Health & Diving Resources

Compiled from years of research and data analysis, these materials provide valuable information on topics critical to diver health and safety and address common issues encountered by new and experienced divers. The smart guides provide top-level and vital information on popular diving health and safety issues. The guides offer themed topics with universal appeal ranging from "How to Beat the Squeeze" and "Equalise like a Pro" to "Ways to Run out of Air and How Not To". These essential resources are available to you as tools to help you enhance diving safety in the community.

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Smart Guides to Safe Diving

Quick reference guides to health and safety issues most relevant to divers.

Health Information Library

A dive into general fitness and medically-related topics that most commonly affect divers.

The DAN Hotline

The DAN hotline is available 24/7/365 to divers in need whether they have a diving medical emergency or simply have a medical question. This indispensable lifeline exists because of the support of our members. Call 0800 020 111 from inside South Africa or +27 828 10 60 10 from outside South Africa.

DAN Medical Research

With studies such as Flying after Diving, Doppler Bubble Research and Project Dive Safety DAN is actively contributing to increasing dive safety and leading the industry in diving physiology research.

Alert Diver Magazine

Alert Diver is a quaterly publication dedicated to bringing DAN members the newest in medical research, DAN’s activities and dive safety.

Safety Seminars & Educational Materials

DAN's educational materials provide unique insights into prevention and management of diving accidents.

Emergency Evacuation Benefits

As a DAN-SA member, you are entitled to the benefits of our emergency medical programme. This includes evacuation in a medical emergency when you travel more than 100 km from home or when you are on a dive trip. In addition, the benefit extends to include non-diving, emergency medical expenses when you are travelling outside your country of permanent, registered residence for a maximum period of three months (Plus and Master members only).

DAN Family Support

DAN Family Support provides an immediate R15 000 to R25 000 payout to the nominated next of kin on notification of the dive-related death of an active DAN member, subject to the terms and conditions listed in the DAN Membership Handbook.

DAN Chamber Assistance Programme

A network of hyperbaric facilities worldwide is supported by DAN and its membership fees. With DAN’s assistance, hyperbaric facilities are improved to provide the best possible service to injured divers.

DAN Assists Dive Professionals

DAN assists dive professionals in areas of particular interest, including the provision of emergency oxygen. 

Diver IDentification System

The Diver IDentification System (DIDS) monitors up to 24 divers at the same time, ensuring that everyone returns safely. No diver will ever be left behind! Contact the DAN Industry Partner team about how you can start using the DIDS on 011 266 4900 or send an email to [email protected]

Smart Membership Guides

DAN is your dive safety association. Join more than 6000 of your fellow scuba divers who have already decided to become members. DAN offers a variety of membership options so that every diver’s needs are fully catered for. The following are DAN’s main membership options.

How To Manage Diving Problems

This e-book was adapted from the How to Manage Diving Problems pocket guide and put into electronic format to be readily available on your electronic device. It is an e-book that is intended to be as much a part of a diver’s kit as a mask or a wetsuit, always at hand when needed.

COVID-19 | diving activities | 10 safety recommendations

The document 10 Recommendations aims at providing useful indications on risk mitigation that diving operators will be able to adopt when National, Regional or local Authorities will officially allow the reopening of diving activities. It includes ● Answers to the most frequently asked questions
● Template of Public Notice for Customers ● Practical tips on protective masks and gloves.

The document might be subject to changes and updates. In this regard, we intend to listen to the community: dive operators, dive centres managers, and all those who want to contribute with their knowledge and insights.

More water less bubbles

Dehydration occurs when your body loses more fluid than is taken in, and this can lead to medical problems that should be avoided.

how to avoid Diving Mistakes

Learn safety guidelines. Become conscientious and responsible divers. Prepare smarter so we can enjoy our dives.