Since 1993, DAN's Recompression Chamber Assistance Program (RCAP) has assisted recompression chambers to ensure that safe, quality care will be available for divers experiencing symptoms of Decompression Illness, commonly known as "the bends." For 20 years, this program has focused on smaller, independently operated facilities in popular dive destinations around the world for the benefit of the entire diving community.
Your tax-deductible donation will support chambers in need of operational assessments, essential training for chamber operators and attendants, equipment evaluations and replacements for worn components.
Please join us on our mission of making diving safer for all divers.
Bill Ziefle, President and CEO
Divers Alert Network
OUR APPROACH TO CHAMBER SAFETY
The goal of RCAP is to assist recompression chambers through operational assessments, essential training for chamber operators and attendants, equipment evaluations and by providing replacements for worn components to improve their ability to treat injured divers. Utilizing a four-step process has consistently improved the operations and safety of over 150 recompression chambers worldwide.
A thorough review is conducted to assess the chamber's functionality, intrinsic safety, operating procedures and level of staff training.
A detailed Risk Assessment Report is compiled with specific recommendations for the chamber.
The chamber staff is trained and advised of best practices and treatments based upon findings from the on-site evaluation.
To ensure adherence, the DAN team routinely communicates with on-site operations team and the chamber activities are continually monitored.
TRAINING MAKES A MEASUREABLE DIFFERENCE
The training we provide to Chamber Attendants (CHATS) and Chamber Operators (CHOPS), through RCAP, has proven to dramatically improve safety and reduce the risks associated with running a chamber facility. This translates to a greater number of chambers worldwide that effectively treat divers. In fact, chambers that provided for formal staff training have a risk assessment score twice as favorable as chambers without a trained staff.
RCAP FAST FACTS
Common risk factors that contribute to a chamber's safety score
On-site chamber assessments conducted by DAN's staff or doctors and scientists
Percent improvement in safety for chambers implementing DAN's recommendations
Average cost to travel to and assess a remote chamber, and train staff
WHAT YOUR DONATION SUPPORTS
Your donation funds the training provided by DAN’s RCAP team of engineers, support staff and medical doctors.
Many chambers are located in remote areas of the world and the cost of a visit is significant. Your donation enables the RCAP team to attend to the chambers in need.
Part of your donation subsidizes up-grades for worn chamber parts, equipment and accessories.
Bill Ziefle, President and CEO of Divers Alert Network, and Francois Burman, Director of Diving and Hyperbaric Operations Safety, explain the history, mission and impact of DAN’s Recompression Chamber Assistance Program which was started in 1993 to help divers around the world.