"No matter how careful divers are, there is always a risk of decompression illness. The local hospital in our remote Magical Munda paradise is not fully equipped to deal with DCI and being evacuated by air at least as far as Honiara, where there is a volunteer-run recompression chamber, can be expensive! For your peace of mind and ours, we cannot recommend strongly enough that you have insurance which specifically covers you for diving and for air evacuation in the event of an emergency. Our requirement is that divers take out Divers Alert Network membership and insurance, or check their travel policy very carefully. Dive Munda is a proud Super Supporter of DAN Asia-Pacific and we cannot run our dive business safely and effectively in this remote location without DAN Asia-Pacific as our partner." Belinda Botha, Operations Director & SSI IT, Dive Munda

The DAN AP Diving Emergency Service (DES) Hotline

Toll Free 1800 088 200 (within Australia)

User Pays +61-8-8212 9242 (outside Australia)

DAN currently fully funds the Diving Emergency Service (DES) Hotline.

The DES is a 24-hour diving emergency hotline based at the Hyperbaric Unit at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Adelaide, South Australia. It is available to all divers throughout the world. The DES doctors provide this service on a voluntary basis and DAN Asia-Pacific funds the toll free phone number.

How a call to the Diving Emergency Service (DES) in Australia is handled.

The DES is not part of DAN; it is an independent entity. However, DAN utilises the services of the DES doctors and fully funds the operation of the DES phone.

A call to the DES first comes into the control room of the ambulance service in South Australia. It is answered by a qualified ambulance officer who takes relevant details and passes the call through to the on-call DES doctor. The caller is normally able to speak directly with a hyperbaric doctor within 2 to 5 minutes of calling. The DES currently handles some 500 calls per year, from all over the world.

Calls to DES from within Australia are toll free (call 1800 088 200).  However, calls from outside Australia (+61-8-8212 9242) are user pays.

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