Since 1997

​Temporary Membership

When diving in the DAN-SA region outside your country of residence. 

5 Days - R 250
10 Days - R 500
15 Days - R 750
20 Days - R 1 000
25 Days - R 1 250

​Applicable to DAN-SA  & Int. divers
When diving internationally outside the DAN-SA region. Note the price difference.

5 Days - R 550
10 Days - R 1 100
15 Days - R 1 650
20 Days - R 2 200
25 Days - R 2 750

​Applicable to DAN-SA  divers
The DAN-SA temporary membership benefit was intended for dive charters seeking something to cover their guests as well as persons going on diving vacations at short notice and not yet convinced of the need for an annual DAN-SA membership package. The maximum cover is restricted to R300 000 and this may indeed not be enough for a diver to be evacuated, treated and returned home in many of the popular diving locations around the world. however, this amount is usually sufficient for someone to be evacuated and treated within Southern Africa, where we can manage the resources and service providers more directly. 

This package is premised on the basis that the excursion membership package is available for diving in areas where there are at least suitable medical facilities, including a recompression chamber facility, or at least where these can be reached realistically. It is not suitable for areas where evacuation is almost impossible and there are no recompression facilities. Please also note that any evacuation to South Africa or the country of residence within Southern Africa implies that all cover ceases on arrival in the country of residence.

These are the countries that fall under the DAN-SA region: South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Zaire, Madagascar, Comores, Seychelles and Mauritius.
​Please be advised that DAN Southern Africa (DAN-SA) is a Non-Profit Company (NPC) under the new Companies Act. DAN-SA’s primary mission is to provide emergency medical advice and assistance for underwater diving injuries, to work to prevent injuries and to promote dive safety. DAN-SA is a membership based company and provides membership benefits, not insurance or medical aid. 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. 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. DAN-SA does not own emergency vehicles (helicopters, ambulances, response vehicle or any other associated emergency vehicles); we rely on third party emergency services and on their availability at the time of an incident. Furthermore DAN-SA does not own hospitals, hyperbaric chambers and we do not legislate diving rules or laws. Kindly download the DAN-SA terms and conditions (T&C’s) to familiarise yourself regarding the DAN-SA service by following this link or you can contact DAN-SA via email at mail@dansa.org or refer to the guides available via the DAN-SA website at www.dansa.org.
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.

How To File a Claim

​Learn how to file a claim for medical expenses related to a diving injury or a travel-related medical emergency covered under DAN-SA membership benefits. 

​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.

​We cater for freedivers

Freedivers have access to the temporary membership benefits. This is limited to recreational freedivers and not competitive freedivers.

Note: ​Free-divers participating in competitions will need to join as Master members and be registered with Pure Apnea or SAFF. In addition, an emergency plan for free-divers 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 fishermen have access to the temporary membership benefits. This is limited to recreational spear fishermen and not competitive 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, do not participate in competitive underwater hunting or breath holding events. 

​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.
​Temporary membership can only be taken for five days or consecutive five days at a time and is applicable to worldwide diving. This is only available to persons diving outside of their country of residence. This includes South Africans diving outside of South Africa and visitors diving in the Southern African region.

​NOTE: DAN-SA cover is referred to as secondary coverage. Wherever possible, DAN-SA will arrange for emergency medical expenses to be covered firstly by any other primary travel or medical insurance(s) you may have, but we ensure that you remain covered for diving emergency medical expenses, often useful where possible shortfalls or policy restrictions may apply.

Temporary Membership FAQ's

What is DAN-SA temporary membership all about?

The DAN-SA temporary membership benefit was intended for dive charters seeking something to cover their guests as well as persons going on diving vacations at short notice and not yet convinced of the need for an annual DAN-SA membership package. The maximum cover is restricted to R300 000 and this may indeed not be enough for a diver to be evacuated, treated and returned home in many of the popular diving locations around the world. However, this amount is usually sufficient for someone to be evacuated and treated within Southern Africa, where we can manage the resources and service providers more directly.

This package is premised on the basis that the excursion membership package is available for diving in areas where there are at least suitable medical facilities, including a recompression chamber facility, or at least where these can be reached realistically. It is not suitable for areas where evacuation is almost impossible and there are no recompression facilities. Please also note that any evacuation to South Africa or the country of residence within Southern Africa implies that all cover ceases on arrival in the country of residence.

These are the countries that fall under the DAN-SA region: South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Zaire, Madagascar, Comores, Seychelles and Mauritius.

How soon can I get coverage?

Membership goes into effect when DAN-SA receives payment.

Can freedivers & spearfishermen who partake in competitions apply for temporary membership?

No, freedivers and spearfishermen who take part in competitions can join as Master members only.

Are there special considerations for spearfishermen?

Spearfishermen should inform DAN-SA of any spearfishing trips prior to departure and avoid hyperventilation prior to diving, which is defined as taking more than four deep breaths prior to diving; bottom times in excess of 90 seconds; depths in excess of 25 m; diving solo; attaching speared or wounded fishes to their bodies via a stringer or similar device; and participating in competitive underwater hunting or breath-holding events.