Members of our Community

Jaques Lavanchy

Lavanchy served as PADI Europe’s CEO and president in the 1980s and 1990s. Under his leadership, PADI experienced double-digit growth and grew into the region’s leading and largest diver training organization. In 1996, Lavanchy launched the Project AWARE Foundation in Europe, establishing a new growth base and diver participation for the organization’s marine preservation initiatives.

John Geurts

John Geurts, Vice President of CMAS Europe, and former president of the Netherland Diving Federation (NOB) have been nominated in 2021 for the Lavanchy award of the European Undersea Diving Federation (EUF). 

During the EUF General Assembly last May, John Geurts won the award in Eliat, Israel.

The EUF recognised in this way his enormous contribution in the medical and scientific areas to diving.