An Introduction to Divers Alert Network
DAN is a unique organisation dedicated to safety, education and research in the scuba diving community.
DAN was founded in 1980 at Duke University Medical Centre in the United States with a 24-hour Emergency Hotline. This Hotline assisted in the treatment of underwater diving accidents by providing information to injured divers and the medical personnel who cared for them.
To fund its ongoing existence, DAN established a membership program, initially providing subscribers with a diving accident manual and regular newsletter, Alert Diver, which dealt with various issues of diving safety.
As DAN grew, it expanded its operations to provide a free evacuation service to Members, diving injury treatment insurance as well as a variety of other services, including a highly effective and successful oxygen provision program designed specifically for divers. Another important function of DAN became the collation and analysis of data on diving accidents and fatalities to improve the understanding of the causes of such accidents and to develop better treatment methods.
Today, the Divers Alert Network relies on membership, supporters within the dive industry and product sales to fund the provision of the high level of service the dive community has become accustomed to receiving.
The work of the Divers Alert Network is strongly supported within the recreational diving community and this is evident by Membership numbers, which presently exceed 300,000 divers worldwide.
DAN Asia-Pacific was established in Australia in 1994 and worked long and hard to enhance dive safety education and accident prevention and management within this Region.
Amongst the services provided here are:
- The provision of a world class Membership Program that includes a valuable range of Travel Assist benefits, Dive Injury (Treatment) Insurance policies to meet the various needs of divers. There is also the Alert Diver magazine to keep recreational divers up-to-date and informed about current dive health and safety issues.
- Provision of funding for 24-Hour Diving Emergency Hotlines throughout the Asia-Pacific region to assist divers in their time of need.
- First aid and oxygen provider training courses for the diving public as well as the workplace and home environments.
- DAN conducts educational seminars in an effort to refresh the safety skills of divers and to disseminate the latest information on diving health and safety
- Promoting dive safety via a variety of educational initiatives, such as the invaluable Diver Below promotion.
- Conducting Research into factors such as repetitive dives, flying after diving, age, and gender, in order to improve the understanding and safety of recreational diving and to facilitate the development of safe dive tables and computers.
- Collecting, analyzing and creating a publication of data on diving accidents and fatalities with a goal of improving the understanding of the causes of such accidents and to develop better treatment methods.
- Providing support to the diving and dive medical community through the Recompression Chamber Assistance Program. For example, providing support for the establishment of recompression facilities in Thailand, PNG, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Chuuck, and others.
- DAN periodically donates oxygen equipment and training to dive locations to improve dive safety within the region.
- DAN Asia-Pacific has established representatives throughout the region in order to improve the availability of treatment and training to both residents and visitors to those countries, e.g. Thailand, Korea and Hong Kong.
- Training the dive industry in accident management and facilitating the availability of first aid equipment and facilities throughout the region.
- DAN works hard to support divers, and without the support of divers, they cannot function. Everything they do is funded through memberships and training revenue. So why not support DAN and diving safety by becoming a DAN Member or Sponsoring DAN today!