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Dan Orr receives Lifetime Explorer award from Sea of Change Foundation

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The Sea of Change Foundation has announced that its Board of Directors has nominated and chosen Dan Orr to receive the 2024 Lifetime Explorer Award.

Each year, the Foundation’s Board of Directors honours an individual for a lifetime of excellence in environmental awareness and exploration, and Orr joins the esteemed ranks of past Lifetime Explorer awardees such as Captain Wayne Hasson, Doug McNeese, Jean-Michel Cousteau, and Michele Westmorland.

The official award will be presented at the Aggressor Adventures DEMA-2024 booth #5045 in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Thursday 21 November.

During his 23 years of service at Divers Alert Network (DAN), Orr held various positions from Director of Training to President/CEO. He used grassroots approaches to educate divers about DAN and travelled the world to further DAN’s diver safety mission.

One of Orr’s early roles at DAN was to develop and implement the DAN Emergency Oxygen First Aid Programme that has become the standard of care in providing first aid to injured divers.

Now a diving industry consultant, Orr continues to share his diving safety expertise through regular free diver safety webinars and invited presentations at national and international diving conventions. Orr has also authored several books and written hundreds of articles on various diver safety topics.

Over the years, Orr has held professional memberships and leadership positions in many notable diving organizations such as the YMCA, NAUI, PADI, the International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers (IANTD), the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), the National Association for Cave Diving (NACD), the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA), the Academy of Underwater Arts & Sciences (AUAS), the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS), Force Blue, the Women Divers Hall of Fame (WDHOF, Ambassador), the Institute of Diving, the Explorers Club and the Historical Diving Society.

Founded by leaders in the scuba diving industry nearly 10 years ago and as the official conservation non-profit partner of Aggressor Adventures, the Sea of Change Foundation’s mission is to create positive change for the natural world we all love to enjoy and explore.

“Recognizing Dan’s dedication to both safe diving and promoting big adventures is our honour”, said Wayne Brown, Chairman of the Foundation’s Board and CEO of Aggressor Adventures.

“Dan’s friendship and guidance in diving have been personally invaluable to me; I’m thrilled we have this opportunity to publicly recognize all his hard work”, said Samantha Whitcraft, the Foundation’s Executive Director. “Dan Orr is truly a lifetime explorer, blazing a trail of safe diving for us all to follow.”

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Scuba Diver's Editorial Director Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. nearly 40-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
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