As a member, DAN-SA recommends that you notify the DAN-SA hotline service of your travel plans prior to departure. A travel notification is to ensure that DAN-SA knows when members travel abroad or locally and to add this note on our emergency management system. With the information provided DAN-SA would be able to be prepared for potential evacuation procedures and to advise you on the availability of appropriate treatment facilities where you will be diving. As a DAN-SA member you are welcome to request emergency plans for specific dive sites from the DAN-SA hotline via email ([email protected]
) or by calling the DAN-SA office on 011 266 4900. This is not to be confused with your own on-the-ground emergency plan. The DAN-SA emergency plan is to provide members with a realistic expectation regarding the availability of emergency services and the challenges regarding evacuation procedures.
As an extreme diver, DAN-SA requires that divers submit an emergency plan (first aid equipment; initial stabilization; access to emergency vehicles or aircrafts; nearest recompression facility; nearest accident & emergency department; nearest ICU; etc.), dive trip details (depth; time; gas mixtures; etc.), dive equipment that will be used (open circuit; rebreathers; oxygen decompression; shot-line or buoy-line; etc.) and the details of the divers participating in diving activities when diving beyond 100 meters. The intent is not to critique dive plans or to “police” divers in anyway. Rather, it is to partner with divers who are willing to plan such dives meticulously. In this way, problems may be avoided as far as possible but, even if they were to occur, the first aid by the divers and emergency response by DAN-SA can complement each other so as to be both expedient and appropriate. We also inform the hyperbaric facilities capable of treating extreme diving injuries to be on standby and have the necessary gas mixes available in the event of a diving injury. The dive plans also need to be approved by the DAN-SA medical director to ensure that all the DAN-SA benefits remain intact when divers dive beyond the 100-meter depth.