Smart health and safety for today's world travelers.

trawler boat owners planning a cruise

Boating Safety  |  Jun 15, 2021

Planning Your Next Cruise: 14 Smart & Easy Ways To Get It Right

Before you cast off, plan your cruise carefully with a detailed itinerary and a well-researched destination. You may also want to take an advanced boating class or seminar to fill any gaps in your cruising skills toolbox.

Safe Boating During COVID-19 - Tips for Staying Safe & Healthy

Boating Safety  |  Jun 16, 2020

Safe Boating During COVID-19

Operation Dry Water and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) encourages boaters to take these extra steps to stay safe and healthy during the COVID-19 health pandemic.

female boater wearing life jacket PFD DAN Boater

Boating Safety  |  May 4, 2020

How to Safely Clean and Reuse Your Life Jackets in the Era of COVID-19

It's truly not known how all materials exposed to the coronavirus respond to laundering. But if you must reuse your PFDs, the Life Jacket Association suggests the following precautionary guidance.

Family practices man overboard drills by maneuvering the boat to recover a person in the water

Boating Safety  |  May 2, 2020

Man Overboard! (Now what?!)

What do you do when someone suddenly falls overboard? In this video, families practice their man overboard drills to gain experience maneuvering their boats to safely and quickly recover a person in the water.

26 Free Must-Have Apps for Safer Fun on the Water - DAN Boater

Travel Safety  |  Apr 30, 2020

26 Free Must-Have Apps for Safer Fun on the Water

Whether you're boating, paddling, fishing, or diving, smartphone apps can serve as powerful safety assistants when you're out on the water. Here's a list of top-rated apps to get you started.

aedes aegypti mosquito spread arbovirus

Travel Health  |  Apr 28, 2020

Arboviruses vs. Coronaviruses: What Travelers Need to Know

Coronavirus may be dominating the media but it's important for travelers to remember to guard against arboviruses, as well. Learn more about yellow fever, dengue, chikungunya, and Zika.

COVID-19 DAN Boater Member FAQs

Travel Safety  |  Apr 7, 2020

Coronavirus Information for DAN Boater Members

How does the coronavirus (COVID-19) impact my DAN Boater membership or trip insurance benefits? Get answers to the questions we're hearing most often from our members.

DAN Boater continues to take information and emergency calls from members during coronavirus outbreak

Travel Safety  |  Apr 7, 2020

DAN Boater Remains Committed to Members During COVID-19 Outbreak

With the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, boaters are now managing an entirely new set of risks. And while disruptions remain unpredictable, we are committed to keeping our members safe.

alleviate cramps by stretching the affected muscle

Travel Health  |  Apr 6, 2020

Symptoms at Sea: How to Treat and Prevent Muscle Cramps

Learn what might be causing your muscle cramps, how to prevent them, and how to get some sweet relief the next time they strike.

diving equipment mask snorkel dive gear

Travel Health  |  Apr 5, 2020

How to Properly Disinfect Your Diving Equipment Against COVID-19

With the threat of coronavirus on everyone's minds, divers need to know what precautions they can take against the spread of disease.

900+ products that may help reduce the spread of COVID-19

Travel Health  |  Apr 2, 2020

CBC Releases List of Products That May Help Reduce the Spread of COVID-19

Over 900 antimicrobial products have been pre-approved by the EPA for fighting the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak. Download the most recent list here.

COVID-19 Travel Cancellation Tips

Travel Safety  |  Mar 11, 2020

COVID-19 and Travel: 6 Things to Consider Before Canceling Your Travel Plans

Does coronavirus have you thinking about canceling or delaying your travel plans? Here are 6 tips that may help you make better informed decisions. [infographic]

massive waves of rotting sargassum seaweed choke the beaches of Belize in 2019

Travel Health  |  Mar 2, 2020

Sargassum Toxicity: Here's what you need to know

More than an eyesore, the huge waves of Sargassum choking parts of the Caribbean and South Florida — and the gases it emits as it rots — could be hazardous to your health.

coronavirus disease viral outbreak

Travel Health  |  Jan 25, 2020 [Updated Mar 13, 2020]

About the Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV (COVID-19): Here's what you need to know right now

The COVID-19 outbreak story continues to develop. Learn more about the virus, which countries are most affected, and what you can do to help protect yourself against illness.

female boater calls dan boater for help with a first aid question

Travel Safety  |  Jan 23, 2020

DAN Boater Provides Worldwide Travel Safety Benefits to America’s Boating Club Members

DAN Boater announced today that it has partnered with America’s Boating Club to provide its members with access to DAN Boater's emergency travel health and safety services as part of their ABC membership.

students wear life jackets for safety while taking a sailing course

Boating Safety  |  Jan 21, 2020

Continuing Education...for Boaters? You Better Believe It!

The off-season is the perfect time to boost your boating and safety knowledge. Whether you’re a novice or experienced mariner, this winter's continuing education options for boaters can help sharpen your skills for this spring.

2020 travel safety tips for budget travelers

Travel Safety  |  Jan 12, 2020

Travel Safety 2020: The Definitive Guide for Budget Conscious Travelers

This is NOT just another “top travel tips” post. Instead, you’re going to find some of the best and most authoritative no-cost resources for travelers today.

doctor holding a chalkboard with the phrase leptospirosis

Travel Health  |  Dec 26, 2019

Travelers Beware: Leptospirosis in Humans is on the Rise

If you’re a frequent traveler to tropical areas or enjoy recreational water activities in and around lakes and rivers, you could be at risk for this nasty bacterial infection.

sailboats moored in the bay at St. Lucia island

Destinations  |  Dec 1, 2019

First time cruising St. Lucia? Here’s what you need to know.

Cruising St. Lucia is a sailor's wonderland of great water, lush flora and fauna, a drive-in volcano, and other hidden gems. Find out the best time to go, where to “park”, and what to expect when you get there.

doctor holding a chalkboard with the phrase urinary tract infection uti

Travel Health  |  Nov 18, 2019

Symptoms While Cruising: What to Do When You Have Urinary Troubles

Find answers to frequently asked questions about urinary tract infections, and get pro tips for preventing and managing UTIs while you're traveling.

WATCH: Chesapeake Bay Magazine covers DAN Boater's travel safety membership at the Annapolis Sailboat Show

Travel Safety  |  Nov 13, 2019

CBM Highlights the Benefits of DAN Boater for Domestic and International Travelers [video]

CBM interview highlights an important, but often overlooked, benefit of DAN Boater membership: In addition to assisting with international travel, it helps with domestic travel, as well.

male boater checks the co2 cylinder in his inflatable lifejacket

Boating Safety  |  Nov 11, 2019

How to Maintain Your Inflatable Life Jackets [videos]

Chuck Hawley of US Sailing explains the importance of inspecting inflatable life jackets before every use and demonstrates quick and easy ways to keep them ready for action.

Angler Sean Danielson paddling his kayak

Boating Safety  |  Nov 1, 2019

Kayak Angler Shares Chilling Story of Survival on Chesapeake Bay [video]

Sean Danielson's father always insisted he wear a lifejacket. Years later, that advice would save his life after he suddenly found himself stranded alone in the cold choppy waters of Chesapeake Bay.

male sailor sleeping aft on the yacht

Travel Health  |  Oct 30, 2019

Sopite Syndrome: The Insidious Side of Motion Sickness

Boaters know seasickness. But what about sopite syndrome? Learn about this set of complex symptoms associated with motion sickness and how it may affect your safety while on the water.

eating well lunch at sea on a catamaran sailboat

Boating Safety  |  Oct 28, 2019

Prepping the Pantry: The Cruiser's Guide to Healthy, Sensible Food Planning

Boat inspection, safety equipment, float plan?!? Get tips for creating stress-free food plans that fit your cruising plan without breaking the bank or leaving you hungry.

hospital emergency room doctor with male patient in background

Travel Health  |  Oct 18, 2019

A Look at Boating Injuries From Inside the ER

DAN Boater's 2018 study of boating-related emergency room visits revealed some findings that may surprise you, such as the number of injuries that occurred while the boat was out of the water.

trawler boaters use vhf radio to call mayday

Travel Safety  |  Aug 28, 2019

DAN Boater Announces Partnership with the American Sailing Association

DAN Boater to provide emergency hotline, medical evacuation and repatriation coverage to active American Sailing Association members.

trawler boaters use vhf radio to call mayday

Boating Safety  |  Aug 25, 2019

When to Call a Mayday and How to Do It Properly

Boaters know there are some situations you simply can't handle alone. Knowing when to call a Mayday, and how to do it properly, can not only save your bacon but it will keep you out of trouble with the authorities, as well.

large ocean wave breaking

Member Stories  |  Aug 24, 2019

Diver Severely Injured in Rogue Wave Encounter

Avid diver Jeannine Turgeon shares her harrowing experience with a rogue wave that left her severely injured. Her story is a powerful reminder for all water sports enthusiasts to always have a good emergency action plan in place.

lionfish swimming near coral reef

Travel Health  |  Aug 23, 2019

First Aid for Lionfish Stings

Attempts to eradicate these invasive fish from the Americas have caused a significant rise in the number of puncture injuries. If you're planning to participate in lionfish tournaments this season, here are some tips on avoiding injury and treating the wounds.

young boy gets eardrops for swimmer's ear

Travel Health  |  Aug 5, 2019

Quick Guide to Swimmer's Ear

This guide provides information on the causes and symptoms of swimmer's ear and includes tips for prevention and first aid treatment.

About DAN's BLS: CPR and First Aid Course for Boaters

Boating Safety  |  Aug 3, 2019

Boaters Have a New Option for Learning CPR and First Aid [video]

This course is designed to provide you with the foundational knowledge needed to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and other lifesaving skills.

young boy wearing a life jacket sitting on a sailboat while mom looks on

Boating Safety  |  Aug 2, 2019

Boating with Kids: How to Keep Them Safe (and Happy!)

Whether you’re boating with toddlers, tweens or teenagers, use our 20-point checklist of recommendations from boater safety experts and cruising parents to help you plan the safest, happiest and most memorable family boat trips ever.

portuguese man-of-war neon blue purple tentacles floating dark ocean

Travel Health  |  Aug 2, 2019

First Aid for Portuguese Man-of-War Stings

Despite its resemblance to jellyfish, the Portuguese man-of-war is more closely related to fire corals. Contact with these animals can trigger an extremely painful envenomation process so it's important to know how to avoid contact and to treat the stings.

boating instructor helps family wearing life jackets onto a boat

Boating Safety  |  Jul 3, 2019

New USCG Life Jacket Labels Aim to Help Boaters Choose the Best Option [video]

The US Coast Guard has adopted new labeling intended to clarify the activities a life jacket is designed for and how much life-saving buoyancy it will provide. Watch the new video to learn more.

DAN Boater marine first aid kits for boater emergencies

Boating Safety  |  Jul 3, 2019

Marine First Aid Kits for Every Boat and Cruising Style [video]

DAN Boater's first aid kits enable sailors, cruisers, kayakers and canoers to be prepared in the event of an emergency while on the boat, on the beach, or at the marina.

woman with bandaged leg and foot in the ER

Travel Health  |  Jul 2, 2019

Rare, but Deadly. What You Need to Know About Flesh-Eating Bacterial Infections

With reports of deadly skin infections in the news recently, it's important to understand that these incidents are still rare. However, a new study suggests that cases may be on the rise. Learn the causes, the symptoms, and what to do if you think you've been exposed.

Two smiling kids wearing life jackets enjoy a boat ride

Boating Safety  |  Jun 26, 2019

How to Choose the Best Life Jackets for Your Kids or Grandkids

Learn the most common mistakes parents make when selecting life jackets for their kids and what you need to know to do it right and keep them safe.

ciguatera seafood poisoning undercooked grouper with potatoes and carrots

Travel Health  |  Jun 27, 2019

Ciguatera Poisoning Is No Joke

Endemic to the tropical reef belt, ciguatera is one of the most common types of seafood poisoning in the world. Find out which fish species are known sources, learn the symptoms to watch out for, and get tips on how to prevent and treat it.

Adult life jackets are not appropriate for children

Boating Safety  |  Jun 25, 2019

Top 8 Preventable Life Jacket Fails and What to Do About It

Will your life jacket let you down when you need it most? Learning what to look for, and why it's important, will go a long way toward keeping you and your passengers out of harm's way.

5 Ways to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning on Boats [infographic]

Boating Safety  |  Jun 1, 2019

5 Ways to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning on Boats

What is the best way to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning while boating? Here's an infographic of the sources of CO with tips for reducing exposure to this dangerous gas.

volunteer from Challenged America teaches a marine how to adjust sails on a sailboat

Boating Safety  |  May 30, 2019

Boat Guest Safety: Smart Tips and Expert Advice to Help Keep Everyone Safe

When hosting friends or family on your boat, it is your responsibility to help keep everyone safe. Here are 8 simple tips from charter captains, liveaboards, and boat safety experts who do it every day.

Coast Guard arrests handcuffs boater BUI

Boating Safety  |  May 24, 2019

4 Things You Need To Know About Boating Under The Influence [video]

BUI is illegal in all 50 states, and the laws apply to all boat - power, sail, paddlers and PWCs. Learn how boating amplifies the effects of the alcohol, how the consequences of BUI can affect more than just you, get links to state laws, and more.

The US Coast Guard rescues an injured family after their boat accidentally runs aground.

Boating Safety  |  May 17, 2019

Top 4 Causes of Boating Accidents and How to Prevent Them

Recent data shows that the top 4 causes of boating accidents are operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, and machinery failure. Each of these can be prevented with proper preparation. Here’s how…

female boater suffers from toothache jaw pain

Travel Health  |  Feb 5, 2019

How to Be Prepared for Dental Emergencies at Sea

From toothaches to lost crowns, our 6-step guide for handling dental emergencies at sea provides tips for preventing and managing common dental problems while under way.

Sun sets over the ocean horizon

Travel Safety  |  Feb 4, 2019

DAN Boater Announces Partnership with Voyage Planner Untold Horizon

DAN Boater and professional voyage planner Untold Horizon have partnered to provide DAN Boater medical emergency services to new Untold Horizon members.

US Navy helicopter hovers above a life raft while performing a search and rescue operation

Boating Safety  |  Jan 23, 2019

Rescue at Sea: 20 Things You Can Do Right Now To Be Better Prepared

Here’s how to avoid problems in the first place, with expert advice on getting the help you need as quickly as possible if you find yourself in serious trouble on the water.

boaters in distress call for help on vhf radio

Boating Safety  |  Jan 17, 2019

"Do I need a float plan?" Yes, you do (and here's why).

When boaters ask if they need a float plan, what they're really asking is "Do I want to be found?" and "How quickly do I want help to arrive?"

Sailboat cruising through ice and cold water

Boating Safety  |  Dec 1, 2018

Cold Water Boating? It's Safer When You Do It Smarter

Cold weather boating can be exciting and invigorating, but it also presents risks. Here’s what you should know before casting off in the cold…

Couple navigating the Great Loop via Intracoastal Waterway from the bridge of their trawler

Boating Safety  |  Nov 28, 2018

DAN Boater Announces Support for America's Great Loop Cruisers' Association

We have tremendous appreciation for the care, planning, and responsible seamanship that Loopers put into their cruising, and we look forward to keeping them safe.

Boaters use their VHF radio to report an emergency at the marina

Boating Safety  |  Nov 27, 2018

DAN Boater Joins the National Safe Boating Council

Joining the NSBC as a Patron, the highest tiered membership level available, reflects DAN Boater's commitment to the Council’s goals and visions for safe boating.

DAN Trauma Kit, Rescue Pak and Coast Guard Complete first aid kit

Travel Safety  |  Nov 17, 2018

Announcing: New Line of Marine First Aid Kits Now Available

From kits that treat the basics, to comprehensive solutions for serious emergencies in remote locations, the DAN Boater Travel Store has a first aid kit for every boat and cruising style.

Trouble in Paradise: DAN Boater Medevacs Live-Aboard Sailor

Member Stories  |  Nov 16, 2018

Trouble in Paradise

Liveaboard sailors Gary and Melanie suffered a medical emergency off Great Exuma Island that left them scrambling for help. One call to DAN Boater and help was on the way. Here's what happened...

Chesapeake Bay Magazine interviews DAN Boater - Facebook Live video

Travel Safety  |  Nov 12, 2018

What Does DAN Boater Do? How Does It Work?

Watch our recent interview with Chesapeake Bay Magazine to learn how DAN Boater helps protect travelers every day.

blue, green, yellow iridescent jellyfish

Travel Health  |  Sep 25, 2018

Announcing: New Guide for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries Now Available

Few things ruin a day on the water faster than a brush with prickly coral or a close encounter with venomous sea creatures. Learn what to do when a mishap occurs with our new HMLI guide.

Sailboat sinking in the ocean

Boating Safety  |  Aug 7, 2018

Everything You Need to Pack the Perfect Ditch Bag

When you only have a few seconds to get overboard, a well-stocked ditch bag can suddenly become your lifeline. This handy checklist outlines the emergency essentials every marine ditch kit needs.

Quick Facts about DVT [infographic]

Travel Health  |  Jun 27, 2018

Travel Health Tips for Deep Vein Thrombosis [infographic]

An infographic on Deep Vein Thrombosis: facts, symptoms, treatment and prevention.

tips for reducing your risk of dvt while boating

Travel Health  |  Jun 21, 2018

DVT and Boating: 8 Simple Ways to Minimize Your Risk

Long periods of sitting increase your risk of DVT. When you’re long-term cruising, or flying out for a yacht charter or expedition, use these simple tips to help reduce your chance of developing blood clots.

man wearing kill switch while boating on the lake

Boating Safety  |  Jun 7, 2018

Engine Cut-off Devices Save Lives. Get Connected!

In 2017, there were 172 accidents in which at least one person was struck by a propeller. Learn how using a kill switch can help you prevent these horrific injuries.

FWC officer addresses propeller strike prevention

Boating Safety  |  May 25, 2018

Propeller Strike Prevention: This One Tip Helps Save Lives

Officer Robert Dube of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reminds boaters to take extra precautions against propeller strikes.

Tips for Beating Seasickness (Video)

Travel Health  |  May 24, 2018

How Long Does Seasickness Last?

DAN Boater Medical Director Dr. Jim Chimiak explains how long seasickness typically lasts and offers tips boaters and their guests can use to prevent or minimize the symptoms.

Aerial view of Beacon Island in the Houtman Abrolhos

Destinations  |  Apr 19, 2018

How to Explore and Enjoy Houtman Abrolhos Safely

Looking for an off-the-grid, under-the-radar bucket-list trip? Then look no further than the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, one of the Indian Ocean’s most dazzling jewels.

Read the Trip Planning & Preparedness Guide online

Travel Safety  |  Apr 12, 2018

DAN Boater Releases New Trip Planning and Preparedness Guide

How to Prepare for Safe and Healthy Travel helps travelers understand the risks they face when traveling and provides practical advice about how to manage those issues. Available online and for download in PDF format.

motorcycle riders cruising the seaside

Member Stories  |  Apr 8, 2018

Wrecked in Nova Scotia

After a serious motorcycle crash far from home left Ron and Laurie severely injured, they relied on DAN to transport them back home safely.

DAN Boater COO bitten by barracuda in Caymans

Member Stories  |  Apr 5, 2018


Was it a barracuda attack? A shark? After being bitten during a swim in the Caymans, DAN's COO consulted marine medicine and conservation experts to help him determine what it was.

woman on boat in tropical destination

Travel Safety  |  Mar 27, 2018

You're Never Far From Help When You Travel With DAN Boater

Here's why thousands of members choose DAN Boater for worldwide travel safety protection.

seasick woman experiencing nausea

Travel Health  |  Mar 25, 2018

17 Easy Ways to Beat Seasickness Right Now

For many, seasickness is pure misery. But you don't have to suffer. We asked seasoned skippers, sailors, travel experts and medical professionals how they conquer the symptoms and compiled this handy list to help you get your sea legs.

koli bacteria - multidrug-resistant infection

Travel Health  |  Mar 25, 2018

Warning: This Unseen Threat Can Ruin Your High Seas Adventure

Storms, medical emergencies, and equipment failures are well-known risks to boaters. Less well known is the invisible threat of contracting and unwittingly spreading a multidrug-resistant (MDR) infection while traveling internationally.

sleeping man

Travel Health  |  Mar 4, 2018

The Importance of Sleep While Boating (and How to Do It Safely)

Long-distance boating comes with risks, but succumbing to sleep deprivation doesn’t have to be one of them. Learn the warning signs, and what to do, to master this sea challenge.

Read '4 Common Travel Disorders and How to Manage Them' online

Travel Health  |  Feb 12, 2018

DAN Boater Releases New Guide on Travel-Related Disorders

A travel disorder is a condition that is caused by the process of getting from one place to another. In 4 Common Travel Disorders and How to Manage Them, you'll learn how to prevent and treat four of the most common.

Read 'How to Manage Musculoskeletal Injuries While Traveling' online

Travel Health  |  Feb 9, 2018

DAN Boater Releases New First-Aid Guide for Musculoskeletal Injuries

Boating can be a soothing and relaxing activity, but it can also be a source of body aches and bone and joint injuries. How to Manage Musculoskeletal Injuries While Traveling addresses several different injuries often associated with boating and water sports.

aedes aegypti mosquito

Travel Safety  |  Oct 23, 2017

What Travelers Need To Know About Zika Virus

Travelers, especially pregnant women, need to be aware of the Zika virus that is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. There is no specific treatment for this disease so prevention is critical.

Boy Wonder Robin

Travel Safety  |  Sep 23, 2017

Hero Boy Rescues 5 From Sea in 2 Days

Over 2 days, a heroic 8 year old boy rescued 5 people from a treacherous stretch of coastline in Wales. How did this quick-thinking young lad do it?

DAN Boater Workshop

Travel Safety  |  Sep 22, 2017

Medical Care in Remote Areas: DAN Boater Workshop at Annapolis Sail

Join DAN Boater at the Annapolis Sail Boat Show for a special workshop on dealing with medical emergencies in remote locations.

prescription and drug laws vary by country

Travel Safety  |  Sep 21, 2017

Research The Local Laws Of Your Destination Before Traveling Abroad

Float plans and vessel safety checks are a critical components of a boater's safety preparations. But don't forget to research the laws for your destination -- it's important, too!

sunset and clouds over the ocean

Travel Safety  |  Aug 12, 2017

Research Your Trip

Researching your destination is an important step in travel planning, but where do you begin? Here are some useful resources to help you find out about health hazards, required travel documents, traveler alerts, and more.

a beach in Cuba

Travel Safety  |  Jul 10, 2017

Does DAN Boater Provide Emergency Assistance to Members Traveling to Cuba?

DAN Boater explains how it handles medical emergencies for members traveling to Cuba.

leave the jewelry at home when you go boating

Boating Safety  |  Jul 3, 2017

How to Keep Your Fingers in a Man Overboard Situation

DAN Member loses his finger when his ring catches on a cleat while falling overboard. Learn how it happened and what you can do to prevent it from happening to you.

pop your ears using the Edmonds Maneuver

Travel Health  |  Jun 23, 2017

How To Pop Your Ears: 6 Easy Ways to Do It Safely

Dehydration on a long voyage can affect your ability to pop your ears. Here are 6 equalization techniques you can use to relieve the pressure safely.

divers swimming around the rear of a boat

Boating Safety  |  Jun 28, 2017

Boaters & Divers: How to Avoid Propeller Injuries and Vessel Strikes

Here are 15 simple, but often ignored or overlooked, tips that boaters, divers and swimmers can use to prevent propeller injuries and vessel strikes.

DAN Boater medic take member health questions on the Medical Information line

Travel Safety  |  Jun 6, 2017

DAN Boater Extends Non-Emergency Medical Support Hours

DAN commits extra resources to aid members in need across the globe.

Chesapeake Bay Magazine interviews DAN Boater at Annapolis Sailboat Show

Travel Safety  |  May 2, 2017

Chesapeake Bay Magazine Talks MedEvac with DAN Boater at Annapolis Boat Show

John Stefanceck of Chesapeake Bay Magazine interviewed DAN Boater about its medical evacuation service at the Spring 2017 Annapolis Sailboat Show.

Travel Health  |  Apr 27, 2017

Should I have antibiotics with me in case I get sick in a remote location?

DAN medic answers a member question about obtaining antibiotics before traveling to exotic destinations.

Travel Safety  |  Apr 4, 2017

Why Reliable Communication Methods Are Critical When You Travel

DAN Boater is a key part of a good float plan but as our DAN Medics point out, you shouldn't wait until an emergency arises in the middle of your trip to find out that you can't reach us.

Travel Safety  |  Apr 4, 2017

FAQ: Will DAN Boater cover me when I'm off the boat?

DAN Medic answers a common question about DAN Boater membership: “Does DAN Boater cover me when I'm off the boat?" The answer may surprise you.

New Zealand City of Sails

Destinations  |  Dec 2, 2016

Why New Zealand Is One of the Most Popular (and Safe) Sailing Destinations

New Zealand is one of the most beautiful sailing destinations in the world, and it may be one of the safest places to visit, too.

Travel Safety  |  Nov 22, 2016

Medical Evacuation, Repatriation and Search & Rescue Explained

What’s the difference between medical evacuation and repatriation and search and rescue? What travelers need to know before using these safety services.

yacht cruising the waterway

Travel Safety  |  Nov 16, 2016

New Boater? Here's what you need to know about carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide poisoning currently ranks fifth in the top five known causes of death among boaters. Know the signs and act fast.

boaters enjoy a spectacular view from an Alaskan marina

Destinations  |  Nov 15, 2016

Boating in the Alaskan Frontier

Alaska has more miles of coastline than the rest of the continental United States combined, which makes it the perfect boating location.

a beach in Cuba

Destinations  |  Nov 15, 2016

Sailing the Caribbean: The Best of Bonaire

Home to one of the few Southern Caribbean flamingo breeding sites, this island teams with marine life thanks to it's comprehensive marine preservation activities.

Travel Safety  |  Oct 27, 2016

How to Be Prepared for Medical Emergencies at Sea

Make sure every moment of your boating trip is memorable for the destinations you explore and the people you meet - not the medical emergency that drained your finances.

Larry and Ann-Marie in Guatemala

Member Stories  |  Aug 11, 2016

Emergency MedEvac From Guatemala Has A Happy Ending

A sailor needs emergency medevac (medical evacuation) after suddenly losing consciousness while navigating the Rio Dulce in Guatemala.

stabilize a fractured arm with a magazine and t-shirts

Travel Health  |  Apr 27, 2016

First Aid for Fractures: What to do when you don't have a splint

Stabilizing a fracture is important for several reasons, but what do you do when your first-aid kit has no splints?

fresh raw ground healthy spices

Travel Health  |  Apr 27, 2016

17 Best Herbs, Spices and Condiments for Culinary Creations at Sea

This selection of herbs, spices and condiments, chosen for optimal medical and gastronomic benefit, can help improve your quality of life at sea.

Henry and Debbie continue their world travels aboard the Seven Tenths

Member Stories  |  Feb 15, 2016

Grateful in Grenada

An unexpected twist while exploring rain forest waterfalls in Grenada prompts these DAN members to call for help.

sick boater lying on the bow

Travel Health  |  Jan 28, 2016

Tips for Boaters About Mosquito Borne Diseases

Learn how to identify and avoid mosquito-borne diseases while boating in tropical and subtropical areas.

sashimi tuna on a plate

Travel Health  |  Jan 27, 2016

Paratyphus-B Outbreak Caused By Frozen Tuna

A recent paratyphus-B outbreak was traced to frozen tuna. Learn how to keep your evening ashore enjoying local seafood favorites from turning into trouble at sea the next day.

hydration is key to controlling hyperthermia

Travel Health  |  Nov 19, 2015

Field Management of Hyperthermia

Heat exhaustion (hyperthermia) is the result of a hot environment combined with insufficient hydration. Learn how it happens and what to do if you or a passenger become affected.

hypothermic woman wrapped in a towel shivering

Travel Health  |  Nov 19, 2015

Field Management of Hypothermia

Hypothermia is particularly problematic at sea because of the way it can subtly steal one's ability to think clearly and make good decisions. Learn how to prevent it and what to do if you or a passenger become affected.

drink plenty of fluids to avoid hyperthermia

Travel Health  |  Nov 19, 2015

Field Management of Heat Illness and Hypothermia: Understanding Heat Transfer

To understand how best to approach thermal challenges at sea, a basic knowledge of heat transfer is helpful.

diver with a cold sneezing

Travel Health  |  Nov 19, 2015

Communicable Diseases and Close Quarters

Communicable diseases can be easily passed among people who share confined living spaces such as boats. Here are a few tips for staying health at sea.

pipe pumps waste water onto the beach

Travel Health  |  Nov 19, 2015

Microbial Hazards of the Sea

The hazard of human infection for those exposed to the sea has been known for a long time, but the public is becoming more aware of it as new evidence of the ocean's rapidly deteriorating health emerges.

Greg Moore (from DAN Boater) and Erik Kyle (from Great Lakes Scuttlebutt Magazine)

Travel Safety  |  Nov 17, 2015

DAN Boater at FLIBS 2015: "Safety Is First"

Miss the DAN Boater debut at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show? Seemed like everyone was asking about the new boater safety program, including the press. Here's our interview with Great Lakes Scuttlebutt Magazine.

DAN first aid kit sitting on marina boat dock at sunrise

Travel Health  |  Nov 6, 2015

First Aid Kits Are More Than An Afterthought

The easiest way to improve readiness for emergencies in remote settings is to bring a well-stocked first aid kit. Learn how to build and maintain your kit so it becomes a tool you can skillfully use when it's needed.

mature man reading a tablet on the bow of a boat

Travel Health  |  Oct 25, 2015

Stay Fit and Keep Boating!

Having a wellness plan for charting the course to good health is as important as a current navigational chart that keeps your boat in safe waters.

shark in the water - by Stephen Frink

Member Stories  |  Oct 5, 2015

A Shark Tale

As Art Penney swam back to the dive boat after spearing two lionfish, a Caribbean reef shark attempted to take the fish, but Art’s hand was in the way. He said it was sudden and painful but doesn't remember much about what happened next...

people in the water wearing lifejackets learning about hypothermia at sea

Boating Safety  |  Oct 2, 2015

What is Really Involved in a Search and Rescue Mission?

When heading offshore on what should be a fun trip, being stranded in the middle of the ocean is generally not at the forefront of your mind. But with a few safety steps and a little preparation, you could just save your life.

Coast Guard rescue divers jumping from helicopter into the ocean

Boating Safety  |  Oct 2, 2015

Helping the Rescuers: A Look at Search and Rescue

The United States Coast Guard has primary responsibility for maritime search and rescue cases in coastal areas and national waters. Find out what's involved in locating missing boaters.

Stan and Lynn Homer aboard their sailboat

Member Stories  |  Oct 1, 2015

Concussed in Colombia

Stan Homer, owner of the 41-ft sailboat Homer’s Odyssey, said of his 2010 cruise between Cartegena and Roatan, "An injury at sea was not how we wanted to bring in the New Year…"

stylized colorful heart

Travel Health  |  Oct 1, 2015

Simple Hypertension Management for Cruisers and Sailors

Preventive maintenance can be a lifesaver at sea, and that goes for your health, too! So here are some smart, simple hypertension management tips for cruisers and sailors.

mountain of ice and show at the pole

Destinations  |  Oct 1, 2015

Bipolar: The High Arctic and Antarctica

"A visit to either pole is about experiencing life through epic moments impossible to experience anywhere else on Earth," explains Amos Nachoum. "For those with a willing spirit and adequate resolve, a trip to either the North or South Pole is a trip of a lifetime."

variety of fruit you can peel

Travel Health  |  Oct 1, 2015

Is it Safe? 3 Surprisingly Easy Food Safety Tips for Travelers

As a traveler, you need to be aware of basic food safety tips that will help you regardless of where you travel.

whale shark feeding on the surface off the coast of Isla Mujeres

Destinations  |  Oct 1, 2015

Isla Mujeres: Reflections of the Past

"A dozen miles off the coast of Mexico's Isla Mujeres, we had been searching these empty seas for hours and had not found anything," Shawn said. "But that changed in an instant as a large fin suddenly appeared…"

expedition ship in icy waters covered in ice

Member Stories  |  Oct 1, 2015

DAN to the Rescue: Out of Antarctica

As his ship crossed the Antarctic circle, explorer and photographer Amos Nachoum slipped on the icy deck, hitting his head. His injuries were severe, and he needed to be in a hospital.

glass of water

Travel Health  |  Oct 1, 2015

How To Prevent Dehydration While Traveling

Dehydration can put a damper on your travels without you even realizing it. Learn the signs and what to do if you become affected.

approaching Tetepare island by boat

Destinations  |  Oct 1, 2015

Tetepare: The Last Wild Island

Every visitor to Tetepare not only enjoys an authentic experience on one of the world's last "wild" islands, but their visit also supports the conservation of the lowland rainforests and teeming reefs of Tetepare.

swimmer AED automated defribillator

Travel Health  |  Oct 1, 2015

Are AEDs Safe to Use in Wet Environments?

Is an automated external defibrillator (AED) safe to use around water? How about on boats?

diver in the water spearfishing

Member Stories  |  Oct 1, 2015

Lacerated in Baja

A spearfishing mishap off Mexico's Baja peninsula lands a diver in the clinic. DAN Member Krista Holbrook explains how the wrong gear and inattentiveness led to her mishap.

hats for sunny and hot climates

Travel Health  |  Oct 1, 2015

Plan for Hot Climates

Headed somewhere hot this season? Here's how to plan for hot climates to help keep yourself safe from the heat.