Divers Alert Network President Dan Orr announces retirement

Divers Alert Network announced that well-known DAN representative and industry ambassador Dan Orr has retired from his position as President of DAN Inc. Orr, who has been with the DAN organisation for the last two decades, is a well-respected and recognized fixture at industry and consumer events throughout the world.

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Dan Orr at the 2012 DEMA Show Photo Credit: Alese & Morton Pechter (pechterphoto.zenfolio.com)

Dan Orr’s passion for scuba diver safety has grown through his tenure with DAN that has taken him to virtually every corner of the globe. Orr, can often be seen engaging scuba divers at various events throughout the country. He is an invited speaker at diving medical and safety seminars around the world and often speaks to local scuba diving clubs and local scuba retail outlets.

Having held multiple positions within the DAN organisation, Orr is best recognized for developing the DAN Oxygen Programme that has become the worldwide standard in the first aid for diving emergencies. By working with instructors and local dive stores and local dive stores across the country, Orr helped build a network of DAN instructors and instructor-trainers that allowed this important initiative to quickly spread throughout the global diving community. Orr has spent his career at DAN promoting DAN’s mission of dive safety.

“Dan Orr’s commitment to the recreational scuba industry is unmatched. His spirit, dedication and expertise have helped make DAN the diving industry’s leading safety organization. For that, every DAN member past and present can thank Dan Orr,” said William Ziefle, President and CEO of DAN Inc. “We appreciate everything Dan Orr has done for DAN and the dive industry and wish them well in their future endeavors.”

Bill Ziefle added that Dan Orr has been named President Emeritus of the DAN Foundation and will serve DAN in an official capacity until his retirement in August 2013.

Among the many awards and accolades that Dan Orr has received over the years, the latest and most prestigious was the DEMA Reaching Out Award which was presented to him last Fall. A published author of numerous books, training programs and presentations, Orr was elected into the Hall of Fame for Disabled Divers in 2010, is a recipient of the NOGI Award in Sports/Education, the Wyland Icon Award, Beneath the Sea’s Diver of the Year, the Our World Underwater Award, the Leonard Greenstone Diving Safety Award, and is one of the inaugural Platinum Pro 5000 honorees by Scuba Schools International.

Are you a North Carolina diver? DAN has a free talk tonight!

DAN is renowned for their educational lectures and they regularly put on a series of free seminars at the DEMA Show that all dive professionals can access.

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A list of Divers Alert Network lectures given at the DEMA Show by DAN experts, including Dr Neal W Pollock (pictured) Photo Credit: Rosemary E Lunn

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 6th February 2013) is entitled "The Physiology and Pathophysiology of Immersion" and given by Dr. Neal Pollock.

"Water can be a joy to swimmers and divers. The support it provides enables us to move in three dimensions with tremendous freedom. There is a toll, however, that comes with this dense milieu that we do not see in our normal air environment. This presentation will consider the effects of water immersion and the implications for swimmers and divers."

For those of you unfamiliar with Dr Neal, he is a Research Director at DAN and a Research Associate at the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology at Duke University Medical Center.

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 Dr Neal wax lyrical about  immersion physiology.

Upcoming Lectures in the Series:

April 3: "Managing DCS in Remote Locations" presented by Dr. Nicholas Bird

June 5: "The Heart in Diving" presented by Dr. Petar Denoble

August 7: "Critical Thinking of Post-Dive Symptoms" presented by Dr. Matias Nochetto