Founded in 1983, Divers Alert Network is the diving industry’s largest association dedicated to scuba diving safety. DAN’s mission is to help divers in need of medical emergency assistance and to promote dive safety through research, education, products and diving services. Research is an integral part of DAN’s mission and is supported by membership dues and research grants. For decades, DAN Research has conducted valuable studies on topics of safety and interest to divers. DAN researchers have investigated surface intervals for divers who plan to fly after diving, the effects of aging on dive health, the medical advisability of diving with insulin-requiring diabetes, as well as well as general dive safety. DAN is one of the pioneers in MCS and initiated field data collection as early as 1993. The initial project Safe Dive soon evolved into the Diving Safety.
Education is also a key element of the DAN Mission by educating the diving public and the medical profession on the appropriate care for divers injured in dive accidents. This education takes on many forms, disseminating information on topics related to dive safety through articles, reports, seminars, lectures and training programs.