"No matter how careful divers are, there is always a risk of decompression illness. The local hospital in our remote Magical Munda paradise is not fully equipped to deal with DCI and being evacuated by air at least as far as Honiara, where there is a volunteer-run recompression chamber, can be expensive! For your peace of mind and ours, we cannot recommend strongly enough that you have insurance which specifically covers you for diving and for air evacuation in the event of an emergency. Our requirement is that divers take out Divers Alert Network membership and insurance, or check their travel policy very carefully. Dive Munda is a proud Super Supporter of DAN Asia-Pacific and we cannot run our dive business safely and effectively in this remote location without DAN Asia-Pacific as our partner." Belinda Botha, Operations Director & SSI IT, Dive Munda

History of the Divers Alert Network

DAN is a unique organisation dedicated to safety, education and research in the scuba diving community.

DAN was founded in 1980 at Duke University Medical Centre in the United States with a 24-hour Emergency Hotline. This Hotline assisted in the treatment of underwater diving accidents by providing information to injured divers and the medical personnel who cared for them.

To fund its ongoing existence, DAN established a membership program, initially providing subscribers with a diving accident manual and regular newsletter, Alert Diver, which dealt with various issues of diving safety.

As DAN grew, it expanded its operations to provide a free evacuation service to Members, diving injury treatment insurance as well as a variety of other services, including a highly effective and successful oxygen provision program designed specifically for divers. Another important function of DAN became the collation and analysis of data on diving accidents and fatalities to improve the understanding of the causes of such accidents and to develop better treatment methods.

Today, the Divers Alert Network relies on Membership and Supporters within the dive industry and product sales to fund the provision of the high level of service the dive community has become accustomed to receiving.

The work of the Divers Alert Network is strongly supported within the recreational diving community and this is evident by Membership numbers, which presently exceed 300,000 divers worldwide.