Ortolani, BA., AQ.
is married, 55 and lives in Irving, Texas. He is an accomplished educator
and foundation - development expert who helped found Grenville Christian
College in Canada. He is an experienced Dive Master and a member of
the Explorers Club of New York. Dan is an avid mountaineer and has
led many expeditions and first ascents.
Cycling: Dan organized and participated in two cycling races:
Tour du Canada which started on Vancouver Island and ended at the
Atlantic Ocean in Newfoundland! 1988 & 1990.
> Hot Air Ballooning:
Dan organized the Great Balloon Rodeo from 1990-1997 including the
1994 North American Hot Air Ballooning Championships.
> 1997 Expedition
Inspiration: Dan made the Baffin Island First Ascents as well as the
first long distance live satellite transmission.
> 1997 Baffin Island/Scott
Carpenter Space Analog Station collaboration. Dan organized a long
distance education link between students in Baffin with aquanaut Dennis
Chamberland who was conducting a mission undersea in Florida.
> 2000 Millennium
Kilimanjaro Expedition: Dan organized and led a group of teenagers
from around the US and Canada to summit Kilimanjaro on daybreak of
the new millennium. Satellite technology was used to communicate images
and sound to classrooms across the US and Canada.
> 2001 Summit For
Danny: Dan organized an expedition to Bylot Island
in the Canadian Arctic to raise funds for the Southern California
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Center. He made a first accent in honor of
Danny! Satellite technology was used to communicate directly with
CBS affiliate in Santa Barbara Ca. each evening to provide progress
of the climb.
> First Dive Class
started and completed undersea: In the course of his
instruction, Dan and brother Art accomplished a first. In April
2003, they certified four students who were new to diving by conducting
the world’s first all-underwater dive class.
Conducted first all
undersea dive class.