The DAN AP Diving Emergency Service (DES) Hotline

Toll Free 1800 088 200 (within Australia)
User Pays +61-8-8212 9242 (outside Australia)
DAN currently funds the Diving Emergency Service (DES) Hotline.

The DES is a 24-hour diving emergency hotline run on a volunteer basis. Located at the Hyperbaric Unit at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Adelaide, South Australia. It is available to all divers throughout the world. The DES doctors provide this service on a voluntary basis and DAN Asia-Pacific funds the toll free phone number.

How a call to the Diving Emergency Service (DES) in Australia is handled. 

The DES is not part of DAN; it is an independent entity. However, DAN utilises the services of the DES doctors and funds the operation of the DES phone.

A call to the DES first comes into the control room of the ambulance service in South Australia. It is answered by a qualified ambulance officer who takes relevant details and passes the call through to the on-call DES doctor. The caller is normally able to speak directly with a hyperbaric doctor within 2 to 5 minutes of calling. The DES currently handles some 500 calls per year, from all over the world.

Calls to DES from within Australia are toll free (call 1800 088 200).  However, calls from outside Australia (+61-8-8212 9242) are user pays.


The DAN Diving Emergency Service (DES) Australia Hotline 1800-088 200 
(funded by DAN)       

(toll free within Australia – English Only) +61-8-8212 9242
(from outside Australia – English Only)

New South Wales/ACT (02) 9382 2222 (Prince of Wales Hospital)

Northern Territory (08) 8922 8888 (Royal Darwin Hospital)

Queensland (07) 3646 8111 (Royal Brisbane Hospital) (07) 4433 1111 (Townsville Hospital) 

South Australia (08) 7074 0000 (Royal Adelaide Hospital)        

Tasmania (03) 6166 8308 (Royal Hobart Hospital)

Victoria (03) 9076 2000 (The Alfred)

Western Australia (08) 6152 2222 (Fiona Stanley Hospital)  


New Zealand 0800 4DES 111 (Diving Emergency Service)

Asia, Pacific Islands +618-8212 9242 (DAN World)

Americas +1-919-684 9111 (DAN)

Europe +39-06-4211 8685 (DAN EUROPE)

Southern Africa +27-10-209 8112 (DAN SOUTHERN AFRICA)


If you have a Diver Emergency, please use one of the contact numbers below.

Australia toll free from within Australia:
1800 088 200

Australia from overseas (user pays):
+61 8 8212 9242

New Zealand from within New Zealand:
0800-4DES 111

New Zealand from overseas:
+64 9 445 8454

In most diving emergencies divers should use these numbers in the first instance. One possible exception is where the caller is dealing with situation that is immediately life threatening, for example, where CPR or EAR is being performed on an injured diver. In this setting it is probably better to call the local emergency (ambulance) services direct (dial 000) to get help as soon as possible.

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