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DAN Europe: Medications and Fitness to Dive

Our medical staff often receive questions on whether diving while taking a particular medication is safe. Even though there is not a straightforward answer...

DAN Europe: How To Disinfect Your Dive Gear

Michael Menduno offers up some sage advice on methods of cleaning and disinfecting your dive gear With the COVID-19 pandemic easing and people slowly returning...

DAN Europe: Breathing and Buoyancy Control

Audrey Cudel focuses her attention on breathing and buoyancy control and stresses the importance of a weight check when you first enter the water. For...
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Why doesn't DAN share chamber locations?

For this video, Editorial Director Mark Evans partners up with the team from Divers Alert Network to look at recompression facilities, or more specifically,...

Divers invited to participate in COVID-19 survey

A qualified doctor and GP trainee who is busy with her Master's Degree at the University of Plymouth is calling for assistance from divers...

DAN Europe: House of Cards, part one

Foundational Diving Skills In the first of a five-part series for Divers Alert Network (DAN) Europe, Audrey Cudel asks ‘are you missing any of your...

Fit Diver: Activation and Workout

Cristian Pellegrini of DAN Europe looks at the ultimate fitness workout programme for divers

DAN Europe: Your Diving Support Network

As Michael Menduno reveals, it’s a lot more than just insurance!

Protect Your Ass(ets) with DAN Europe – Part 2

Concluding his two-part feature, Michael Menduno discusses putting DAN Europe’s ‘Pro’ Liability Insurance to work for you
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5 ways to avoid getting DCS

Following these simple steps from @DiversAlertNetwork can help reduce your risk of getting decompression sickness, commonly known as the bends or DCS. Subscribe to the...

DAN to unveil new courses and safety resources at DEMA Show

Divers Alert Network (DAN) will be showcasing several new first aid courses and dive safety resources at DEMA Show 2021 - Version 3.0 of...
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Scuba diving and medication

The @DiversAlertNetwork doctors have been looking at the risks of scuba diving while taking medication. He's everything you need to consider before getting in...
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What's in your cylinder?

Unless you have your own scuba cylinder compressor, you probably don't know for sure what is in your dive tank. Bad air fills have...
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Would you know what to do in a scuba emergency?

Whether a seasoned Rescue Diver or just your average holiday scuba enthusiast, every diver should be able to at least keep a basic record...
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Diving with diabetes

Scuba Diver Editor-in-Chief Mark Evans presents the latest information on diving with diabetes from the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN). Don't forget to subscribe...
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DAN enhances Return to Diving Guide with video

Divers Alert Network has enhanced its popular Return To Diving guide with the launch of a video in support of the program. Available at...
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Headaches and Diving

The @DiversAlertNetwork team of doctors are back with advice about headaches and scuba diving. For more help and advice, contact DAN directly. We have been working...

Important of Gas Management 101

The DAN World team discuss the importance of gas management, and offer some advice on ways to maximise your dive time. It’s almost impossible to...
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Ear Anatomy, Care and Equalization

Ears are complex and incredible organs that do so much more than pick up sound. They enable orientation in space, everyday physical activities and...

DAN Blog – Decompression Sickness

This month the DAN Blog focuses on Decompression Sickness One hour after diving, the room started spinning… A DAN member experiences severe dizziness, tingling and impaired balance...

Scuba Diving Emergencies DCI, dehydration or a cardiac event

Scuba Diving Emergencies DAN Column DCI, dehydration or a cardiac event  While on a diving holiday in Papua New Guinea, a diver experienced symptoms that could...

Neurological DCS Bubbles on the Brain

Bubbles on the brain how to tell if your buddy has neurological DCS Would you recognise if your buddy was experiencing neurological DCS? Learn to...

DAN Europe goes ‘cardless'

Divers Alert Network Europe (DAN Europe) has announced that it is going 'cardless' to be more environmentally friendly. No longer will members be sent a...

Protect Your Ass(ets) with DAN Europe

Michael Menduno discusses putting DAN Europe’s ‘Pro’ Liability Insurance to work for you. With diving season now underway in most areas, despite a slow start...

Are you covered? Considerations on diving insurance

Everything you wanted to know about diving insurance but were too busy diving to ask. Alert Diver.eu contributing editor Michael Menduno asks ‘are you covered...

Diving with diabetes: Guidelines and latest research

Cristian Pellegrini looks at diving and diabetes, and reviews the latest research and guidelines for those suffering from the disease. For many years, the medical...

Divers Alert Network: Limit your risk and prepare for a safe return to diving

Once restrictions are lifted, divers will be eager to get back in the water doing what they love, and they will certainly want to...

COVID-19 – changing behaviours, not mindset

DAN Europe President and founder Alessandro Marroni addressed the current COVID-19 crisis in a message that went out to all DAN members In these difficult...

What Happens If You Fly After Diving

Symptoms return after flying: Did the diver fly too soon? Divers Alert Network looks at a case where a diver was evacuated for recompression but...

10 Things About Decompression Illness (DCI)

DAN WORLD - 10 Things You Might Not Know About Decompression Illness (DCI) Remember that the term decompression illness (DCI) includes both decompression sickness (DCS) resulting...

Diving in the Era of COVID-19

The following article is written by my friend, Dr. Douglas Ebersole, who in addition to being a cardiologist, is also a TDI and INATD...

DAN’s Quick Guide To Disinfect a Dive Gear

DAN brings you "A Quick Guide To Properly Disinfecting Dive Gear" In light of the recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), questions have arisen...

Watch your fingers – and wedding ring – when you go diving!

Wearing a wedding ring is clearly a statement, yes, but, ladies and gentlemen, do you really need to wear a ring while scuba diving?...

The anatomy of an emergency evacuation

Consider this scenario for emergency evacuation An experienced diver and his partner choose a dive destination they don’t consider remote so in the event of...

Pulmonary Barotrauma in Bonaire Dive

About the Bonaire Diver On a recent trip to Bonaire with his dive club, Rick (a pseudonym) was completing his fourth dive of the day,...

PFO or Patent Foramen Ovale and Diving

Petar Denoble looks at PFOs, or Patent Foramen Ovale, and how they can affect divers In June 2015, in Montreal, Canada, the Undersea and Hyperbaric...

Distracted while Diving

Peter Buzzacott looks at a case where a female diver ran into difficulties after getting distracted while diving. The Diver The diver was a 48-year-old woman...

Mauritius – an adventure of survival

Patrizia Vecchio recounts a salutary tale about a drift dive in Mauritius that goes horribly wrong and leaves her and her buddies adrift on...

An unexpected earplug: Incident insights #8

The Diver The diver was a 58-year-old man with approximately 150-lifetime dives. He had hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone levels) for which he took levothyroxine daily....

Dengue Fever: Incident insights #7

The Diver The diver was a 49-year-old female with over 200-lifetime dives. She had no known medical history, and didn't take any medications regularly and...

How to deal with an octopus bite: Incident insights #6

Payal Razdan looks at a case where a female diver has received an octopus bite as she tried to return it to the water...

Diver Medic launches Diving Emergency Medical Responder course

The Diver Medic is excited to announce the new EFR Instructor Authored Programme called Diving Emergency Medical Responder (DEMR) Course. The purpose of the...

How to correctly transport a scuba tank

Since 11 September, tighter flying regulations exist. Still, terrorist attacks occur, like the Russian airplane crash above northern Sinai a few years ago. Smuggling...

Sudden hearing loss causes scare for diver

November 2015, Italy. Gabriel**, an experienced Spanish diving instructor in his 40s, travelled to Italy with his friends by car. He is enjoying his...

Can you dive with epilepsy?

Divers who have epilepsy should consider all the factors of their condition before going underwater, as a seizure while diving can have serious implications...

DAN Europe: Assessing Basic Vital Signs

Assessing vital signs (‘vitals’) is a key component of good first aid. It consists of taking a series of simple measurements that provide data...

DAN Europe: Good Fortune After Bad

  The Diver A 40-year-old male did four rebreather dives one day from a liveaboard near Socorro Island. Maximum depths of the dives ranged from 35m...

Divers Alert Network: Europe

Many divers know these three letters - DAN. The acronym stands for ‘Divers Alert Network’, and its European branch, founded in 1983 by Prof...

Is it safe to scuba dive if you suffer from ME?

Q: Hi there, I am an avid diver and I have been diagnosed with ME. As little is known about ME I need to...

Can you dive after using Sudafed?

Q: I have just returned from a trip to Mexico, where one of our group had some sinus congestion at the beginning of the...

Can you dive with childhood asthma?

Q: My ten-year old daughter Lucy has asthma, which she’s had since birth. In her first few winters it was quite severe and she...

Can you go hang-gliding after a dive?

Q: I’ve been diving for 30-odd years and was a smoker until five years ago (I’m now 48). Unfortunately I think I left giving...

Can orbital floor fractures and eye floaters stop you from diving?

Q: I have suffered an orbital floor fracture whilst playing rugby. My doctor has instructed me not to blow my nose due to subcutaneous...

Can you scuba dive after gastric band surgery?

Q: I had weight loss surgery a few years ago. The procedure I had was called gastric bypass. Ironically I sold my dive gear...

Is it safe to scuba dive if you suffer from panic attacks?

Q: I’ve been stationed out in Vietnam with work for a year, and while here I’ve been enjoying all the natural pursuits the country...

Can you scuba dive after giving blood or while taking beta blockers?

Q: I am a regular blood donor and was wondering whether you could see any reasons I can’t dive? I really want to try...

Can you still scuba dive when on medication for atrial fibrillation?

Q: Hello. I have been diving for 57 years, and I am an advanced diver and ex-instructor. I was recently diagnosed with atrial flutter...

Can you be too old to scuba dive?

Q: While holidaying with my daughter and grandchildren in the Maldives I was given the opportunity to dive. I had only ever snorkelled previously...

Can You Scuba Dive After Suffering From a Collapsed Lung?

Question Over 22 years ago, when I was 19, I had a spontaneous bilateral pneumothorax. This was not related to any illness or defect, it...

Is it safe to scuba dive with dyspraxia?

Q: I have always wanted to try diving but have a condition called developmental co-ordination disorder (often known as dyspraxia). Apparently, I have had...

Can you scuba dive after a stroke?

Q: My father is an ex-military diver, he is now 68 years old, but has kept up recreational diving for many years since he...

Can sciatica, bulging neck discs or hypermobility stop you from diving?

Q: Having had painful joints, muscles and nerves for years, I have just been diagnosed with hypermobility (Ehlers-Danlos) syndrome. I also have bulging discs...

Can you scuba dive with a false front tooth?

Q: I am off travelling and have done a lot of diving but my girlfriend has a fake tooth which is attached to the...

Which anti-malarials are the best to take when diving?

Q: I’m using these shoddy economic times and my recent redundancy as a good excuse to live out one of my dreams and travel...

Is it safe to scuba dive while taking antidepressants?

Q: There seems to be a big variation in opinion on whether it’s safe to scuba dive while taking antidepressant medication. I have a...

Can you dive with keratoconus?

Approved Medical Examiner of Divers Dr Oliver Firth answers your medical questions - this time he advises on whether thinning corneas (keratoconus) can stop...

How soon can you dive after getting a tattoo?

Dr Oliver Firth has gained considerable experience in the field of diving and hyperbaric medicine since joining LDC in 2006. He is an Approved...

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