Since 1997

​Annual Membership

You can join DAN as a recreational diving individual, family, free-divers or spear fisherman. DAN membership includes payment for the cost of hospitalisation, medical and hyperbaric treatment, and certain other costs associated with diving-related accidents. Only Plus and Mater members receive the Alert Diver subscription.

Standard

Plus

Master

R300 000: Medical and related expenses for a diving related injury or illness.

No: International medical and related expenses for a non-diving related injury or illness.

Actual Cost: Local & International emergency transport or evacuation for non-diving related injuries or illness. To closest medical facility.
R500 000: Medical and related expenses for a diving related injury or illness.

R500 000: International medical and related expenses for a non-diving related injury or illness.

Actual Cost: Local & International emergency transport or evacuation for non-diving related injuries or illness. To closest medical facility.
R600 000: Medical and related expenses for a diving related injury or illness.

R600 000: International medical and related expenses for a non-diving related injury or illness.

Actual Cost: Local & International emergency transport or evacuation for non-diving related injuries or illness. To closest medical facility.
Monthly Payments
1 Diver - R 90
2 Divers - R 180
3 Divers - R 260
4 Divers - R 340​

Once Off Payments
1 Diver - R 900
2 Divers - R 1 800
3 Divers - R 2 600
4 Divers - R 3 400
Monthly Payments
1 Diver - R 110
2 Divers - R 210
3 Divers - R 310
4 Divers - R 410​

Once Off Payments
1 Diver - R 1 200
2 Divers  - R 2 300
3 Divers - R 3 400
4 Divers - R 4 500
Monthly Payments
1 Diver - R 120
2 Divers - R 230
3 Divers - R 340
4 Divers - R 450​

Once Off Payments
1 Diver - R 1 400
2 Divers  - R 2 700
3 Divers - R 4 000
4 Divers - R 5 300
Annual Application
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Renewal Application.pdf
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Annual Guide
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All membership applications are usually processed within 2 days. I​f you don't hear from us within 48 hours after submitting an application please contact the DAN-SA office directly on +27 11 266 4900 or at mail@dansa.org. Please note that the DAN administrative office is closed on weekends and public holidays.

​Travel Notice

A travel notification is to ensure that DAN-SA knows when our members travel abroad, and to add this note on our system. With the information provided by you, the DAN-SA Member, we would be able to ensure adequate planning for any potential evacuation procedures and advise you on the availability of appropriate treatment facilities where you will be diving. Please note that DAN-SA membership is not insurance and is secondary to any other Insurance or Medical Aid you might have. The travel notification only applies to active DAN-SA members.
 
Important: Please also note that there is a limitation on DAN Membership benefits – especially for remote and complicated evacuations. It is always advisable to take additional comprehensive travel insurance in conjunction with your DAN Membership to make up any possible shortfall in such cases. 
NOTE - Many medical aids do not cover diving and most importantly do not cover any accidents that occur outside national borders. Do not assume you are covered; please confirm your benefits with your medical aid.

Call the DAN hotline 24/7/365

Toll free 0800 020 111 (RSA) or +27 828 10 60 10 (internationally)
 
To cater for all of our members, DAN has three different membership packages available: Standard, Plus and Master. Your membership package will determine the amount of compensation as well as how many of our fantastic benefits you get! You can also add your family members to your DAN membership. Diving family members will receive a discounted rate while non-diving family members are added for free.
 
Your DAN membership can be paid per month or per year. If you pay via debit order every month, your membership will continue until it is cancelled. If you pay annually, your membership will need to be renewed every year (don’t worry we’ll remind you!).
DAN-SA is not an insurance company and it does not sell insurance. DAN-SA is a diving emergency assistance organisation that uses a group insurance policy to extend emergency medical cover benefits to its members for certain travel, medical and diving related emergencies in support of its mission. As part of your DAN-SA membership, DAN-SA automatically provides cover according to the respective membership levels.

We cater for traveling Dive Masters & Instructors

​Dive Master & Instructor working within the DAN Southern Africa region

​​Dive Masters/Instructors working abroad within the DAN Southern Africa region now have access to the additional benefit of being able to extend their diving-only cover benefits, on specific application and only as a Master member. To activate this extension benefit, an application will need to be submitted to the DAN office for approval whenever the period exceeds 90 consecutive days, for each successive 90-day period.
 
It is necessary to contact the DAN office within 85 days when working abroad within the DAN Southern Africa region to be able to extend the membership benefits for any additional 90 day period.
 
Dive Masters/Instructors working abroad must apply for Master membership within their country of residence prior to departure.

​Dive Master & Instructor working internationally

​Dive Masters/Instructors working abroad now have access to the additional benefit of being able to extend their diving-only cover benefits up to a period of 365 days, on specific application and only as a Master member. To activate this extension benefit, an application will need to be submitted to the DAN office for approval whenever the period exceeds 90 consecutive days, for each successive 90-day period.
 
It is necessary to contact the DAN office within 85 days when working abroad to be able to extend the membership benefits for any additional period, with an overall limit of 365 days. If the period exceeds 365 days, the Dive Masters/Instructors will need to join the relevant international DAN office in the area that they are working in.
 
For Dive Masters/Instructors working outside the DAN Southern Africa territory, there will be an additional fee to extend their diving only membership benefits. Diving-only cover may be extended, based on contacting the office and requesting extended cover, for a fee of R350 per 90 day period, up to a maximum of a 360 days continuous period away.
 
Dive Masters/Instructors working abroad must apply for Master membership within their country of residence within the DAN Southern Africa region prior to departure.
​Don’t get caught out in an emergency – renew your DAN membership every year. If you have any queries about renewing, please contact our Membership Office  at mail@dansa.org  or call us on  0860 242 242 / +27 11 266 4900 .

We cater for freedivers

Note: ​Freedivers participating in competitions will need to join as Master members and be registered with Pure Apnea or SAFF. In addition, an emergency plan for freedivers engaging in a competition needs to be submitted to the DAN office for each such event by the Pure Apnea or SAFF approved organisers.

We cater for spear fishermen

Spear fisherman eligibility: Avoid hyperventilation prior to diving (i.e., defined as taking more than 4 deep breaths prior to diving), avoid bottom times in excess of 90 seconds, avoid depths in excess of 25 meters, never dive alone, never attach speared or wounded fish to your body via a stinger or similar device, where possible & inform DAN of any spearfishing trips prior to departure. 

Note: Spear-fishermen participating in competitions will need to join as Master members and be registered with SAUFF. In addition, an emergency plan for spear-fishermen engaging in a competition needs to be submitted to the DAN office for each such event by the SAUFF approved organisers.
​Professional Liability

I​​n our pursuit to find a solution to the local requirement for professional liability cover, DAN has been informed that we are not able to obtain such insurance, from any overseas insurance company, until this has been approved, in advance, by the local financial services board authorities.

We would like to inform divers to make sure that any insurance product that they wish to purchase comes through a duly licensed local insurance company (or an associated broker), that is a registered financial services provider. It is the local insurance company’s responsibility to apply for and obtain this permission. 

We, as DAN, do not wish to dissuade anyone from using any insurance products of their choice; our interest is simply to ensure effective cover for them in the event of a diving emergency or a liability claim.

​For more information click the link below.

Annual Membership FAQ's

Is DAN-SA a non-profit organisation?

DAN-SA was originally incorporated as a Section 21 Company in 1996. Since the New Companies Act came into force on 1 May 2011, former Section 21 Companies underwent a change in description. DAN-SA is now referred to as a Non-Profit Company (NPC).

Non-profit organisations are formed to serve the benefits of their wider members and must have a clearly stated aim right from the initial registration. In fact, there are no traditional shareholders, only special members who are duly elected and appointed to take care of the interests of the broader membership base. These members serve in a voluntary, advisory capacity and do not receive any remuneration for their service.

An NPC may not distribute any of its operating surpluses or “profits” to any member or officer and all funds must be used to the benefit of the organisation and in compliance with the aims of the organisation. In the event of an NPC ceasing to exist, all existing funds must then be distributed to another “like” organisation.
So yes, DAN-SA is, and always has been, a non-profit company and will remain so under the New Companies Act.

DAN-SA provides emergency medical advice and assistance for underwater diving injuries and provides a wide range of research, education and training programmes that promote safe diving.

Is DAN-SA a tax-exempt organisation?

DAN-SA’s emphasis on mission-based priorities is reflected in its ongoing SARS tax-exemption status. Not all NPCs are tax exempt; those who apply for exemption are not approved automatically either. To receive tax exemption, NPCs must demonstrate that their income is obtained and applied for the purpose of serving the altruistic aspects of its mission and not primarily derived from the sale of goods, for example. Once approved, the tax-exemption status is reviewed annually and requires a new application each year. 

Tax exemption is more than an endorsement of DAN-SA’s commitment to its mission. This status also permits other organisations as well as members of the public to make donations to DAN-SA without incurring the 20% liability for donations tax. We would like to encourage people to consider making donations towards specific DAN-SA safety initiatives and scholarships or even to make endowments from their estates to DAN-SA. This is a common practice in America and Europe. For more information, please contact info@dansa.org 

Please note that membership subscriptions or donations are not regarded as tax deductible items; DAN-SA is not a Section 18A company and as there are specific membership benefits and services associated with membership subscriptions, we are not able to qualify as a public benefit organisation.

Are my dues to DAN-SA tax deductible?

No, dues are not tax deductible.

Why join DAN-SA?

We have found that there are usually three main reasons why people join DAN-SA: 

Call and assistance
Most divers realise that diving is an adventure sport that may result in injuries; as such they want the peace of mind that, in case of a diving emergency, there is a 24-hour hotline to call with membership benefits for the medical services they will need. 

Cost saving
DAN-SA membership is not expensive by most standards. Diving medical advice is offered free of charge and is available 24/7/365. Membership benefits are secondary to any primary insurance or medical aid and include diving medical and travel-related cover that are also extremely affordable and very competitive. DAN-SA members also have access to discounts on safety and educational materials.

Culture of care
Many divers like being part of an organisation that is so obviously committed towards their safety. Apart from being available as a diving emergency and diving-medical-information line, DAN-SA is always actively campaigning for safety, initiating and supporting safety initiatives, and finding practical ways to make diving safer and more enjoyable. 

DAN-SA is a very personal organisation. Callers quickly learn that DAN-SA is not an “institution”; it is a living and vibrant organisation. In many ways, DAN-SA members feel that they are becoming part of a “family” who look out for one another – “divers helping divers” as we always like to say. 

So, many divers just seem to like the idea of being part of something worthwhile and they are willing to give up some of their discretionary income to be a part of it. 

That being said, it is also common knowledge that DAN-SA offers top-rated services and has an exceptional network of experienced diving medical professionals. One call to the DAN-SA hotline and divers find themselves talking to a professional diving doctor who “speaks their language”. This is truly something special. With access to so many like-minded people, DAN-SA is able to arrange evacuation by land, sea or sky if required and help injured divers gain access to specialised medical treatment facilities such as recompression chambers. 

So, why join?
In a nutshell: DAN-SA members help support a 24-hour hotline. This hotline offers access to specialists trained in diving medicine and is freely available to anyone with a diving-related query. The DAN-SA hotline can be called 24/7/365 by any diver worldwide in the event of a dive emergency. Your DAN-SA membership subscription contributes towards the 24-hour emergency and information line. Without your support, this service would not exist. The emergency and diving-medical-information line is freely available to anyone. So any diver can call for medical advice on any topic to do with diving or ask to be referred to a health professional knowledgeable in diving medicine.

Which is better: monthly or annual payment?

All DAN-SA memberships are annual. In other words, the financial membership commitment is for one year. 

All debit orders, both monthly and annual, remain in place until cancelled. This has several advantages: for instance, we have had a few members who inadvertently allowed their annual memberships to lapse and were without cover when they needed it. Unfortunately, the DAN-SA policy requires that we submit accurate monthly membership information to the insurers; so if a member’s name is off the list due to non-payment there is nothing DAN-SA can do about it. We do send several automated reminders to annual members, but with all the changes in email addresses, cell phone numbers and postal addresses, communication sometimes falls through the cracks. Debit orders are simply more reliable in the long run.

Monthly membership dues are slightly more than the equivalent annual membership fee to account for the debit order runs and the additional administration costs. Their main advantage is that it may be easier to budget for a small sum than for a large lump sum. After a year, we allow members to cancel their membership at any time with proper notice to us to avoid unpaid charges on the debit orders. Cancellation of monthly debit orders before a year is, technically, a breach of the DAN-SA membership contract. We do not institute legal proceedings, but once a diver has breached or defaulted on debit order payments, they forfeit the privilege of joining by debit order. After that, full annual payment is required upfront if they want to re-join.

DAN-SA membership fees are so much less than medical aid fees. Can I use DAN-SA membership to replace my hospital plan?

DAN-SA membership is not a medical aid or a hospital plan. 

Firstly, DAN-SA is not registered as a medical scheme in terms of the Medical Schemes Act. As such. DAN-SA is actually legally prohibited from providing the services of a medical scheme as defined in the Act. For that reason, medical expenses for non-diving injuries and accidents may only be covered outside of the DAN-SA member’s country of residence. Divers are sometimes tempted to “work the system” by joining outside of Southern Africa in the hope that they will then be taken to a South African medical facility and have their medical treatment paid for. Unfortunately for them, this ploy often backfires badly. If you join in a country other than South Africa, the evacuation benefits are aimed at repatriating you to that country. So if you choose to join as a member of your country of residence, evacuation will be back to your country of residence. In case of a diving emergency, of course, the whereabouts of the nearest, most appropriate emergency or recompression facility will determine the evacuation destination, so divers will be taken care of in the most appropriate facilities. However, when it comes to regular medical problems, we strongly recommend that you get a proper medical aid or an expatriate medical insurance plan to return you to South Africa. 

Secondly, DAN-SA membership provides benefits, not insurance. DAN-SA is the owner of a group policy with benefits that are extended to its members. DAN-SA is the insured party and DAN-SA members receive the benefits of DAN-SA’s insurance. The selection of benefits offered to DAN-SA members were therefore designed specifically to provide optimal diving emergency support (i.e. in terms of both emergency assistance and treatment) and to include a useful number of travel insurance benefits to accommodate common travel and medical emergency situations. However, DAN-SA cover can only include a limited number of emergency-related injuries and illnesses. The emphasis remains on emergency medical benefits. So, DAN-SA cannot replace your medical aid. 

Perhaps you may now be asking why have a DAN-SA membership at all? That is a fair question. It is true that some medical aids include cover diving injuries. However, divers who have tried to go this route soon discover that it is not easy to work with a medical aid when trying to organise an emergency evacuation for a diving injury. That is simply not the time to discover that your medical aid is not able to assist you in getting the most appropriate treatment or advice. Their convenient 0800 toll-free number doesn’t work in Zanzibar and even in South Africa, working your way through a multi-prompt menu from a cell phone is not what you need in a crisis. Also, getting documented authorisations takes time and nearly all private emergency service providers now insist on a written GOP before responding. That is not surprising given that most aeromedical evacuations in Africa come in at R200 000 or more and even evacuations by ambulance approach R20 000 plus when advanced life support services are involved. Evacuations are costly. Recompression, on the other hand, is not that expensive in Africa. In Europe, it may set you back about R100 000, but in South Africa the cost is usually under R20 000 unless multiple treatments are needed. However, if evacuation and hospitalisation are called for, the costs can be very high. 

As a DAN-SA member, all these concerns disappear. One number and you have all the help and cover you need for a diving emergency. The travel and medical benefits are an added bonus, but don’t tear up your medical aid card just yet. So, should a diver have a medical aid or be a DAN-SA member? A diver should be both!

Who is covered on my DAN-SA family membership?

A family membership will offer limited travel-related benefits to the DAN-SA member’s spouse or legal cohabitor and all unmarried dependent children under the age of 18 or under 24 if they are full-time students. Children under 24 have to be enrolled at an accredited school, college or university; should not be employed on a full-time basis and should have the same permanent home address as the main member. Family members must be listed on the membership record in DAN-SA’s database to have access to all of the membership benefits.

Is the DAN-SA membership restricted by geographical location?

DAN-SA is a global organisation. By international agreement, only people who have their principal primary residence in the DAN-SA region may join DAN-SA. The region includes the following countries: South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Zaire, Madagascar, Comoros, Seychelles and Mauritius.

If you live in another country, refer to the international DAN organisations.

Is DAN-SA owned by any of the training agencies?

Absolutely not. DAN-SA is not owned by any training agency, business or individual. It is a public benefit organisation operated entirely for the benefit of the diving public. There are no shareholders and all funds received by DAN-SA are used in support of its mission-related activities.

Are lifetime memberships available?

Lifetime memberships are not available at this time.

How soon can I get coverage and my membership card?

Membership goes into effect as soon as DAN-SA receives payment. You can get immediate coverage by joining online or by calling +27 11 266 4900 and paying by credit card (debit order, Visa, MasterCard or American Express). In case of an injury, you will then be in the DAN-SA database by membership number and by name. Your membership card should arrive between 10 and 14 business days after DAN-SA has received your payment. If required, a faxed or e-mailed proof of membership can be provided.

What is the medical evacuation service listed under Plus and Master memberships?

In addition to the diving benefit and the evacuation assistance benefit of up to R600 000, DAN-SA Plus and Master members also have access to medical evacuation benefits when travelling outside their country of residence. To use this member benefit, contact the DAN-SA emergency hotline (+27 828 10 60 10) before making any evacuation arrangements.

How do I get reimbursed by DAN-SA for evacuation?

DAN-SA membership provides benefits, not insurance. DAN-SA is the owner of a group policy with benefits that are extended to its members. DAN-SA is the insured party and DAN-SA members receive the benefits of DAN-SA’s insurance for services arranged by DAN-SA. To ensure cover for evacuations, call DAN-SA to arrange the evacuation.

How do I use DAN-SA travel assistance services?

To access DAN-SA travel assistance services, call the DAN-SA emergency hotline on +27 828 10 60 10.

Will DAN-SA repatriate me to my home?

There is a fundamental difference in meaning between “repatriation” and “evacuation”. Repatriation means the return to your country and domicile. Evacuation means active removal from a particular place in order to be taken to another. In the context of DAN-SA benefits, an evacuation is performed in order to transport a person with a medical emergency to an appropriate medical facility. Although evacuation may include coincidental repatriation if the closest appropriate medical facility happens to be in the person’s country of residence, formal repatriation is usually reserved for when the emergency is over. DAN-SA membership makes provision for certain repatriation benefits.

Will my address or phone number be sold or made available to “junk mail” or other solicitations?

DAN-SA is committed to protecting your privacy and uses your personal information only to process orders and provide you with the highest level of service. Read more about the DAN-SA Privacy Policy.