Training Committee

The DAN Europe Training Committee consists of Medical Advisors and Regional Training Coordinators who actively represent DAN Education in their respective regions, oversee Instructor Trainer Workshops, ensure quality assurance, and contribute to business development.

Simone Giovanelli

Professional background
Simone is a highly experienced professional with over 30 years experience in first aid and occupational safety training. As a freelance consultant, he works with leading multinational companies specialising in electro-medical equipment and automated chest compression systems. Simone is dedicated to producing educational content for both lay and medical emergency responders, while also overseeing the implementation of cardioprotection projects nationwide. He has an impressive 25 years experience as a diving instructor.

Why choose DAN Education 
”DAN Education is an unrivalled authority for thousands of providers, instructors, and trainers. Serving as the National Coordinator is not merely a privilege, but a huge responsibility and commitment to represent and support a vast network of instructors with utmost professionalism and expertise. Being part of DAN means being part of something truly meaningful!”

Carlos Junquera

Professional background
Carlos Junquera is a highly skilled and experienced professional with diverse qualifications in Emergency Medical Services, Lifeguarding, Diving and Rescue. Among them: Licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Lifeguard Instructor, American College of Surgeons STOP THE BLEED® Instructor, Course Director and Regional Training Manager of NAUI for Portugal and Spain. Fond of cave and wreck diving, Commercial diver, Boat licence holder, Expert in underwater filming, Founder and owner of PARAMAX Diving and Rescue School in Madrid since 2004, Active member of a civil protection rescue team.

Why choose DAN Education 
“DAN Education stands for the highest standard of training in diving safety and emergency first aid. We believe in comprehensive learning that includes life-saving knowledge, algorithms and practical skills. Our commitment to excellence sets us apart and we lead the market in providing thorough and reliable training”.

Marco Di Tomasso

Professional background
Marco has been involved in first aid training for 30 years, training instructors in several French-speaking countries and teaching in companies, the armed forces, schools and institutions, all with the same passion. The number of lives saved by his students over the years confirms to him that the dissemination of training is of paramount importance.

Why choose DAN Education 
”DAN Education is a training system developed by a team of medical and educational specialists from around the world. This training system integrates theoretical and above all practical concepts and is recognised by many European countries”.

Stilianos Matsoukatidis

Professional background
Stilianos Matsoukatidis is a multi-talented professional in the diving industry, specialising in IT, first aid, technical, rebreather, and wreck diving. His daily activities include maintaining diving equipment, performing hydrostatic testing on scuba tanks, and sharing his expertise through teaching. Stilianos takes pride in encouraging the growth of individuals and finds great honor and challengen to serve as a DAN RTC for Sweden.

Why choose DAN Education 
”To excel in the competitive diving realm, I choose DAN Education as the hub of knowledge and innovation, positioning at the forefront of professional development”.

Allan Holst

Professional background
Allan Holst started diving in 1983 and became a firefighter in 1986. He has been involved in these professions ever since.

In the early 1990s, he took his first DAN Oxygen Provider course in the Canary Islands, which marked the beginning of his involvement with DAN. He continues to be a proud member and expresses his love for it.

In addition to being a Scuba Instructor since 1986, Allan has been a DAN Trainer since 1996. In 2018 he took on the role of DAN Safety Advisor and Officer.

Why choose DAN Education 
”Helping people in need and preventing accidents - both above and below the surface - is in my DNA. This is why I love teaching DAN courses and training people to prevent accidents, be prepared and know what to do in the event of an accident”.

Manuel Preto

Professional background
Manuel Preto is a diving instructor/trainer with a career spanning since 1989. He is currently working as a trainer for various diving agencies, including CMAS, SSI, PADI and SDI/TDI, covering both recreational and technical diving, as well as owing his diving and hyperbaric training centre. Since 2005, Manuel has worked as a consultant for several hyperbaric facilities as chamber operator, safety and programme manager and currently holds the position of Vice President of EBAss (European Baromedical Association for Nurses Operators and Technicians) and works as a Programme & Training Manager for Dubai Police in the UAE. Manuel joined DAN Europe in 2009 as a First Aid Instructor and later progressed to the roles of Trainer and Regional Research Coordinator. He is also an ERC (European Resuscitation Council) Course Director for the BLSD course and he plays a key role in managing the training for RCAPP (Recompression Chamber Assistance Partnership Program).

Why choose DAN Education 
The motto is "train to be prepared", as instructors we should always be ready to give the best first aid treatment if needed. DAN Europe's courses are the best First Aid programmes in the diving industry, teaching professionals to be well prepared.