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In an emergency, phone 0800 4 DES 111 (0800 4337 111)

The Diver Emergency Service (DES) is a 24 hour, 7 days a week hotline for advice and treatment of all diving related incidents, accidents or injuries, including the emergency management of  decompression illness.

For other emergency services, phone 111.

On VHF Radio, contact Coast Guard on Channel – 16 VHF. Click here to visit the Coast Guard website.


Just need a routine medical exam? Click here for a list of designated diving doctors.

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Diver Down!

Diver Down Awareness. In New Zealand (as is the case around the world), there is a growing need to educate boaties and fishermen about the dangers of motoring in areas where there are divers in the water. Not only is it limited to powerboats but yachts (who may not have propellers, but can still pose …

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First Aid Management For Suspected Decompression Illness (DCI)

  Have a high index of suspicion. DCI can present as a wide variety of symptoms. Initiate treatment as soon as possible. Standard ABC’s. Keep unnecessary movement to a minimum. Ideally the patient should remain lying flat. Administer high flow  Oxygen via mask (as close to 100% O2 as possible). Insert IV line – 1000 …

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Medical library

Just click on a topic link below to open a PDF document on the subject: Scuba diving explained Diving and shallow water blackout Epilepsy and diving Asthma and diving High blood pressure (hypertension) and diving Coronary artery disease and diving Flying after diving Women and diving Are women more susceptible to decompression illness (DCI)? Pregnancy, …

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Report an incident

To assist in the promotion of safe and enjoyable diving, the New Zealand Underwater Association collects, analyses and reports on diving incidents and accidents in New Zealand. The information is used to monitor trends, identify common factors and improve diver safety through education. All information received by NZUA is strictly confidential. No individual names, contact …

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Divers Alert Network (DAN) Asia-Pacific

To scuba divers worldwide, DAN means safety, health and peace of mind. DAN is a global network of not-for-profit, member-based organisations and DAN Asia-Pacific has a region of responsibility that extends throughout Asia and the Pacific region. Wherever members live or dive around the world they have peace of mind knowing that DAN is available …

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