LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESS │A GOOD READ
When diving, it is essential to prevent the loss of consciousness underwater at all costs. Learn what causes to look out for in order to manage and minimise the risk of incapacitation.
Humans are not designed for living underwater. Diving is, and remains, a very unnatural activity. The only way to engage in, and return safely from, prolonged submersion is by learning and following certain procedures and by mastering the use of relatively complex equipment. All this requires mental alertness and agility in order to adapt to a hostile, alien environment; the physical ability to react quickly and appropriately to potentially life-threatening emergencies; and training to guide the process by means of over-rehearsed procedures and effective patterns of action.
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DAN-SA members share their stories: "MEMBER STORIES:
I “chose” a really bad time of the year to pick up any kind of a diving related injury. The date was 23 December 2014, to be exact.
I had completed a series of multi-day cave dives at Komati Springs. About 30 minutes after exiting the water I experienced vertigo that had gotten so bad that I could not walk or function in any meaningful way. Luckily, Musasa Ndaba (Elliot) was on hand. He fetched my oxygen cylinder, got me onto oxygen and drove me back to the dive centre where André and Don Shirley (owners) took over. Don immediately carried out a neuro exam and checked my dive computers whilst André called the DAN-SA Hotline. The decision was to transport me to the Milpark Hyperbaric Unit. During the trip there, multiple contact was made between the DAN-SA Hotline and André with regard to my status and ETA. We were met by Etienne Oosthuizen, who was on standby for the Milpark Hyperbaric Facility. In the chamber, Etienne ran a modified Table 6 protocol in consultation with Dr Botha who runs the facility and Colonel Bedford of the IAM Unit. Over the next couple of days (and remember that this was during the festive season where South Africa basically shuts down), DAN-SA and the Shirleys were in constant contact. The final diagnosis was inner ear barotrauma and not DCS. This took many weeks to resolve completely and during this time, I continued to receive regular follow-up calls from the DAN- SA Hotline and Don Shirley, who offered much appreciated advice. I returned to recreational diving after about six weeks, instructing after about three months and technical diving after six months with no further complications. Many thanks to Musasa, André and Don, Etienne and DAN-SA for your support during this time." #divesafety#joinDAN#danmemberstories#dansouthernafrica#diversalertnetwork#divesafe
Introducing our very own DAN-SA Giant Stride!
The new divers' guide to safe diving. Whether you’re a newly certified diver or still in training, it’s never too early to commit to being a safe and responsible diver.
Perhaps you’ve practiced – and surely you know about – the “giant stride” method of entering the water from a stable platform, such as a dock or large boat. As you continue to take “giant strides” in your mastery of diving, consider this guide your “stable platform” – an introduction to key concepts and an ongoing resource to hone your skills.