Monday, July 22, 2024

Richard Moon Named 2021 DAN/Rolex Diver Of The Year


The Divers Alert Network announced that Richard Moon, M.D., has been selected as the 2021 DAN/Rolex Diver of the Year.

Moon was presented the award at a virtual event on June 5.

Moon is a professor of anesthesiology at Duke University and the medical director of the Duke Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology. He is also a former DAN medical director.

Throughout his 40-year career in dive medicine and research, Moon has sought to gain a better understanding of cardiorespiratory function on the human body when subjected to environmental conditions such as being deep underwater or at high altitude.

According to DAN:

“His research into the effects of decompression has benefitted hundreds of divers suffering from decompression sickness and other dive-related injuries. Through his commitment and significant contributions to dive medicine, Dr. Moon has made diving safer for all.”

DAN President and CEO Bill Ziefle said:

“Any of Dr. Moon’s 40 years of service in dive medicine could have earned him this prestigious award; we hope he will accept this token of recognition for his lifetime of achievements. We are always looking for stand-out individuals who are making positive impacts on diving. We want to honor Dr. Moon’s heroic work on behalf of divers with this award.”

Check out a video of the award presentation below.

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.