Last updated: August 2, 2017 at 18:12 pm
Biologist; instructor; author; consultant; president of the Academy of Underwater Arts & Sciences (AUAS); former chairman of the Historical Diving Society (USA); former president and CEO of DAN; developed and implemented DAN Oxygen First Aid training; NOGI Award (1996), Wyland Icon Award (2009), Beneath the Sea Diver of the Year, Our World Underwater Award (1997).
DEMA Press Release (2012): Dan Orr is known by most people in the dive industry for his work to make diving as safe as possible. He has been a diver for nearly 50 years and a dive professional for over 40 years. Throughout the years, Orr has been involved in many facets of recreational, commercial, scientific and military diving. He has worked and taught recreational diving in a retail store, developed and implemented course curricula in the university/academic environment, supervised research efforts in the field of scientific diving, tested diving equipment for military contractors and worked for, or served on the Boards of various not-for-profit organizations. Currently the President of Divers Alert Network (DAN), his 21+ years at DAN have helped the non-profit focus on its mission to help divers in need worldwide while promoting successful business and administrative practices. One of his first projects at DAN was developing and implementing the DAN Oxygen Program. This program has become the worldwide standard in training to provide emergency oxygen to injured divers. Prior to that, he worked with both Florida State and Wright State Universities to help make their diver education and safety programs some of the most comprehensive educational experiences available. In addition to working for Diver’s Alert Network, Dan has published or contributed to more than 100 articles and a dozen books and manuals including; Scuba Diving Safety, Pocket Guide to First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries, Pocket Guide for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries, the NOAA Diving Manual and numerous articles in national and international magazines and journals. Orr continues to be one of the core leaders to promote the sport of diving and safety. He has been recognized by his peers by being the recipient of many prestigious awards including the Wright State University Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence, the NOGI Award in Sports/Education, the Leonard Greenstone Award for Outstanding Contributions to Diving Safety, the Our World Underwater Award, the NAUI Award for Outstanding Contributions to Diving, the Alberta Underwater Council’s Award of Merit; Beneath the Sea’s Diver of the Year, the DAN Asia-Pacific Contributions to Diving Safety Award, and the Wyland Foundation Award for Lifetime Achievement. Dan is also a member of the Hall of Fame for Divers with Disabilities.