Posts with the category “alert-diver-spring-editions”

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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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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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Images from the Edge
July 13th, 2019
Her path to this unusual niche in the underwater imaging pantheon began as an 11-year-old child in landlocked Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her dad helped her set up her first saltwater aquarium, and she ...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Preventing Breathing-Gas Contamination
July 13th, 2019
Incidents involving bad breathing gasare rare, yet they do occur. Health effects on divers vary depending on the contaminant breathed. Among the most severe symptoms of breathing contaminated gas are ...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Extended dive times at depth
June 13th, 2019
Using enriched air Nitrox (EAN) as a decompression gas starting on the deco stops will add oxygen to your decompression phase and speed up nitrogen elimination...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Crohn's disease and Diving
June 13th, 2019
Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It causes inflammation of your digestive tract, which can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Guidelines for Flying after diving
June 13th, 2019
As more divers fly with symptoms than develop symptoms during or after flight, flying with symptoms may be a greater health problem than symptoms that occur during or after flight. This is an educatio...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Professional Liability: Not just for Pros
June 12th, 2019
DAN® has developed a dive-industry-specific Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA) program that focuses on practical assessment of risks and provision of information and resources to reduce ...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Performance under pressure
June 12th, 2019
For decades divers have found ways to mitigate the effects of pressure on the body without understanding them, but new research helps to explain human performance in challenging environments and provi...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Freediving Safety
June 12th, 2019
Freediving instructors will encourage you to push yourself and perform outside of your comfort levels, but you should never feel pressured into doing something you do not want to do....  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Weight Training for Better Diving
March 28th, 2019
This weight-training program that targets the muscles most used while scubadiving and will allow you to do multiday dives without undue strain or fatigue. ...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Breath Hold Diving: Part 4
February 13th, 2019
In the fourth part of the series on breath-hold diving, dr rob schneider discusses the physiology of breath-hold diving and why it is possible....  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Breath Hold Diving: Part 2
February 13th, 2019
Freediving equipment has gone through decades of refining to produce modern, specialised equipment that offers the freediver the ultimate in safety and performance standards...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Plan for medical emergencies
September 7th, 2018
Reduce your risk. Identify any recommended vaccinations for your destination, and schedule to get them early. ...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Customize Your First-Aid Kit
September 7th, 2018
For most DAN staff, diving is not just a job, it's a passion. A few colleagues shared their recommendations about divers' first-aid needs from their personal experiences....  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Replacing dive computers and BCDs
September 6th, 2018
New technology has improved computer processing power, battery life, sensor sensitivity and display screens....  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Side effects of Rectogesic ointment
September 5th, 2018
Complications such as dizziness or headache during a dive, it could be difficult to differentiate a dive-related illness from the medication's side effects....  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Diagnoses: Pulmonary bleb
September 5th, 2018
Consulting a physician trained in dive medicine that will recognise the inherent danger of breathing compressed gas at increased atmospheric pressures...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Taravana: Fact or Falacy?
May 30th, 2018
The condition, known as “taravana” amongst pearl divers of the Tuamotus (a chain of islands and atolls in French Polynesia), has increasingly become accepted as a unique form of DCI ...  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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First Aid Kits
May 23rd, 2018
A WELL-STOCKED FIRST AID KIT, KEPT IN EASY REACH, IS A NECESSITY FOR EVERY DIVER. LEARN ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT A KIT AND WHAT TO PUT IN IT....  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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THE STORY OF A RASH AFTER A DIVE
May 23rd, 2018
Skin problems in diving can have various causes, including decompression illness. In this article, we look at the different forms of skin bends and what to do when you think you might be affected....  Read More
by DAN Medical Team
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Physical Exercise Before, During & After a Dive
August 25th, 2017
Researches have recently uncovered facts regarding the relationship of exercise with diving. Dr De Kock explains this controversial subject in details. ​As potential risk factor for decompression illn...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Lung Squeeze: Coughing Your Lungs Out
August 25th, 2017
Dr Schneider dives into the particulars of lung squeeze – a largely misunderstood and unknown diving condition affecting breath-hold divers. ​ ​“Lung squeeze” is a condition that is practically unique...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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HIV and the Diver
August 25th, 2017
​Although HIV-positive divers can enjoy the sport, there are potential risks and considerations to take into account.   Human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) is a ...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Medical Concerns and the Ageing Diver
August 24th, 2017
Two concerns burden the older diver: fitness for the intended activity and the likelihood of survival. Put otherwise, am I fit enough to continue with my passion without getting injured, or even dying...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Protecting Our Waters Above and Below
August 24th, 2017
Diving businesses depend heavily on the quality and sustainability of the diving environments they offer their clients: Ecology affects their economy. Therefore, divers and diving businesses all have ...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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E-Cigarettes the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
August 24th, 2017
​Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have taken the world by storm, and vape shops are everywhere to be found. There are over 500 brands of e-cigarettes and 7700 flavours e-juice readily available on...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Can Breath-hold Diving Cause DCI?
August 24th, 2017
​Breath-hold diving (BHD) or freediving is a form of underwater diving that relies on the divers’ ability to hold their breath until resurfacing, rather than on the use of a breathing apparatus such a...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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How to file a claim?
June 5th, 2017
​Your how-to when filing a claim for medical expenses related to a diving injury or a travel-related medical emergency covered under DAN-SA membership benefits.  ​DAN-SA is a public benefit organisati...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Vertigo in the Diving Environment
December 14th, 2016
​Learn about the different types of vertigo that divers experience and how they can be avoided.   Anyone who has ever experienced the feeling of vertigo will surely agree with Bono’s words in the U2 s...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Understanding Alternobaric Vertigo
December 14th, 2016
The unequal equalisation of one’s ears can cause a type of dizziness described as alternobaric vertigo, a common cause of vertigo that occurs in divers.   THE PRESSURE ENVIRONMENT Learning how to equ...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Loss of Consciousness
December 14th, 2016
​When diving, it is essential to prevent the loss of consciousness underwater at all costs. Learn what causes to look out for in order to manage and minimise the risk of incapacitation.   Humans are n...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Air, Nitrox & Fatigue
December 14th, 2016
We investigate the correlation between diving with air or nitrox and the onset of fatigue, especially since divers report feeling less tired after diving with nitrox.   For decades compressed air has ...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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What to Know When Calling the Hotline
December 14th, 2016
​In a diving emergency, divers can count on the 24-hour DAN-SA hotline for prompt and vital information.   The DAN-SA hotline is a 24/7/365 service that is available to everyone, whether you are a DAN...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Diving Safety Officer
December 14th, 2016
NEW SAFETY PROGRAMME LAUNCHED ​​In addition to assisting injured recreational scuba divers, the primary mission of DAN-SA is for every dive to be accident and injury free. To realise this vision, the...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Scuba Air Quality Part 2
August 4th, 2016
In this part, we look at common contamination and the various testing options available to dive operations, filling stations and individual divers. ​In Part 1 on this topic, we discussed the contamin...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Caring For Your Facilities
August 4th, 2016
​The DAN-SA Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment programme promotes a culture of safety at diving businesses. With proper care for your facilities, clients are assured that your business is serio...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Caring For Your People
August 4th, 2016
​The DAN-SA Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment programme promotes a culture of safety at diving businesses. Learn about the importance of caring for your staff members and clients.   In the Aut...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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DAN Legal Network
June 23rd, 2016
​Verse yourself on the important legal topics of medical questionnaires, post-dive and pre-dive logs, and safe travelling to dive sites. The medical enquiryTo quote a seasoned diving professional: “Th...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney
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Legal Matters
June 23rd, 2016
​Despite advances in dive training and equipment technology, scuba diving is not without risks. As such, participants must understand the potential for injury that accompanies all adventure sports – i...  Read More
by Ryan Courtney

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