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DAN Launches Spring Fundraising Campaign

DAN is dedicating its spring campaign to raising funds in support of the next generation of dive safety leaders.

Celebrating its 100th research intern in 2018, the DAN Research Internship Program provides education and experiences that encourage young people to take up careers in dive-related fields and scientific endeavors while supporting DAN’s research efforts.

“Keeping divers safe is a long-term commitment — one to which DAN owes its very existence,” said Bill Ziefle, DAN President and CEO. “Recreational scuba diving is fun and exciting, and when done responsibly, it’s very safe. We the members of the recreational scuba industry have worked hard to make it that way. But we can’t sit back and say our job is done; we must continue to be vigilant. Funding research internships and promoting careers in dive research and medicine are a few of the ways DAN is working to ensure the future of dive safety.”

Research has always been integral to DAN’s mission, and it’s supported by membership dues, research grants and donations. The DAN Research Internship Program welcomed its first intern in 1999, and for the past 20 years it has helped an additional 99 research interns hone their expertise in dive safety. Over the years these interns have contributed to some of the industry’s most important safety guidelines in areas such areas as flying after diving, the effects of aging on diver health, breath-hold diving safety, the role of bubbles in DCS and more.

However, such research comes with costs. Since its inception, DAN has reinvested $1 million in its internship programs, and more funds are needed to ensure dive safety research continues to advance safety in diving.

Former intern Brittany Trout completed her internship in 2013 under Petar Denoble, M.D., D.Sc., DAN’s Vice President of Mission. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health, Trout was interested in continuing her education and was exploring options to merge her passion for public health with her interest in dive medicine. During her internship she worked to maintain DAN’s fatality database and studied the reproducibility of non-invasive tests of divers’ autonomic nervous systems. About the internship, Trout said, “The opportunity to learn from and work alongside such accomplished researchers in as an intern with DAN was the opportunity of a lifetime.”

DAN is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible and go directly toward housing, travel and research expenses for the interns. For more information or to donate, go to DAN.org/GIVE.