Since 1997

About DAN

​Divers Alert Network (DAN) is a non-profit organisation and the largest association of scuba divers in the world. It has 6 000 members locally and more than 400000 internationally. The dues from these members are used to fund the organisation.
DAN’s primary and most important mission is dive safety, and every one of DAN’s activities is dedicated to this purpose, from assisting divers in emergency situations to developing and implementing safety projects and programmes and furthering dive medicine and safety research.
As a member you are connected to all these services and offerings from DAN, including 24/7/365 access to a network of specialist doctors to assist you in an emergency or with any diving medical queries you have, DAN’s latest news and research, DAN courses and seminars, emergency medical evacuation assistance and benefits for scuba diving accidents.

DAN Mission

DAN Southern Africa is a Public Benefit Organization. Its primary mission is to provide emergency medical advice and assistance for underwater diving injuries, to work to prevent injuries and to promote dive safety. Secondly, DAN promotes and supports underwater diving research and education particularly as it relates to the improvement of dive safety, medical treatment and first aid. Thirdly, DAN strives to provide the most accurate, up-to-date and unbiased information on dive safety, diving physiology and diving medical issues of common concern to the diving public. DAN is your dive safety association.
DAN strives to make every dive accident- and injury-free. DAN's vision is to be the most recognised and trusted organisation worldwide in the fields of recreational diver safety and emergency services, health, research, and education by its members, instructors, sponsors, and recreational diving community at large.

DAN History

DAN was founded in Durham, North Carolina, USA in 1980. Starting as a single phone on a desk at Duke University providing 24/7 assistance, DAN has expanded globally with independent international offices in America, Europe, Japan, Asia Pacific and Southern Africa. DAN Southern Africa was established in 1996 with less than a thousand members.
Today more than 6000 divers are proud to call themselves members of DAN-SA. With its headoffice in Midrand, DAN-SA is a well-established Public Benefit Organization with an in-house hotline, four full-time staff members, a medical director, a team of seven on-call diving doctors, seven board members, and three company directors. DAN is your dive safety organisation.