Dr. med. Ulrich van Laak is co-founder of DAN Europe and has been Medical Director for Germany, Austria and Hungary since almost 30 years now. He is Diving and Hyperbaric Consultant former President of the German Society of Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine, and currently acts as Surgeon Captain (German Navy) and trained specialist for Maritime Medicine, Diving and Submarine Medical Officer (US Navy, German Navy). He also works as Head of Department Maritime Medicine at the German Naval Institute of Maritime Medicine (NIMM) in Kronshagen (Kiel), Germany. Beside Diving Medicine, his prominent field of engagement is submarine safety and rescue, pathophysiology of immersion/submersion, rescue equipment and procedures, survival at sea, fleet telemedicine.