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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

Bitten!

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.

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.

hand on a boat cleat

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?

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.

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