies, publications, grants and how to get involved.