We often start our Scuba diving adventure with a romantic view of the ocean, there is an appeal there that few of us get to enjoy, but as we advanced our knowledge so we learn the dangers associated with Scuba diving. As a non-profit organisation DAN wishes to reassure you, we are here purely for you, the diver. Your membership fees are affordable as you will have come to know but also you would have received a fantastic service from DAN one way or another.
DAN courses are here to allow you to be competent when diving, allowing you to improve your diving skills as well has having this knowledge can save a life of a loved one, friend or even your own. Knowledge truly is power, and we can not deny that there is a real chance that any diver can have a diving injury; allow us to dispel some of the hesitations you may have had about DAN courses:
Feeling ripped off?
There are often costs involved that we never accounted for, eventually leaving us feeling a bit ripped off, leaving us sceptical about spending money on courses we perhaps deem unneeded. The DAN courses are affordable and don’t take up a lot of your time. Isn’t that reassuring? Knowing that you could save a life for little money and time.
I Practice Safe Diving, so it won’t happen to me.
Whilst we will always support safe diving practice, unfortunately there are often occurrences that are out of our control, or perhaps we push the limits without giving it a second thought.
Do you dive on a computer? Let’s face it without one our deep diving time is limited and we want to enjoy as much of the dive as we can, but computers are set at Navy dive tables, are you fit enough to be considered a Navy diver? Most of us are not. How about the quantities of deep dives you have done during your trip? As we have learnt the more diving we do the higher the risk. Do you or have you done more than two dives a day? How about double tanks? Are you using Nitrox?
What about something as simple as surge at a safety stop? You suddenly find yourself fluctuation between 3 and 8 meters for example? This is completely out of our control; however our biggest pressure changes occur between 1 and 5 meters putting us at risk.
Are you dehydrated? Did you have a few drinks the previous night? Perhaps where you are diving the temperature is higher than normal, sitting on a boat with a wetsuit on can dehydrate you which as we know can also bring on DCS.
DAN often gets calls from divers who practice safe diving; however this never eliminates the risk of diving injuries, and to allow ourselves to travel to a remote location with that in mind surely has to bring to reality the importance of knowledge.
I feel dive leaders should have this knowledge
The truth is that as a certified diver we are responsible for ourselves, and while dive leaders certainly should have knowledge so should we as divers, we are simply reckless in passing the responsibility to other divers. Let’s say the dive leader is knowledgeable in diving first aid, what happens when one person’s panic affects numerous divers? How can we expect one person to control 3 or more divers with a problem? What happens when all the divers on that dive end up with diving injuries due to the incident? Or what if it is your buddy, or family member? Do you really want to trust that a Dive leader has this knowledge? What if they don’t? or if they do, wouldn’t you want to know that your loved one or friend, possibly even yourself are receiving the correct treatment?
I have done first aid, so why take a DAN course?
That is what makes us special, our courses are unique as they are designed around diving injuries. Due to most diving being done in remote locations there was a genuine need for diving first aid. While we as DAN pride ourselves on our service in an emergency situation, often remote locations make it difficult to reach a diver in need, Mozambique for example we need to cross borders or get permission where the first aid training can be implemented in these situations to assist a diver over valuable time. Immediate treatment can improve symptoms or even eliminate them completely, isn’t that a powerful thought.
Just basic knowledge:
We often associate symptoms like joint pain with DCS, but what about the other signs and symptoms? Do you know what to look out for? It could be you or even a family member presenting these symptoms and being aware of them can get that person treatment in time, even if the symptoms don’t seem serious, this as we have learnt is often the cause.
Certainly food for thought, isn’t it? DAN is here for you, these courses are there to save lives. To find out more about how to improve your diving skills with DAN Training visit our website: www.dansa.org and use our instructor search to find a well versed instructor near you.
The DAN SA team.