Posts with the category “dive-safety-tips”

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Equipment Maintenance
October 3rd, 2019
Equipment failures can happen anywhere, especially if we neglect to understand the potential for failure. Routinely servicing your equipment will help keep your business thriving by ensuring the safet...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Fire Safety In the Dive Industry: Part 1
October 3rd, 2019
While prevention is key, being aware, prepared, trained and equipped will ensure the best possible outcome in a fire. Do not try to be brave; if you are unsure, untrained or responsible for others, ev...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Fire Safety in the Dive Industry: Part 2
October 3rd, 2019
Preventing fires is paramount, but we need to be prepared to deal with fire emergencies when they occur....  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Emergency Planning: Practicing the Plan
October 3rd, 2019
Your team needs to understand the situation and be able to prioritize actions when faced with emergencies. While risk will always be present, improved knowledge, understanding and preparedness remain ...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Emergency Planning: What Makes a Good Plan?
October 3rd, 2019
Focus on the major risks — those that will have the biggest impact on the operation and that may cause injuries, fatalities or major loss to property. ...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Protect your Environment
September 30th, 2019
Dive businesses, professionals, divers and the broader dive community should be aware of the harm their activities could cause. Pollution, damage, invasion by non-endemic life-forms, removal of protec...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Piston or diaphragm: Does it matter?
September 26th, 2019
The most important factor in a properly working regulator is not what you use but how you use it. Personal preference can guide your purchasing decision; modern regulators from a quality manufacturer ...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Nine factors that play a major role in a scuba diver’s dehydration
July 15th, 2019
Since blood is partially responsible for the transportation of nutrients and for gas exchange, thickened blood will affect the off-gassing of nitrogen and increase the risk of developing DCS....  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Emergency Underwater Oxygen Recompression
May 27th, 2019
Emergency underwater oxygen decompression is a procedure for remote areas only as is to be used in extreme cases where there is no decompression chamber available and only if divers are appropriately...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Your Dive Computer: Tips and tricks - PART 2
May 25th, 2019
Dive computers are wonderful at carrying out programmed mathematical computations, but they are blind to the many insights you may have before, during and between your dives. For example, your dive co...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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The Social Responsibility of Recreational SCUBA Diving - Part 2
February 3rd, 2017
​​​When pondering on an issue that affects the psychological character of man, I find the following excerpt from motor vehicle driving research undertaken, summing up human behaviour, as follows:   “I...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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The Social Responsibility of Recreational SCUBA Diving - Part 1
January 27th, 2017
​This thread started in response to comments received on Loss of Consciousness Underwater, and concerns that divers with undeclared medical problems are jeopardizing the safety of others. I truly app...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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How Good Is Your Emergency Plan
August 7th, 2016
​DAN is regularly contacted by divers seeking information for their Emergency Action/Assistance Plan (EAP). Generally the information is a collection of phone numbers and contact information. Based on...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Dive Fatality & Lobster Mini-Season Statistics
June 10th, 2016
By Divers Alert Network On average, Lobster Mini-Season results in two dive fatalities. This infographic shows you what you need to know to avoid becoming one of the numbers. ​Read more >......  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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How ocean pollution affects humans
June 10th, 2016
POLLUTION HAS PUT OUR OCEANS AT THE BRINK OF DISASTEREvery year more than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into the ocean, but how does that affect humans and what can we do to stop this behaviour?...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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7 Things we did not know about the ocean
June 3rd, 2016
Yes, I suppose many of us may be wondering what the ocean is still hiding from us. Or perhaps we are so preoccupied with life that we don't really think about it until we read about it or see it on te...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Newsflash! Low Pressure Hose Deterioration
June 2nd, 2016
Crystallized nylon-hose interiors can cause regulator failures. Polymorphic crystallization inside hoses has recently emerged as a hazard divers should be aware of....  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Humanoid Robotic Diver
May 17th, 2016
From time immortal there was always a sense of wonder, and in a way dreaming, of a robot diver (avatar) that is impervious to depth, to explore the deep seas.​Click on this link to see the newest robo...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Petting sharks - a good idea?
May 17th, 2016
What do you think about this?​​http://www.viralnova.com/shark-petting/I recently saw this newsclip and, being a diver too, I was intrigued.So, would I go up to a shark and pet it? I don't think so... ...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Can I use my DAN membership to replace my medical aid plan?
April 21st, 2016
Firstly, DAN-SA is not registered as a medical scheme in terms of the Medical Schemes Act. As such. DAN-SA is actually legally prohibited from providing the services of a medical scheme as defined in ...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Speeding & Driving Behaviour
March 10th, 2016
​​“It would appear that the driving hazards and the high accident record are simply one manifestation of a method of living that has been demonstrated in their personal lives. Truly it may be said tha...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Cell Phones While Driving
March 2nd, 2016
One of the most popular ways of keeping contact with your dive buddies whilst on route to a diving destination is via text message, whatsapp or simply by phoning them. Beware that current legislation ...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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DAN - MEDIA WATCH - RESPECT THE SEA
February 18th, 2016
​ The details of the report are posted here (THE FOOTAGE IS QUITE GRAPHIC AND SENSITIVE VIEWERS ARE CAUTIONED) Some of us may remember the fatal attack on Monique Price on 24 June 1990 near Mosselbay....  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Lung Squeeze & DCI in Breath-Hold Diving
February 17th, 2016
​Dr Danilo Cialoni is a medical doctor and champion Breath-hold diver. He is also a leading researcher in Breath-hold diving and Echocardiography.His work with the DAN Europe Foundation has played a s...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Xenophobic Retaliation
April 20th, 2015
​“This is an urgent message to all DAN members that are planning to go on dive trips to Mozambique. Various social media reports indicate that xenophobic attacks are taking place on vehicles that bear...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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DMT Training in South Africa
March 2nd, 2015
​DAN Southern Africa frequently gets requests to offer “DMT”training. The term, DMT stands for Diving Medical Technologist (DMT). Unfortunately, this term is a bit ambiguous and the purpose of this in...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Buddy Systems & the deception of good viz
February 19th, 2015
What's wrong with this picture...? No, not the composition... What is wrong with the divers in the picture...? There doesn't seem to be a Buddy System in place, does there...?This picture was taken in...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Dizziness & Vertigo in Divers
January 14th, 2015
Dizziness and vertigo are common symptoms associated with diving. Some are serious; some aren't.We have recorded a 20 minute presentation that reviews the common causes of dizziness and vertigo and di...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Medication, Drugs & Diving
December 31st, 2014
One of the features that distinguish man from animals is our desire to take medication! Beyond the age of 18, nearly all humans take some or other form of medication, nutritional supplement or mood en...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Malaria - Don't let it kill you!
December 22nd, 2014
​Malaria affects an estimated 200 to 300 million people every year. It also causes 1 to 2 million fatalities – much more than HIV! Divers travelling in Africa or Asia are also far more likely to contr...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Ears & Diving
November 28th, 2014
​Please help us to reduce ear injuries during dive training. Just send this video link to your students and let us know if they did better in the pool! If the video doesn't do the job, we will try to ...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney

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