Divers Alert Network (DAN) is a Section 21 not-for-profit medical and research organization dedicated to the safety and health of recreational scuba divers and associated with IDAN (International DAN).
Founded in 1980, DAN has served as a lifeline for the scuba industry by operating the only 24-hour diving emergency hotline, a lifesaving service for injured divers. Additionally, DAN operates a diving medical information hotline, conducts vital diving medical research, and develops and provides a number of first-aid and continuing education programs for everyone from beginning divers to medical professionals.
DAN is supported by the largest association of recreational divers in the world through membership dues and donations. In return, members receive a number of important benefits including emergency medical evacuation assistance, DAN educational publications, a subscription to Alert Diver magazine, and access to diving's first and foremost diving accident insurance coverage.
DAN-SA was founded in 1996. From its humble beginning, with less than 1000 members, DAN-SA now has nearly 9000 members; its own offices; seven Board members; two company directors, a medical director and a team of six part-time hotline diving medical practitioners supporting the DAN hotline, and four full time staff members.