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The four existing organisations decided to adopt the common name of DAN.In 1992 Emergency medical evacuation, was added as a member benefit, and DAN was awarded the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society's 1993 saw DAN open an insurance company 'Accident General Insurance'.
The organisation is funded by membership fees, training fees, donations and the sale of branded first aid, safety and promotional products.Regions of coverage include South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zaire, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.DAN South Africa provides emergency hotline for diving and evacuation emergencies.
Specialised medical advice is reserved to active DAN Members.DAN Europe provides insurance cover for members underwritten by International Diving Assurance.Since 1997 the Recompression Chamber Assistance and Partnership Program has been available to provide recompression chambers operators with equipment, training and emergency assistance, to help ensure that they are available, in good condition and safe when needed.DAN Europe provides training and certification for divers professional rescuers and the general public and in aspects of first aid, and trains instructors to provide this training.Region of coverage includes Japan, Japanese islands and related territories, with regional IDAN responsibility for Northeast Asia-Pacific.DAN SA also promotes and supports research and education relating to the improvement of dive safety, medical treatment and first aid, and provides information on dive safety, diving physiology and diving medical issues of common concern to the diving public.
Member services usually include a diving accident hot-line, and diving accident and travel insurance. It is published twice-yearly in paper and digital versions. Divers Alert Network (DAN) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) dive safety organization. Dan Asia Pacific was founded in 1994 under the name DAN Australia by Australian diver, John Lippmann DAN Southern Africa joined the IDAN in 1996 with Frans Cronjé, M.D. DAN has an international network of emergency call centers which operate 24 hours a day to provide members with specialized assistance for diving emergencies from a group of experts in Diving and Hyperbaric MedicineIn 1981, DAN published its "Underwater Diving Accident Manual".In 1983 International Diving Assistance (IDA), later to become DAN Europe, was founded by dr. Alessandro Marroni as a 24-hour per day diving emergency assistance service, set up as a membership organization, with specific insurance benefits since the start.In 1984, federal grant monies were decreased (50 percent in 1982 and then by 25 percent in 1983) and support now comes exclusively from divers and the diving industry.In 1985 DAN started a 'sponsor program' for clubs, stores and corporations,In 1987 the Civil Alert Network (CAN) began assisting diving emergencies in Japan, under the guidance of prof. Yoshihiro Mano of the University of Tokyo Medical School.The need for an international organisation that would be available to all divers, wherever they dived around the world, became increasingly apparent and, during a meeting at DAN Headquarters in Durham, N.C., US, in February 1991, the process to form an International DAN was started. It has status in Australia as a DAN Asia Pacific offers the following membership classes:The Foundation is primarily funded through the membership fees paid annually by individual supporters, and also through contributions by public or private individuals or organisations, through the sale of goods and services related to its statutory activities, and fund raising schemes, subsidies or sponsorships in order to finance specific projects such as medical and scientific research.Region of coverage includes geographical Europe, other countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, the countries on the shores of the Red Sea, the Middle East including the Persian Gulf, the countries on the shores of the Indian Ocean north of the equator and west of (not including) India and Sri Lanka, and their overseas territories, districts and protectorates.DAN Europe provides expert information and advice for the benefit of its members and the diving public, including:DAN Europe provides its members with medical assistance in case of a diving emergency, 24/7 and from anywhere in the world.For non-urgent diving medical information DAN Europe has a number of articles on the website, an FAQ page, and if the information needed was not available from those resources, there is an email form to request information. It has a group insurance policy from AIG South Africa which allows it to extend emergency cover to members for specific diving, travel and medical emergencies. Services to the general public usually include diving medical advice and training in first aid for diving accidents.