DAN Europe on the Rise

3/30/2011 3:13:33 PM
Already a teeming operation by 1991, DAN Europe’s union with other dive safety organizations in IDAN has taken it into two decades of unprecedented growth, with Alessandro Marroni at the helm.

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:

  • Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries
  • Advanced Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries
  • Remote Emergency Medical Oxygen
  • DAN Automated External Defibrillators for Scuba Diving
  • Diving Emergency Management
  • First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries Provider Program
  • Basic Life Support for Dive Professionals
  • Diving Emergency Specialist
  • On-Site Neurological Assessment for Divers
A world of diving
DAN Europe’s efforts have not gone unnoticed. Its current membership stands at 101,000-plus and is growing steadily. DAN Europe’s membership includes divers in all European countries, as well as Russia and the Middle Eastern and Northern African countries that do not have a dedicated office.

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 Balkans
    (Serbia and Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
    Area Director: Dr. Alessandro Marroni
    Regional Director: Dr. Dragana Ivkovic

  • DAN Europe BeNeLux
    (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg)
    Area Director: Costantino Balestra, Ph.D.
    Area Medical Director: Dr. Peter Germonpre
    National Medical Director for The Netherlands: Dr. Menno Gaastra
    Regional Head of Training (Dutch): Guy Thomas
    Regional Head of Training (French): Frédéric Venderschueren

  • DAN Europe Česko (Czech Republic)
    Area Director: Dr. Alessandro Marroni
    National Director: Dr. Pavel Macura

  • DAN Europe Croatia
    Area Director: Dr. Alessandro Marroni
    National Director: Dr. Darko Kovacevic

  • DAN Europe France
    Area Director: Costantino Balestra, Ph.D.
    Area Medical Director: Dr. Peter Germonpre
    National Medical Director: Dr. Bruno Grandjean

  • DAN Europe Germany, Austria and Hungary
    Area Director: Dr. Ulrich van Laak

  • DAN Europe Hellas (Greece)
    Area Director: Dr. Alessandro Marroni
    Medical Director: Dr. Bassilis Zachariades

  • DAN Europe Ibérica (Andorra, Portugal, Spain)
    Area Director: Dr. Jordi Desola, M.D., Ph.D.

  • DAN Europe Italia
    National Director: Dr. Nuccia De Angelis
    Medical Director: Dr. Alessandro Marroni

  • DAN Europe Malta
    National Director: Dr. Ramiro Cali Corleo

  • DAN Europe Polska (Poland)
    Area Director: Dr. Alessandro Marroni
    Medical Director: Dr. Zdzislaw Sicko, M.D., Ph.D.
    Membership Coordinator: Dr. Jacek Kot, M.D., Ph.D.

  • DAN Europe Skandinavien
    (Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland)
    Area Director: Dr. Ole Hyldegaard, M.D., Ph.D.

  • DAN Europe Slovenia
    Area Director: Dr. Alessandro Marroni
    National Director: Dr. Igor Mekjavic, M.D.

  • DAN Europe Suisse (Switzerland)
    National Director: Dr. Jürg Wendling

  • DAN Europe Türkiye
    Area and Medical Director: Dr. Ramiro Cali Corleo
    National Medical Director: Dr Salih Aydin
    Regional Managers: Murat Egi, Ali Konoklu

  • DAN Europe United Kingdom Gibraltar & Ireland
    Area Director: Dr. Ramiro Cali Corleo, M.D.
    Regional Manager: Christopher Young, CertEd

DAN Europe affiliate organizations

  • DAN Maldives
    Area Director: Dr. Alessandro Marroni
    Medical Director: Dr. Guenter Frey

  • DAN Egypt
    Area Director: Dr. Alessandro Marroni
    Regional Director: Dr. Adel Taher, M.D.

  • DAN Israel
    Area Director: Dr. Alessandro Marroni
    Regional Director: Shai Roth

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.

Michael Kirylo
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.”

Umberto Giorgini
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.

Mauro Poli
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.

Guy Thomas
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.”