is a very safe recreational activity.
We train, we learn, we practice. We
begin with shallower, less stressful
dives and work our way up to the more
advanced diving skills. We take every
precaution, yet sometimes accidents
still occur. It may or may not be by
any fault of our own. It may have been
caused by a mistake, a lesser skilled
dive buddy, or because of diving physics
which we have yet to gain an understanding
of. For whatever reason, the accident
took place. Are you prepared if the
Divers Alert Network, or DAN as most
of us know it, is a diving safety organization
that addresses our concerns about accidents
and dive safety. And before you say,
"I'm a good diver and will never
have an accident and need the services
of DAN" , think again. Whether
or not we ever need DAN because of an
accident, DAN is always working to help
make our sport safer for all. The "Member
Services" listed below explains
what DAN has to offer every diver and
why the small annual membership fee
is the best investment you will ever
make as a diver.
1. Help in diving emergencies: (919) 684-8111
DAN is a vital organization in the diving
community, devoted to helping injured
divers. The medical emergency hotline
is your lifeline to help in the event
of a diving-related injury. Without your
support of DAN, emergency medical support
for divers would not exist.
2. Alert Diver Magazine.
You can't get divings leading dive safety
publication unless you are a DAN member.
Alert Diver keeps you up to date bimonthly
on the latest diving research as well
as provides special information you can
use to make your next dive safer and more
3. DAN TravelAssist
air evacuation benefits.
As a DAN member you are enrolled automatically
in the TravelAssist medical evacuation
program. It's your access to evacuation
in a medical emergency when you trave
more than 100 miles from home. (subject
to terms and conditions)
4. DAN's Medical Information Line: (919)
When you have questions about your health
and how it might affect your diving, you
can call DAN's Medical Information Line.
Whether it's to find a diving doctor in
your immediate area, or to find out about
diving after surgery, the Medical Information
Line is there to serve you.
5. DAN medical research.
DAN is a leading organization in the the
dive industry, conducting research into
diving physiology. Programs like the Flying
after Diving studies, and Project Dive
Safety, supported almost entirely from
member dues and contributions, are revealing
important information that help to make
our recreation safer.
6. DAN dive accident insurance.
As a DAN member, you can purchase DAN
Dive Accident Insurance, the most comprehensive
available to divers. This insurance gives
you the help you need with the medical
bills incurred if you have a diving-related
7. Promotion and exploration of diving
DAN is recognized as the first source
of information when it comes to safe,
enjoyable diving. DAN assists dive professionals
by providing information on the use of
emergency oxygen and communicates with
the insurance industry on issues affecting
your life insurance premiums.
8. Support of the DAN Recompression Chamber
Your member dollars help support the network
of hyperbaric facilities worldwide. Your
support helps provide ongoing education
in the operation of these much-needed
facilities in the Caribbean and around
9. Safety seminars and educational materials.
DAN diving safety seminars and clinics
are held on a regular basis throughout
North America. DAN's educational materials
provide unique insights into diving accidents.
Also, DAN sponsors clinics for medical
professionals to help them understand
the unique needs of divers like you.
10. DAN oxygen first aid program.
Oxygen is the key to successful treatment
of a scuba diving injury. DAN pioneered
an oxygen first aid course for recreational
divers in 1991. As a member, you can keep
abreast of when and where the courses
11. The DAN Dive and Travel Medical Guide.
With extensive of diving safety and health
issues and the latest information on dive
travel safety, the updated DAN Dive &
Travel Medical Guide is an essential tool
for prevention, identification and treatment
of diving injuries.
12. DAN Tag (TM), rental car discounts,
DAN/MBNA MasterCard and more.
DAN members are eligible to purchase the
DAN Tag, the only medical ID tag licensed
by DAN. As a DAN member, you are eligible
for rental car discounts with Alamo and
Hertz. You also can apply for the DAN/MBNA
MasterCard, pay no annual fee and get
a low introductory rate the first year.
Proceeds from the DAN Tag, car rentals
and credit card go to support important
DAN medical research.