ALERT DIVER By DAN Asia-Pa­cific

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A comment we some­times hear, par­tic­u­larly at dive shows, is that “DAN is just an in­sur­ance com­pany”. This as­sess­ment is not cor­rect, as it fails to fac­tor in the many and var­ied con­tri­bu­tions DAN makes within the div­ing com­mu­nity that are the driv­ing forces for our ex­is­tence.

Un­like our com­peti­tors who are sim­ply for-profit in­sur­ance sellers,

DAN is a non-profit div­ing safety or­gan­i­sa­tion. Our mis­sion is “to be the most recog­nised and trusted or­gan­i­sa­tion world­wide in the fields of diver safety and emer­gency ser­vices, health, re­search and ed­u­ca­tion of its mem­bers, in­struc­tors, sup­port­ers and the recre­ational div­ing com­mu­nity at large”.

To raise rev­enue to en­able DAN to fund this mis­sion, we of­fer divers Mem­ber­ship and Dive In­jury

Treat­ment cover.

The pri­mary role of DAN is to make div­ing safer. As a team, we strive to achieve this through:

• pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tion to our mem­bers and the div­ing com­mu­nity at large; pro­vid­ing ac­ci­dent man­age­ment (oxy­gen and first aid) train­ing; • con­duct­ing re­search into div­ing-re­lated is­sues; and pro­vid­ing emer­gency sup­port, and fol­low-up, to mem­bers in the event of a div­ing ac­ci­dent.

As part of DAN Asia-Pa­cific’s ed­u­ca­tion role, we will launch two ma­jor safety cam­paigns in 2018, com­menc­ing with our air qual­ity (Safety Is in the

Air) cam­paign. We en­cour­age you to stay con­nected with DAN AP via our so­cial me­dia chan­nels as much of the cam­paign in­for­ma­tion will be shared on­line via our Face­book page (search “DAN Asia Pa­cific”) and via our blog (www.danin­sider.org). In­for­ma­tion will also be shared on our web­site,

www.danap.org, within the

“Div­ing Safety” sec­tion.

We will also rein­vig­o­rate some past cam­paigns that are still rel­e­vant to all divers, in an ef­fort to re­duce the num­ber of div­ing ac­ci­dents and in­juries. DAN AP’s safety cam­paigns were all ini­ti­ated fol­low­ing a need that was iden­ti­fied through re­search projects, or through case man­age­ment of div­ing ac­ci­dents.

We would love to see a world where div­ing ac­ci­dents were non-ex­is­tent and dive-re­lated cov­er­age was not needed; but un­til that hap­pens, DAN will con­tinue to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tion and in­for­ma­tion to divers to try and re­duce in­ci­dents, whilst also pro­vid­ing cov­er­age for those who find them­selves in need of as­sis­tance.

DAN is not just an in­sur­ance com­pany. We are so much more than that. We are your div­ing safety or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Dive safely, Scott Jamieson, Gen­eral Man­ager DAN Asia-Pa­cific

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