Are you a North Carolina diver? DAN has a free talk tonight!
For the last three years, DAN HQ in Durham (North Carolina) has been running a bi-monthly diving medicine / research / safety series of lectures at their office in West Colony Place. The talk is held on the first Wednesday of every other month at 19:00. This programme provides an excellent opportunity for anyone with a thirst for diving knowledge to listen to a variety of local experts discuss dive medicine, research, and safety.
Tonight’s lecture (Wednesday 4th December 2013) is entitled “Cultivating Safe Behaviors in Recreational Diving,” and will be given by Shabbar Ranapurwala.
For those of you unfamiliar with Mr Ranapurwala, he is a Research Assistant at DAN.
We have long known that a majority of the recreational diving fatalities and injuries are caused by preventable diving mishaps, errors or incidents. These mishaps occur due to human errors, equipment problems, or environmental conditions.Many groups have suggested that preventing mishaps may prevent injuries and fatalities. A pre-dive checklist sounds like a logical solution, however, only a minority of recreational divers actually use a checklist in the field.The purpose of this talk is to share the results of DAN’s summer 2012 randomized trial using a pre-dive checklist.
Doors will open at 18:15 for a pre-event social, and ‘Down Under‘ very kindly serve light refreshments. The presentation begins at 19:00 and will last approximately 45 – 55 minutes, followed by a question-and-answer session.
Admission to the lecture is free, and no registration is required. So come early, come hungry and hear Shabbar wax lyrical about appropriate diving behaviours. Incidentally Shabbar Ranapurwala will also be giving the first lecture of the 2014 series. He will be discussing “Diving Injuries, Beyond DCS and AGE,” on Wednesday 5th February.