Diver Emergency

Police – Ambulance – Fire: 000
Water Police: 03 9399 7500

The Australian Diving Emergency Service (DES) Hotline

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 | 0800 4337 111

New Zealand from overseas:
+64 9 445 8454

In many diving emergencies divers should use these numbers in the first instance. The 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.

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.

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.

Melbourne Mornington Peninsula
Emergency Contact Information

Police – Ambulance – Fire 000
Water Police 03 9399 7500
Rosebud Hospital
1527 Point Nepean Road
Capel Sound (Rosebud West) VIC 3940
Melway: 169 K2 | Get directions
03 5986 0666
The Bays Hospital
262 Main Street (Entry/Parking: Vale Street)
Mornington VIC 3931
Melway: 104 E12 | Get directions
03 5975 2009
Frankston Hospital
2 Hastings Road, Frankston VIC 3199
Melway: 102 E4 | Get directions
03 9784 7777
Rescue Services
Southern Peninsula Rescue (Sorrento) 0417 038 944
Mornington Bay Rescue Service 0419 233 999
Coast Guard* Queenscliff 03 5258 2222
Coast Guard* Hastings 03 5979 3322
Coast Guard* Safety Beach 03 5981 4443
State Emergency Service (VIC) 132 500
Hyberbaric Chamber
Alfred Hospital
Intensive Care Unit
Main Ward Block, Level 1
55 Commercial Rd
Melbourne VIC 3004
Melway: 58 B5 | Get directions
03 9076 2269
Diving Doctors:
Dr Guy Williams
Rosebud Medical Clinic
1239-1241 Pt Nepean Road, Rosebud VIC 3939
Melway: 170 C1 | Get directions
03 5981 1555
Dr Adrian Murrie
Sorrento Medical Centre
166 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento VIC 3943
Melway: 157 A8 | Get directions
03 5984 4322
Dr John Roth
Mornington Medical Group
258 Main Street, Mornington VIC 3931
Melway: 104 E12 | Get directions
03 5975 2633
Dr Vanessa Haller
Carrum Downs Medical Centre
113a Hall Road, Carrum Downs VIC 3201
Melway: 100 H2 | Get directions
03 9782 6666
Radio Information
VHF Emergency Channel 16
VHF - Melbourne Charter Boat channel 74
VHF - VSAG club channel 73
27 MHz AM Emergency Channel 88
27 MHz AM - VSAG club channel 96

* Coast Guard is not always manned and operates mainly during daylight hours

If you're diving in Melbourne, please take the time to put the above emergency contact details into your smartphone. It just might save a life!

Divers Alert Network (DAN)

The above Diving Emergency Service (DES) Hotline is funded by:
Divers Alert Network Asia-Pacific

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