Safety 101 Articles

Lionfish Stings

By Jorge Dario Gomez Castillo, M.D.

Emergency Planning: Practicing the Plan

By Francois Burman, Pr. Eng, MSc.

Nitrox Diving Safety

By Peter Buzzacott, Ph.D., MPH

Emergency Planning: What Makes a Good Plan?

By Francois Burman, Pr. Eng, MSc.

Dealing with Disaster

By Reilly Fogarty

Emergency Planning: Why Do We Need It?

By Francois Burman, Pr. Eng, MSc.

Prepare for Safe Dive Travel

By Frances Smith and Jocelyn Joseph

When Things Go Wrong

By Francois Burman, Pr. Eng, MSc.

Emergency action plans
Air Hoses: A Closer Look

By Francois Burman, Pr. Eng, MSc.

Recompression Chamber Safety

By Francois Burman, Pr. Eng, MSc.

DAN promotes safe chamber operations with research, education and training.
Tropical Diseases Quiz

Hand Signals Quiz

Don't get lost in translation.
Ears and Equalization Quiz

Many potential divers have experienced ear pain when diving down in a swimming pool because they did not properly equalize the pressure in their ears. These people are worried that they will experience the same sensation when scuba diving.
DCI Quiz

Test your bubble trouble IQ
Thermal Stress and Diving Quiz

By Neal W. Pollock, Ph.D.

Cardiovascular Risk Factors for Diving Quiz

By Petar Denoble, M.D.

Oxygen First Aid Quiz

Are you prepared?
Dive Safety Myths and Misconceptions Quiz

Storm Safety Quiz

Just as you prepare an emergency action plan for diving, you should also prepare for weather-related incidents.
Are you a safe diver?

Dive Accident Management & DCI Quiz

Are you mentally prepared when a diving accident occurs? Test your knowledge about Decompression Sickness/Illness with this short, ten question quiz.
Neurological Assessment Quiz

Basic Life Support and First Aid Quiz

The American Heart Association states that CPR provided by a bystander immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim's chance of survival. Brain death starts to occur four to six minutes after someone experiences cardiac arrest if no CPR and defibrillation occurs during that time. Test your knowledge in Basic Life Support.
What's Wrong With This Picture?

Test your dive safety awareness by visually reviewing pictures to find out what is wrong.
Hazardous Marine Life First Aid Quiz

Due Diligence for Parents of Young Divers

By Margo Peyton

Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer

By Francois Burman, Pr. Eng, MSc.

Effects of Aspirin on Diving

By Peter Buzzacott, MPH, Ph.D., and Jim Chimiak, M.D.

Experience and Risk

By Karl Shreeves

I’m Taking this Medication … Can I Dive?

By Brian Harper

Hypoxia in Breath-Hold Diving

By Marty McCafferty, EMT-P, DMT

Safe Diving in Fresh Water

By Peter Buzzacott, MPH, Ph.D.

The Social Psychology of Safe Diving

By Jason Martens, Ph.D.

A Culture of Active Risk Management

By Gareth Lock, M.Sc.

Don’t Blame the Dive Operator

By Mike Emmerman

Choosing Safety

By Karl Shreeves

Boat Collision and Propeller Safety

By Brittany Trout

Survive Your Dive

By Petty Officer Henry Dunphy and Lieutenant John Downing

A U.S. Coast Guard perspective
Preventing Breathing-Gas Contamination

By Brittany Trout

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction in Diving

By Maureen Robbs

Rescue of an Unconscious Diver

By Gene Hobbs


By Neal W. Pollock, Ph.D.

Understanding the influence of repeated daily diving on decompression stress
More Than Just Bubbles

By Nicholas Bird, M.D., MMM

Are we too concerned about DCS?

By Shabbar I. Ranapurwala, MPH

Keys to safer diving?
Tips for Better Oxygen Administration

By Lana Sorrell, EMT, and Nick Bird, M.D., MMM

Tips for Safer Boat Diving

By Capt. Joe Thomas

Staying safe from a boat captain's point of view
Beach Diving: Safe Entries and Exits

By Dr. Nick Bird

Beat the Bug Frenzy

By Maureen Halsema

Lobster Diving Safety
The DAN Emergency Hotline Top 10 List

By Maureen Halsema

Tank Safety

By Mark A. Gresham

Care and handling of high-pressure cylinders
Be Prepared

By Dan Orr