Sunday, July 21, 2024

DAN Encourages Safe Diving During 2022 Florida Lobster ‘Mini Season’


With Florida’s Spiny Lobster Sport Season (“mini season”) beginning next week, the folks at the Divers Alert Network have identified the most important factors to keep divers safe.

The annual two-day event, which will take place on July 27 and 28, is eagerly anticipated by divers each year and draws participants from throughout the Southeast US and beyond.

While it’s a fun, challenging and tasty experience for most, more than 20 divers have died during mini season in the last decade, according to DAN.

To prevent future deaths, DAN has released four tips which, while they probably won’t be a surprise, sometimes the most basic precautions are the most likely to save a life.

If you’re planning to hunt for lobsters this mini season, DAN says to keep the following in mind:

* Check your air often! It’s easy to become distracted and ignore your air supply. Running out of gas is extremely dangerous, so keep an eye on it, and return to the surface with plenty in reserve.

Image credit: Divers Alert Network
Image credit: Divers Alert Network

* Stay close to your buddy. A dive buddy can provide an alternate air source in an emergency and help free you from entanglement.

(Image credit: DAN)
(Image credit: DAN)

* Know your limits. Between 20 and 30 percent of dive fatalities are caused by heart attacks. Make an honest and thorough assessment of your fitness before you get in the water. Consider your ability to perform a long surface swim against a strong current if needed.

(Image credit: DAN)
(Image credit: DAN)

* Plan your dive and dive your plan. Pay close attention to current, depth, marine life, entry and exit points, and overhead boat traffic.

(Image credit: DAN)
(Image credit: DAN)

DAN president and CEO Bill Ziefle says:

“The best thing you can do to avoid incidents during mini season is to remember the fundamentals of safe diving. And of course, DAN is here to help any diver who needs us.”

For more tips for a safe mini season, go to, and for up-to-date info about the lobster mini season regulations, go to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at myfwc/com.

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.