Dan Orr retired from the positions of President of Divers Alert Network (DAN) after 23 years helping DAN focus on its worldwide diving safety mission. During his tenure at DAN, he was Director of Training responsible for the development and implementation of DAN training programs including the DAN Oxygen First Aid Program. Prior to coming to DAN, he worked and taught recreational diving in a retail store, developed and implemented course curricula in the academic environment, collected data and supervised research efforts in the field of science diving. Dan was certified as a US Navy diver and tested diving equipment for military contractors. He served on the Boards of various non-profit organizations during his career including the Historical Diving Society (President and Chairman of the Board), Our World Underwater Scholarship Society, Recreational Scuba Training Council, Force Blue (Chairman of the Board), WCH Media Group/Best Publishing Company (Chairman of the Board), the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association-DEMA (Chairman of the Board) and the Academy of Underwater Arts & Sciences (President).
He has published and co-authored over 200 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; and the DAN Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries Training Manual.
He has also been honored by his peers by being the recipient of many prestigious awards and honors including the NOGI Award in Sports/Education, the Leonard Greenstone Award for Diving Safety, the Our World-Underwater Award, Beneath the Sea’s Diver of the Year, the Wyland Foundation Award for Lifetime Achievement, the NAUI Lifetime Achievement Award and the DEMA Reaching Out Award. He is a member of the Hall of Fame for Disabled Divers, the NAUI Hall of Honor, the Diving Industry Hall of Fame and the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame.
Dan shares this thoughts…
I have known Faith Ortins for many years and have always been impressed by her enthusiasm for the sport and her educational and safety ethic. When she and Paul Holbrook formed Blue Green Expeditions, I knew that they would be able to provide diving opportunities second to none. When Betty and I had the privilege of participating in adventures with Blue Green Expeditions to the Antarctic and the Arctic, it exceeded our expectations in every way. Blue Green Expeditions provides divers with the rare opportunity to experience diving in locations all over the world that have rarely or never before seen a diver. Blue Green Expeditions has a loyal following and Betty and I can certainly be counted among that growing number. I am proud and excited to have the opportunity to lead a Blue Green Expedition.