Richmond Dive Club


O'Toole's Restaurant

4800 Forest Hill Ave. Richmond, VA 23225


Dan Orr

Risks In Scuba Diving


Recreational scuba diving is inherently safe but, like any outdoor activity it is not without certain risks. There are, however, some risks that are unique to the sport. This presentation looks at identifying, analyzing, evaluating and, ultimately, mitigating risks associated with scuba diving. These risks may be physiological in nature or due to procedural errors. The hope is that this presentation will make for a more informed and safety-conscious diver. 


Dan Orr has more than 50 years of diving experiences. He retired from the position of President of Divers Alert Network (DAN) after 23 years helping DAN focus on its worldwide diving safety mission. While at DAN, he assumed a variety of roles and was responsible for the development and implementation of the DAN Oxygen 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 in leadership positions on the Boards of many companies and organizations throughout the diving world.  

Dan has been an invited speaker at national and international diver conferences. He has published and co-authored hundreds of articles and a dozen books and manuals including Scuba Diving SafetyPocket Guide to First Aid for Scuba Diving InjuriesPocket 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 and the DEMA Reaching Out Award. He is a member of the Hall of Fame for Disabled Divers, the Diving Industry Hall of Fame and the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame. 

2021 RDC Diver Day Schedule 





  5/23 -GOOSE DAY











  9/12 -Member Appreciation

Link for Diver Day registration will be made active approximately 3 weeks prior to each Diver Day.  Registration is required via this website to be included on the RDC manifest.

2021 Membership Dues

Benefits of Single and Family Membership:

  • Free local diving at designated RDC hosted events
  • Parties, guest speakers and special events
  • Great diving with folks at all levels of diving certifications
  • Voting privileges
  • Richmond Dive Club window decal

Dues:  The fiscal health of the Richmond Dive Club is only one aspect that makes our Club as strong as it is. Your dues help to support Diver Days at Lake Phoenix and arrange for great speakers at our monthly club meetings.  

Dues are $35 for a single membership, $55 for family* memberships and $125 for corporate memberships. Dues are based on the fiscal year beginning March 1 and ending on February 28.

*Family members must be resident at the same address and includes dependents under the age of 18 and/or a full-time student living at home or away at school.

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