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FROM THE SAFETY STOP

FROM THE SAFETY STOP PERSPECTIVES Safety as a Collaborative Effort By Bill Ziefle Participation in dive research has consistently provided DAN® with opportunities to discover and better understand dive incidents and has thus helped us design more effective prevention strategies. But information alone does not effect change; what we learn must be shared, and what’s shared must be put into practice. Education is the key to better preparation, and that saves lives. Over the past few years DAN has significantly increased the number of health and safety resources we’ve made available to the dive community, and we’ve updated both our printed and digital safety materials to make them more accessible and easier to understand. The information DAN offers is strategically segmented and presented in formats applicable to every diver, from the new open-water student to the veteran instructor with decades of experience, and from the warm-water sport diver to those who explore the deepest caves. Our objective is to extend our reach — we believe that to have the greatest impact on safety, education must happen at every level. As divers we are responsible for learning new health and safety practices and periodically refreshing our skills. This is an investment that will help each of us better prepare for whatever type of diving we intend to do. Continuing education provides opportunities to reassess personal strengths and limitations, enhance watermanship and update the knowledge on which we base our critical thinking. DAN.org, Alert Diver, Ask a Medic and other DAN resources give you the tools to evaluate and confirm readiness before every dive — a very worthwhile exercise in risk management. The cooperative relationship DAN enjoys with dive training agencies is a boon to the dive community. The training agencies are on the front lines, working directly with divers to educate them about physics, physiology, equipment, rescue techniques and emergency management. DAN’s relationship with these organizations is symbiotic; for example, training agencies provide divers with in-water practice responding to emergencies under the watchful eye of dive professionals. DAN case summaries complement this training by safely exposing both the diver and the dive professional to a variety of reallife emergency situations from which to learn. In concert this experience and knowledge stimulate critical thinking and improve readiness. Such collaboration is apparent in the relationships DAN has built with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) and the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI). We have worked closely with PADI to disseminate DAN content through their online newsletters, printed materials and social “DAN has significantly increased the number of health and safety resources we’ve made available to the dive community, and we’ve updated both our printed and digital safety materials to make them more accessible and easier to understand.” media channels. They also distribute our dive-safety messages directly to their professional members. A new joint initiative by DAN and NAUI will offer DAN’s firstaid training programs and an online instructor-upgrade program to NAUI divers and dive professionals. NAUI will also work with DAN to disseminate our health and safety resources. Discussions with other training agencies are in progress, and DAN looks forward to alliances with all who wish to promote safer diving. Allying with like-minded organizations to share our information not only directly benefits divers, it also establishes a solid network for communication. As dive research and education continue to evolve, we look forward to enhanced partnerships with stakeholders within and outside the dive industry. Our collective experiences create an incredible resource that we are committed to sharing. AD 10 | WINTER 2016

Respond Smarter With DAN First Aid Training Programs An Educated Diver Is a Safer Diver Whether you find yourself on the scene of an accident or witnessing a health-related emergency, chances are you will be involved in a crisis situation at some point in your life. Developed by medical experts, DAN’s first-aid courses will make sure you are prepared to help. Respond smarter, and explore our course offerings. n Basic Life Support: CPR and First Aid n First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries n Neurological Assessment n Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries n Diving Emergency Management Provider DAN.org/TRAINING

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