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​Diving Safety Partner

​Being a DAN DSP means that in a diving medical emergency, you and your staff are 100% ready and fully equipped to handle the situation. Any recreational dive business that meets our safety requirements can become a DAN DSP. In fact, your business may already meet our requirements! If you need help in reviewing your safety plan, feel free to contact us. For DAN Industy Partners, registration is free of charge; for other businesses, there is a small administrative fee of R350.
Once you have become a DAN DSP and reached the highest level of the programme, you will have access to the Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA) programme. This component of the DAN DSP programme is aimed at actively preventing dive injuries.
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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 Please note that the DAN administrative office is closed on weekends and public holidays.

​Diving Safety Partner FAQ's

What does it cost to participate in this programme?

​Your first step is to read this guide carefully. If you are a DAN-SA Industry Partner, it will not cost you a cent. Non-DAN-SA Industry Partners pay a once-only administrative fee of R350.

Which resorts, live-aboards and charter boats are eligible?

Recreational resorts that provide accommodations and other hospitality services proximate to recreational dive sites; recreational dive charter boat operations that provide on-water transportation to and from dive sites via
a licensed, commercial vessel, including a hired crew as part of its regular service; and recreational dive live-aboard vessel operations that provide on-water transportation to and from dive sites via a licensed, commercial
vessel designed for overnight accommodations, including a hired crew as part of its regular service, are all eligible.

What are the programme’s eligibility requirements?

​Your staff must be familiar with your EAP and your Diving Injury and Lost Diver Prevention Plan. You must follow safe diving practices and therefore advise divers to perform safety stops during their briefing and advise them
on the lost diver procedures and diver recall procedures. You must also have readily-available, appropriate emergency medical oxygen and a first aid kit on every dive boat.

​What if my resort, live-aboard or charter boat does not achieve the required levels of preparedness?

​What if my resort, live-aboard or charter boat does not achieve the required levels of preparedness?

​I would like DAN-SA to visit my resort to help train my staff and develop a proper EAP. Is this possible?

​DAN-SA will help provide initial training, on request, to help you meet the requirements. Complimentary advice is also readily available and hands-on assistance is available at cost on a staff-availability basis.

​Given that every resort and charter boat can qualify as a Diving Safety Partner participant, what is the advantage of being a DAN-SA Industry Partner?

​As a DAN-SA Industry Partner who is also a DAN-SA DSP, you will receive added promotion of your business. The DAN-SA DSP participants will be recognised as such in the DAN-SA Industry Partner listing in each issue of the DAN-SA newsletter and on DAN-SA’s website ( In addition, your business will be mentioned by name in media advertising. You will also receive all the regular DAN-SA Industry Partner benefits. Again, as a DAN-SA Industry Partner, the R350 DSP administrative fee is waived!

How do I apply to become a DAN-SA Diving Safety Partner?

​You can either send your application form, participant agreement (with the R350 administrative fee if applicable), EAP and Diving Injury and Lost Diver Prevention Plan via post, email or fax to DAN-SA or you can fill in the online application form at

​How will DAN-SA verify that applicants achieve the DSP levels of preparedness and enforce the programme?

​DAN-SA relies on the integrity of the participating DSPs to ensure that the documentation they provide reflects the actual status of their facilities. DAN-SA will follow up any complaints or reports of non-compliance by diving operations through a quality assurance programme.

All relevant documentation should also be available upon request and DANSA may perform impromptu visits by DAN-SA staff to verify the authenticity of their records. Dive operators should also realise that they may face a risk of liability if they wrongly promote their business as a DAN-SA DSP.

​HIRA Goals & Objectives

  • ​To initiate and then grow participation by all diving service providers.
  • To provide risk and safety awareness education to all participants.
  • To offer risk mitigation and control education courses based on actual operational aspects.
  • To have an accident and incident monitoring program in place to continually assess the status of progress towards the vision.

​Typical Risk Areas

  • Ladders and stairs
  • Entries and exits, emergency escape routes
  • Boat propellers and boat operations
  • Slippery surfacesLifting of heavy equipment
  • Noise-induced hearing loss
  • Compressors, gas quality, cylinder filling, cleanliness
  • Briefing of staff and divers, keeping control of divers in the water
  • Avoiding DCI
  • Safety in diver and staff training courses
  • Risk of fires and/or explosionsLinks with medical facilities and personnel
​There is no charge to become a DAN DSP or HIRA participant.