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Alert Diver is the dive industry’s leading publication. Featuring DAN’s core content of dive safety, research, education and medical information, each issue is a must-read reference, archived and shared by passionate scuba enthusiasts. In addition, Alert Diver showcases fascinating dive destinations and marine environmental topics through images from the world’s greatest underwater photographers and stories from the most experienced and eloquent dive journalists in the business.

FROM THE SAFETY STOP

FROM THE SAFETY STOP PERSPECTIVES ENGAGING OUR DIVING COMMUNITY By Bill Ziefle Since DAN® was founded in 1980, our purpose has been clear: to provide resources to assist divers in need. Over the years we’ve evolved and developed different approaches to helping divers, and we’ve dedicated considerable effort to researching how to prevent dive accidents. For years DAN medics and researchers have collected and analyzed case reports to identify common factors in dive accidents. This work has been summarized in DAN’s annual dive accident report since 1988. Based on these data, DAN has created educational materials designed specifically to address the most common hazards divers face. Knowing our responsibility did not end there, we then strategized about how best to make these resources available to all divers. Our solution: Get out into the field and share our information with those on the front lines of recreational diving. Much of DAN’s early outreach efforts were directed at medical professionals and first responders. DAN organized workshops and conferences on topics such as decompression sickness (DCS), dive fatalities, flying after diving, DCS management in remote locations, technical diving, nitrox, rebreathers, patent foramen ovales (PFOs) and immersion pulmonary edema (these workshop proceedings can be found at DAN.org/research/ workshops). DAN has given hundreds of seminars, presentations and lectures to recreational divers at dive shows, dive club meetings and other events around the world. We welcome opportunities to share our knowledge and expertise, and we encourage you to contact DAN (DAN.org/email) if you need a speaker for your event. We also recognize the vital roles of dive professionals and dive operators in diver safety. It is critically important to provide these key players with the tools they need for incident prevention and management. We recently set about revitalizing our field representative program. Our field representative based in Durham, N.C., spent months on the road visiting stores and instructors in high-volume areas to meet face to face, discuss their dive-safety-related concerns and provide them with the resources and materials we’ve developed. Starting in California and Florida — California has more divers than any other state, and Florida has the most dive accidents and fatalities — our field rep met with more than 300 dive professionals at more than 200 facilities. We provided our new Health and Diving reference materials to every facility and showed them how to access DAN’s digital resources. Our goal is to build and strengthen alliances through which we can better provide safety messages to new divers. To ensure consistent contact with these key players, DAN hired additional field representatives who live and work in the areas where the most diving takes place. Having DAN staff in the field who are attending local events, giving presentations and advocating dive safety will help us achieve our goal of reducing the number of dive accidents and fatalities each year. We believe our physical presence in these vital areas can enhance the entire community’s safety awareness. DAN Research recently developed a series of presentations for the largest two-day recreational diving event in the world: Florida’s spiny lobster sport season (“mini-season”). Thousands of divers participate in this event each July, and, on average, two die every year. Our presentations cover the relative risks of diving during mini-season, compare lobster hunters with nonhunters and highlight important factors hunters should consider. DAN staff gave presentations throughout southern Florida in an attempt to reduce incidents and continue our engagement with the community. We know there’s no better way to connect with people than meeting them where they are, face to face. Through our community-engagement efforts, we will continue to promote safe diving, improving the sport for every diver. For more information on DAN events in your area, visit DAN.org/Events. AD 10 | SUMMER 2016

Engage Smarter With DAN Educational Resources Your Go-To Resource for Dive Safety Information We believe a smarter diver is a safer diver, so we want to arm you with the information needed to stay safe both in and out of the water. Available online and in print, DAN’s Educational Resources address topics relevant to the new and experienced diver. Engage smarter, and join DAN in the goal of making every dive accident-free. n Health & Diving Reference Library n Online Incident Reporting and Case Summaries n Medical FAQs and Information Line n Social Media Channels n Webinars, Safety Quizzes and Online Seminars DAN.org

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