Divers abandoned at dive sites have made significant headlines over the past two years, from the U.S mainland to Australia. Frequently this happens when dive boat operators merely take head counts of divers after their dives.
DAN President and CEO Peter B. Bennett, Ph.D., D.Sc., calls these incidents both serious and unnecessarily risky. "Head counts are not enough," Bennett said. "Leaving one diver behind in the water is one too many."
DAN now invites dive enthusiasts to join the following special efforts aimed at making diving from boats safer for divers:
Created in 1998, the C.B.I.D. System helps prevent abandoned or lost divers
Here's how it works:
Each tag bears the diving vessel's name and phone number, DAN logo and DAN Diving Emergency Hotline telephone number. For more information about the new options for the C.B.I.D. System, call DAN +1-684-2948, or 1-800-446-2671, c/o program coordinators Cindi Courter, ext. 446 and/or Cindi Easterling, ext. 610.