Divers Blog

COVID-19 and Diving: March 2021 Update
As the medical community has learned more about COVID-19 in the past year, the implications of the disease for divers are now better understood.

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Put Your Students’ Minds at Ease
You’re no stranger to Divers Alert Network: You know about its recompression chamber network, dive accident coverage, 24/7 emergency hotline and programs for dive professionals. These benefits are why you’ve been a member for years. But to people who are brand new to diving, when you say “DAN” they might think you’re talking about some […]

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Be Aware of Unusual DCS Symptoms
When a diver begins to suffer from extreme fatigue, achy joints and confusion, dive professionals will recognize these as signs of decompression sickness (DCS) and act quickly to ensure the divers gets the care they need. However, there are also numerous uncommon symptoms, and these are often associated with lesser-known forms of DCS. Because the […]

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Dive Business Tips: Staff Health and Safety
The mantra “Take care of your employees and they will take care of your business,” is especially true in the dive industry. It helps builds morale, enhances efficiency, reduces lost time and staff turnover, helps lower insurance costs and importantly, ensures compliance with the law. Owners sometimes assume their responsibilities extend only to appointed employees, […]

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Comparison of COVID-19 and Decompression Illness: Causes and Risk Mitigation
COVID-19 and dive injuries are very different things, but the two have many similarities that are worthy of consideration. The causes are obviously distinct; COVID-19 is caused by a virus while dive injuries (decompression illness, specifically) are caused by exposure to pressure. In both, cases range from mild to severe, and while there are fatalities, […]

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DCS Uncertainty and Treatment Delay
Common symptoms of decompression sickness (DCS) include extreme fatigue, achy joints and confusion. There are also numerous uncommon symptoms, however, and these are often associated with lesser-known forms of DCS. Because the most common symptoms represent only a partial list of potential complications, gaps in divers’ (and dive professionals’ and doctors’) understanding of DCS are […]

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Check, Check, Check: Find the Right Dive Operator
Whether you’ve decided to explore the SS Thistlegorm in the Egyptian Red Sea, witness the Sardine Run off South Africa, or simply book a single day of diving during your beach vacation, you will probably need some gear, a little local knowledge and a seasoned guide to make the most of the experience. You can find the […]

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Be Prepared for Medical Emergencies Abroad
When planning a dive trip to a remote destination, it’s best to do a little research to get an understanding of local emergency capabilities. Unfortunately not every medical facility can provide care for every illness or injury. So what can be done? An important part of being prepared for emergencies is being a DAN member. […]

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Emergency Action Plans: When Things Go Wrong
Emergency action plans (EAPs) are essential risk mitigation tools for dive operators and dive professionals to limit liability and ensure the safety of divers, staff and the public. Learn how to set up an effective EAP, and download a free assessment.

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Why DAN Does Not Share Chamber Availability
DAN frequently consults on care, transport and hyperbaric treatment for injured divers but does not provide chamber availability or location information. Read why and learn procedures should you need a chamber.

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COVID-19: First Aid Training Recommendations From DAN
First aid courses require hands-on learning, and as these first-person classes resume, there are considerations that need to be made. If you're teaching first aid classes, here is how to ensure student and instructor safety.

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COVID-19: Surface Survival Times
Information on COVID-19 is updating rapidly, but some is known about how long the virus lives on surfaces. Knowing these times is a vital part in reducing the risk of transmission.

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Treating Decompression Sickness (The Bends)
Decompression sickness (DCS) is one of the most common problems reported to DAN. Do you know appropriate actions to take if you suspect DCS?

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Dive Operations and COVID-19: Prepping for Return FAQs
The following Q&As have been compiled from questions sent in by divers, dive professionals and operators and are intended to help everyone get ready for a safe return to the water.

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Disinfection of Scuba Equipment and COVID-19
COVID-19 spreads via respiratory secretions in a variety of ways including aerosolized droplets expelled by coughing or sneezing. Learn how to properly disinfect scuba equipment.

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