Social Media Policy


DAN's mission is to help divers in need of medical emergency assistance and to promote dive safety through research, education, products and services. We understand the importance of social media as a way to communicate with our network of divers and help them get the information they need. The following document outlines where you can find DAN online, what you can expect from us and how to engage with us on our social channels to enjoy the best possible experience with DAN — in and out of the water.

Where You Can Find Us

We want to provide you with the information you need, where you want it. This means being able to reach us through all the major social networks which include:

Note: This is the list of official channels. Any other channel that is acting on behalf of DAN is doing so in an unofficial capacity.


Individuals on social media may not represent themselves as acting on behalf of DAN unless authorized to do so. All official communications should come from an authorized communication representative for DAN. Even when acting on behalf of DAN, one should not express his or her own opinions or positions as those of DAN. When using social media in a personal capacity, precautions must be taken to indicate that the activity is being conducted as a private person and not as an employee or spokesperson of DAN.

What to Expect

While we are active on all these networks, our approach to each is very different. To make sure you are getting the information that is most relevant to you, here is what you can expect when you engage with us on each network:

Facebook: Our Facebook page is a valuable platform for DAN Members and supporters to interact and share information, stories and advice. It is the best way for DAN to interact with our members through videos, images, informative articles and polls.

Twitter: Our Twitter feed is the best place to stay up-to-date on DAN news and major events such as workshops and tradeshows. Twitter is also an excellent forum to answer member questions and concerns.

Blog: Our main blog, The Dive Lab, features stories around relevant topics in dive research. This includes addressing what we know, what we don't know and what DAN is currently investigating by detailing ongoing studies and releasing important findings in a timely fashion. Readers can leave comments and questions that are monitored by our blog contributors.

YouTube: DAN's YouTube channel is the best resource for educational dive safety videos from our team of experts. Viewers can leave comments on our videos with questions that will be monitored and answered by our team of experts.

Instagram: Instagram is DAN's best resource to see where DAN staff are diving, share your safe dive adventures, and communicate directly with other DAN members. Tag your photos with #DAN to be featured, or send them directly to us at

We Want to Hear From You

DAN is here to help, and we want to hear from you. We strive to make our social channels feel like a community, so we have a few guidelines to help ensure our users enjoy a positive and educational experience:

  1. Be polite. (even if your views may differ). Frequent and excessive use of name-calling, profanity, discriminatory words, sexual harassment or bullying will not be tolerated. If you engage in any of these behaviors, you will be banned from participating in discussion.

  2. Be relevant. Keep the conversation relevant to the community and add value to the conversations. We reserve the right to remove off-topic, spam or promotional postings.

  3. Be real. All wall postings should come from a real person and profile. Postings from fake or anonymous profiles will be deleted.

Note: DAN is committed to having meaningful conversations with our fans/followers and strives to respond to as many questions and comments as possible.

Privacy Concerns

We will try to answer all questions and concerns to the best of our ability; however, to maintain the privacy of our members, we will generally direct insurance or medical questions that require specific responses offline to ensure compliance with HIPAA and insurance protocols.


DAN does not necessarily agree with or ensure the accuracy of all content posted on our social media networks. DAN is not responsible for the content contained in any linked material (website, article, etc.), any links contained in any linked material, or any changes or updates to such linked material. Nothing posted on social networks should be considered an endorsement (of a website, individual or company); also, following a social account, including an account on a list, or reposting a message does not constitute an endorsement of any kind.

More Information

For more information about DAN and our mission, please visit:

Content Attribution Guidelines

Guidelines for Sharing Divers Alert Network (DAN) Content

PRINT | DAN authored articles, illustrations, infographics and charts

Cite Divers Alert Network® (DAN®) as the source using the following guidelines where appropriate and available:
  1. Title | List the title as it appears in the material.
  2. Author | Name DAN Staff or the DAN author of the material.
  3. Source | Provide the source of the material – URL, hyperlink or other.
  4. License | Note that the material is offered by DAN at no charge.
  5. Copyright | If provided, include copyright information.
  6. Revision | Provide notation if the work was modified.
"Diving and Hepatitis C"1,3 by Jim Chimiak, M.D.,2 on behalf of Divers Alert Network®4,5

DIGITAL | DAN authored articles, case summaries, infographics and charts
  • Open Material:
    • Articles, Case Summaries, Reference Materials: Include the canonical tag to the article so DAN is noted as the original source:
    • Blog Posts: Include the canonical tag to the article so DAN is noted as the original source:
      Example using the Diving and Hepatitis C article:

    • Social: Use the following twitter handle and hashtags when sharing social content across all social platforms @DANGlobalSafety, #DAN and #DiversAlertNetwork.

  • Gated Material (action is required for user to access information): Provide the link to the landing page, not the PDF.
  • Videos: Embed the original video using the provided code.

  • Due to numerous licenses and photographer agreements, images may be shared only with prior written approval from DAN. Please send your request to