September 27, 2005 07:00 ET

Divers Alert Network Joins With World Communications Center to Provide Global Satellite Communication Services to Divers

CHANDLER, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 27, 2005 -- World Communications Center (WCC), a provider of global satellite voice and data communications, announced today that Divers Alert Network (DAN) has signed an agreement to offer its member divers the ability to rent WCC's Iridium satellite phones when diving in remote locations.

Satellite communications provides the ideal solution for divers, who typically travel in areas where landlines and cellular service are not available. In emergency situations, this can be cause for concern.

WCC provides service and equipment for satellite telephones, mobile asset tracking devices and satellite broadband Internet. The company offers the one truly global satellite system, Iridium, which provides complete global coverage including all oceans and seas with no long distance or roaming fees. The WCC rental program allows DAN members to rent satellite equipment at weekly rates and pay for minutes they use at a fraction of what most international phone calls cost. User-friendly added-value features can include waterproof phone bags, special one-button programming to contact the DAN and WCC's 24-hour customer care.

WCC President Sam Romey said that with Iridium's unique truly global network, WCC has always recognized the value of satellite communications in the diving industry. "Many divers already use WCC's services, but our new relationship with DAN will help to reach out to its members and ensure further safety via reliable communications," Romey said.

Tony Bacci, Vice President of Marketing and New Business Development at DAN, underscored the value of the relationship with WCC. "Thanks to our partnership with WCC, we can offer our divers and group leaders an effective way to communicate back to us in case of emergency," Bacci said. "We encourage divers to take advantage of this program so they can travel and dive to remote and beautiful places with peace of mind."

To launch the new DAN/WCC partnership and encourage traveling divers to learn about the easy-to-use Iridium satellite system, introductory specials are available to DAN divers and professionals including discounts, custom programming and other incentives. Details of each offer will be available at the DEMA show in Las Vegas, on the DAN website ( and on WCC's website (

About DAN

Divers Alert Network (DAN) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit members organization dedicated to recreational diving safety and emergency assistance. DAN is supported by the largest association of recreational divers in the world.

Founded in 1980, DAN has served as a lifeline for the scuba industry by operating diving's only 24-hour emergency hotline, a lifesaving service for injured divers. DAN also operates a diving medical information line, conducts vital diving medical research and develops and provides educational programs for everyone from beginning divers to medical professionals.

About WCC

World Communication Center (WCC) is a leading provider of global satellite solutions, including Iridium telephones, pagers, data capabilities, satellite broadband and service. The company provides leased and for-purchase satellite communications systems for maritime, aviation, commercial trucking and other ground transportation. WCC serves government agencies, leisure travelers and corporate entities including the State of Alaska, NASA, The Peace Corps and Boeing. For information, visit or call 800-211-2575.

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