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The most important pre-travel precautions are vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis. For more information on vaccinations you can contact any locally based travel clinic in your area, or for the Johannesburg Travel Clinic: +27 11 214 9030.
For more information on the malaria prophylaxis guidelines, see our FAQ section.
This is important not only for the travelling party of divers, but also for their non-diving family, relatives or friends that may be accompanying them on the holiday.
Emergency Assistance Plan:
You may also consider stocking a first aid kit to take with on the trip, as well as a DAN Oxygen Unit for emergencies, and assign the responsibility to a person in the group that has undergone the necessary training to administer first aid and oxygen. You can email:
or contact the DAN Medic during office hours 0800 020 111 (SA Locally) +27 82 810 6010 Outside SA) to request information such as what evacuation and emergency services are available in the area where you will be diving, as well as what time delays to expect before emergency services can arrive on the scene, especially in remote locations. This will help you with your Emergency Assistance Plan.