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Dive Accident Emergency Management Plan

Diving Accident Emergency Management Plan

A diving accident victim is any person who has been breathing air underwater regardless of depth.  It is essential that emergency procedures are pre-planned and medical treatment is initiated as soon as possible.  It is the responsibility of the “Lead Diver” to develop procedures for such emergencies including evacuation and medical treatment for each dive location.

General Procedures:

Explain the circumstances of the dive incident to the evacuation team, medics and physicians.  Do NOT assume that they understand why 100% Oxygen may be required for the diving accident victim or that recompression treatment may be necessary.

  1. Rescue victim and/or position so the proper procedures may be initiated.
  2. Establish (A)irway, (B)reathing and (C)irculation as required.
  3. Administer 100% oxygen, if appropriate (in cases of Decompression Illness or Near Drowning).
  4. Activate the local EMS for transport to the nearest appropriate medical facility. (the local EMS will vary from site to site – it must be stated in dive plan)
  5. Contact the Diver’s Alert Network, Coast Guard, EMS or UC Travel Assistance Program.
  6. Contact Diving Safety Officer (DSO) and Emergency Contact Person.

Divers Alert Network:

24/7 Diving Emergency (Call local EMS, SIO POC, then DAN!)

  • 1-919-684-9111

DAN Non-Emergency Diving Questions and all other DAN services

  • 1-800-446-2671
  • Available M-F, 9 am - 8 pm EST

University of California Travel Assistance Program:

Within the U.S.A.

  • 1-866-451-7606

Outside the U.S.A. (call collect)

  • 1-202-828-5896