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DIVE SLATE DAN EVENTS AND EDUCATION Calendar of Events DIVE SHOWS AND EVENTS Beneath the Sea April 1-3: Secaucus, NJ Join us at Beneath the Sea, where members of DAN’s medical and research teams will present a series of informative and interactive dive safety seminars with a specific focus on incident prevention and management. Come by our booth to pick up our new health and diving educational booklets, guides and slates. Remember to bring your DAN membership card and photo ID to receive $5 off show admission. The Blue Wild April 23-24: Fort Lauderdale, FL Targeting “anyone who loves the ocean world,” this show appeals to water enthusiasts above and below the surface. Visit the DAN booth to learn more about our health and diving materials, as well as specific information regarding dive safety while freediving, spearfishing and underwater hunting. The Blue Wild is held at the Broward County Convention Center and features more than 100 exhibitors. Scuba Show June 4-5: Long Beach, CA More than 300 exhibitors and dozens of seminars will feature the latest in diving equipment, training and travel opportunities and a day of dive safety by DAN experts. Also, stop by the DAN booth to pick up your copy of our latest in health and diving resources, purchase a new oxygen unit or first aid kit, renew your membership or simply say hello. RESEARCH/MEDICAL EVENTS Dive Safety Seminar: “Perspectives on the Eye and Scuba” April 6: Durham, NC We are dependent on eyesight for everyday activities, including the atypical conditions of diving. Vision is altered by the properties of the underwater environment. The eyes can also be affected by high partial pressures of oxygen, decompression stress and barotrauma. In this presentation, Stefanie Martina will discuss issues related to the eye and diving and provide practical recommendations for divers regarding vision correction options and gear considerations. DAN-UHMS Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Course May 7-14: Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands In collaboration with the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), DAN will co-host a six-day program that brings together a diverse and engaging international faculty at Brac Reef Beach Resort to deliver a range of perspectives on dive medicine. While the course is designed for physicians, emergency medical personnel, paramedics, nurses and professionals, as well as instructors, divemasters and nonmedical, diving-related personnel with an interest in dive medicine may also find the course valuable. Event details and registration information are available online at DAN.org/Events. Education Spotlight FIRST AID CURRICULUM UPDATE DAN ® is updating its first-aid course materials to reflect the latest recommendations from the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR). Comprised of experts from the major resuscitation organizations around the world, ILCOR meets twice a year to review evidence-based research regarding cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and emergency cardiovascular care (ECC). The committee typically publishes revised CPR and ECC guidelines every five years and provides resuscitation education recommendations for both lay first-aid providers and health-care professionals. “DAN first-aid courses are regarded by many as the gold standard in diving first aid,” said Patty Seery, DAN director of training, “and to maintain that status in the dive community we must follow the most current guidelines.” The 2015 recommendations incorporate changes in everything from basic first aid to neonatal cardiac care, although the guidelines primarily reemphasize the need for providing quality compressions and minimizing time spent “off the chest” (not performing compressions) during CPR, whether for ventilations or for providing other care. The release of the 2015 guidelines marks the transition to a new publication schedule for ILCOR, which from now on will be continuously updating online materials as new findings become available. “We welcome these changes in evidencebased medicine,” said DAN medical information specialist Scott Smith, “because they help everyone to become better providers — whether they are using first-aid skills or surgical techniques.” New materials are expected to be available in early March. 28 | WINTER 2016

Travel Smarter DIVE SITE REGULATIONS: WHAT TO ASK BEFORE YOU GO Rules vary depending on where you dive. Local dive operators or governing bodies might regulate anything from the gear you use and the hours you dive to the type of diving you do and who can dive with you. An important part of any trip planning should therefore involve researching the sites you plan to visit. Before you go, find out the answers to these questions: Does my training match the dive site’s requirements? Not all dive sites allow open-water recreational divers. In fact, some dive sites, such as cavern- and cave-diving sites, require a high level of training. Make sure you either check online or call the local dive operator to determine certification and training requirements. What equipment is allowed? Some sites require you to bring special equipment such as surface marker buoys or spare air. Other locations prohibit use of certain items such as gloves or spearguns in an effort to protect the marine environment. Learn what is mandatory and what is restricted before you pack. What are the site’s access requirements? Protected dive sites or sites located on or next to private property sometimes require divers to purchase tickets or tags to dive. They also occasionally limit entry to specific locations due to environmental or privacy concerns. Some dive sites even require divers to use a guide employed by a local shop or resort. Gated sites such as quarries often have their own regulations. For example, certain quarries require membership before divers can gain access, and many locations restrict the hours in which you can dive. Don’t show up to a site only to be turned away — do your research first. Good diving etiquette dictates that divers should follow the rules set in place regardless of where in the world they travel. Remember that diving regulations are established to protect your safety or the safety of the marine environment or to ensure compliance with local laws and customs of your travel destination. Just as we learn to respect the inhabitants of the underwater world during our open-water training, we should also respect the regulations set by people who facilitate our entry into that world. ANDY MORRISON ALERTDIVER.COM | 29

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