Not only has DAN Europe met the challenge of servicing its members in many languages and cultures, it has dived deep into medical research, developed a sponsor program, opened its own recompression chamber assistance program, and it teaches all of DAN’s training programs in most European languages, with courses in Arabic coming soon.
DAN Europe’s training courses include:
Here is a snapshot of the group’s organizational structure. For a complete overview, see www.daneurope.org.
DAN Europe Foundation
Territory: Geographical Europe, European territories and protectorates, with regional responsibility for the Mediterranean sea and shore, the Red Sea, the Arabian Gulf, Ethiopia and the Maldives.
Dr. Alessandro Marroni, M.D., president, CEO and chief medical officer
DAN Europe regional offices
DAN Europe affiliate organizations
A dedicated staff
Administrative setup aside, the folks at DAN Europe are devoted to their calling to help divers. Here’s a brief look at just a few of these dedicated individuals.
A certified diver since 1975 during his U.S. Navy tour of duty, Michael Kirylo began working for the DAN Europe membership department in 2001.
“I jumped at the opportunity,” Kirylo said. “As an active diver it has been a privilege and honor to be able to not only enjoy the prestige of working in a reputable and renowned worldwide dive safety organization, but the exposure and pleasure it brings me with interacting with scuba divers worldwide is irreplaceable.”
Membership coordinator Umberto Giorgini came to DAN in 1995 first as a Spanish translator and telephone operator, eventually to his present position.
“It is a pleasure to actively participate daily with an organization that has the safety of divers at heart,” Giorgini said. “This young staff of highly motivated and competent multilingual individuals is an important key to the success of this organization.”
Giorgini has been a scuba diver since 1996 and instructor since 2001.
Membership relations specialist Mauro Poli, M.S., is no stranger to educating others. Before coming to DAN Europe, he was a language teacher in a secondary state school in Italy.
“When I decided to change employment in 1992, I was already an active diver and one of the first IDA members,” he said. “When I received the offer to work at DAN, I accepted with joy, feeling privileged and motivated in my choice.”
Poli is responsible for the communications department at DAN Europe. “Knowing my efforts are appreciated by our members is very rewarding and motivating,” he said.
Before he started working for DAN Europe in 2001, Director of Training and Operations Guy Thomas worked in a chemical company in Belgium, diving in his spare time.
“During my free time, next to being a dive Instructor, I was also a very active DAN Europe Oxygen Instructor and Instructor Trainer for six years,” he said.
During that period Thomas worked closely with DAN Europe and said he enjoyed teaching local divers and instructors how to use oxygen. “It was great to see that by doing this, dive safety actually improved,” he said.
During that period, he became a DAN Research Operator and made research dives with local divers. “This increased my motivation in improving dive safety even more,” Thomas added.
“When I was offered a job as DAN Europe Training Manager in 2001, I saw the opportunity to turn my hobby into a full-time job. I still feel privileged and motivated to help divers to increase dive safety. Thanks to contacts I have with the DAN Europe Instructors and the feedback we receive from the students, I see that what we at DAN Europe are doing is highly appreciated by many divers.”