Safety 101 Articles

Dive Boat Fire Safety

By Guy Thomas, DMT, and Francois Burman, Pr.Eng., M.Sc.

Hose Failure

By Francois Burman, Pr.Eng., M.Sc.

An unexpected outcome
What Drowning Really Looks Like

By Mario Vittone

Reduce Your Liability Risk

By Francois Burman, Pr.Eng., M.Sc.

Lithium-Ion Battery Safety

By Jean Rydberg

Right of Refusal

By Francois Burman, Pr. Eng, M.Sc.

Diving with Diabetes

By Candace Reno, Ph.D.

Are scuba instructors well-informed?
Protect Our Environment

By Francois Burman, Pr. Eng., M.Sc.

Developing your environmental sustainability plan
Performance Under Pressure

By Reilly Fogarty

Gas density for divers
Equipment Maintenance

By Francois Burman, Pr. Eng, M.Sc.

Avoiding failure at critical times
Timeline of an Emergency Call

By Matias Nochetto, M.D.

Fire Safety in the Dive Industry

By Francois Burman, Pr. Eng., M.Sc.

Part 2: Planning for a fire emergency
Finding Your Fitness

By Josh Benjamin

Fire Safety in the Dive Industry

By Francois Burman, Pr. Eng, MSc.

Prevention is paramount.
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.

Emergency Planning: Why Do We Need It?

By Francois Burman, Pr. Eng, MSc.

Dealing with Disaster

By Reilly Fogarty

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.
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
Tropical Diseases Quiz

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?
Hazardous Marine Life First Aid Quiz

Tips for Better Oxygen Administration

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

What's Wrong With This Picture?

Test your dive safety awareness by visually reviewing pictures to find out what is wrong.
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.
Neurological Assessment Quiz

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