Divers Alert Network (DAN) announced today 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 organization for the last two decades, is a well-respected and recognized fixture at industry and consumer events throughout the world.
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 organization, Orr is best recognized for developing the DAN Oxygen Program 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.”
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.