Partner of the Year Awards

The Partner of the Year awards recognise those Partners who deliver outstanding results and have successfully promoted DAN products and services during the previous year.

Both divers and dive operations can join the DAN Europe Partner Program. They obtain credits by earning points, promotional materials, the use of the DAN Partner logo, and of course prizes and rewards!

We will continue to collaborate with our Partners to let divers know the good services DAN has to offer to the dive community. DAN congratulates and deeply thanks this year's winners, as well as all active Partners for their work and commitment.

2013 Winners

The winners of the 2013 DAN Europe Partner of the Year awards are:

 


Business Partner Categorie:
Cool Divers, Belgium

Cool Divers, Belgium

This dive centre promoted 44 memberships in 2013, a great result!
Cool divers received a free Business Partner enrolment for the current year.

The Cool Divers Club started as a Recreational Dive Centre in 2006, followed by the opening of a dive shop in April 2011 and by the end of the year, Cool Divers became a PADI Five Star Dive Centre. The dive centre is an Authorised TEC REC Centre and an EFR Facility and is a DAN Gold Business Partner. From day one, they put lots of effort into dive safety. The centre trains divers to understand and behave according to safe practices vs. what not to do. Each time, divers are briefed about the dive spots, discuss the site rules and safety regulations to adhere to. Cool Divers has safety emergency plans for each dive spot they visit, and keep them up to date.

Certifications:
  • DAN Europe Business Partner #407377
  • PADI 5* Dive Center #S-22253
  • PADI TEC REC Center # S-22253

Professional Partner Categorie:
Nico Kavaleff

Nico Kavaleff, Finland

For the third year in a row, Niko stands out in his category! 343 divers joined DAN thanks to his promotion efforts: an amazing result!

Nico received a free Pro Silver membership.

Born in Finland, manager and owner of AfterDive Ltd., Nico has spread out his passion for scuba diving since 2001, when he started publishing Snorkkeli.net, the largest scuba diving community in Finland (more than 13.000 registered members, 35.000 visitors a month).

Certifications:
  • DAN Europe Instructor and Partner #89543
  • PADI MSDT #76780
  • Active Member of Boating Writers International (BWI)

Friend Partner Categorie:
František Harant

František Harant, Czech Republic

Third award in three years for František as well. He promoted 29 memberships during the past year. An example to be followed by all DAN Friends!

He received a free Sport Silver membership.

Born in Cheb (Czech Republic), František had his first contact with the underwater world at the age of 12, when he enrolled in a diving club in his home town. Completed his first OW course in 1996 and became a CMAS* diver, diving mainly in the dams and rivers of Czech Republic: his first scubadiving experiences thus were in cold, dark waters with scarce visibility.

Started working as a Dive Master in Croatia in 2000, then certified as OW Instructor with SSI. Opened his own diving school (DiversDream, based in Prague) in 2004, focusing on recreational diving and organising trips to dive sites worldwide. At the same time, he has been gaining relevant experience in commercial diving as well.

Certifications:
  • SSI DCS Instructor (Divecontrol Instructor)
  • Freediving Diver Level 2 (Apnea Academy)
  • Commercial Diver

2012 Winners

The winners of the 2012 DAN Europe Partner of the Year awards are:

 


Business Partner Categorie:
Tauchsport Seekuh e.K., Mainz

Tauchsport Seekuh e.K., Mainz, Germany

This renowned German dive operation promoted 68 memberships in 2012, a great result!
Tauchsport Seekuh e.K., Mainz received a free Bronze Business Partner enrolment for the current year.

Tauchsport Seekuh e.K. is a renowned diving center in Mainz, running a shop and an online store.
Promoting DAN and spreading awareness about diving safety has been a primary mission of the club's manager for many years. As a result, much emphasis is put on well-trained instructors and well-maintained emergency and dive equipment.
The club offers a variety of first aid courses for divers, in addition to diving courses for beginners, instructors and technical divers.

Certifications:
  • SSI Dive Center #700652
  • IAC 5-Star- et Instructor-Training-Center
  • PADI Dive Center #S-21527
  • DAN Bussines Partner #S-21527

Professional Partner Categorie:
Nico Kavaleff

Nico Kavaleff, Finland

For the second year in a row, Niko stands out in his category! Also this time more than 300 divers joined DAN thanks to his promotion efforts: an amazing result!

Nico received a free Pro Silver membership.

Born in Finland, manager and owner of AfterDive Ltd., Nico has spread out his passion for scuba diving since 2001, when he started publishing Snorkkeli.net, the largest scuba diving community in Finland (more than 13.000 registered members, 35.000 visitors a month).

Certifications:
  • DAN Europe Instructor and Partner #89543
  • PADI MSDT #76780
  • Active Member of Boating Writers International (BWI)

Friend Partner Categorie:
František Harant

František Harant, Czech Republic

Second award in two years for František as well. He promoted 17 memberships during the past year. An example to be followed by all DAN Friends!

He received a free Sport Silver membership.

Born in Cheb (Czech Republic), František had his first contact with the underwater world at the age of 12, when he enrolled in a diving club in his home town. Completed his first OW course in 1996 and became a CMAS* diver, diving mainly in the dams and rivers of Czech Republic: his first scubadiving experiences thus were in cold, dark waters with scarce visibility.

Started working as a Dive Master in Croatia in 2000, then certified as OW Instructor with SSI. Opened his own diving school (DiversDream, based in Prague) in 2004, focusing on recreational diving and organising trips to dive sites worldwide. At the same time, he has been gaining relevant experience in commercial diving as well.

Certifications:
  • SSI DCS Instructor (Divecontrol Instructor)
  • Freediving Diver Level 2 (Apnea Academy)
  • Commercial Diver

2011 Winners

The winners of the 2011 DAN Europe Partner of the Year awards are:

 


Business Partner Categorie:
Nautilos Trading

Nautilos Trading LTD

This dive operation promoted 42 memberships in 2011, a great result that will be surely replicated!

Nautilos and its manager Marios received a free Bronze Business Partner enrolment for the current year.

Nautilos is a well known dive operation based in Cyprus, with a team of qualified dive professionals. Most of them have attended or can teach DAN Training courses, helping DAN spread awareness about safety in diving. The dive club is able to offer a variety of dive course, addressed to both recreational and technical divers.

Professional Partner Categorie:
Nico Kavaleff

Nico Kavaleff, Finland

Almost 300 divers joined DAN through Niko in year 2011: an amazing result!

Nico received a free Pro Silver membership.

Born in Finland, manager and owner of AfterDive Ltd., Nico has spread out his passion for scuba diving since 2001, when he started publishing Snorkkeli.net, the largest scuba diving community in Finland (more than 13.000 registered members, 35.000 visitors a month).

Certifications:
  • DAN Europe Instructor and Partner #89543
  • PADI MSDT #76780
  • Active Member of Boating Writers International (BWI)

Friend Partner Categorie:
František Harant

František Harant, Czech Republic

František promoted 22 memberships during the past year.

An example to be followed by all DAN Friends! He received a free Sport Silver membership.

Born in Cheb (Czech Republic), František had his first contact with the underwater world at the age of 12, when he enrolled in a diving club in his home town. Completed his first OW course in 1996 and became a CMAS* diver, diving mainly in the dams and rivers of Czech Republic: his first scubadiving experiences thus were in cold, dark waters with scarce visibility.

Started working as a Dive Master in Croatia in 2000, then certified as OW Instructor with SSI. Opened his own diving school (DiversDream, based in Prague) in 2004, focusing on recreational diving and organising trips to dive sites worldwide. At the same time, he has been gaining relevant experience in commercial diving as well.

Certifications:
  • SSI DCS Instructor (Divecontrol Instructor)
  • Freediving Diver Level 2 (Apnea Academy)
  • Commercial Diver