New Inductees

We're excited to welcome the latest members of our hall of fame, starting with the incoming group of inductees for this year. They will join the ranks of diving’s elite during our big annual ceremony.

Stephen Frink

Stephen Frink (USA)

Significant Career Achievement and/or Industry Contribution

As a freelance photographer for over forty years, Stephen Frink has been a leading promoter of the Florida Keys diving product.

Dick Rutkowski

Dick Rutkowski (USA)

Significant Career Achievement and/or Industry Contribution

Dick Rutkowski helped popularize the use of nitrox among sport divers through the International Association of Nitrox Divers (IAND), which he founded and which later become International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers (IANTD) under president Tom Mount.

Dr. H.S. Batuna

Dr. H.S. Batuna (Indonesia, honoured posthumously)

Significant Career Achievement and/or Industry Contribution

Dr. Batuna was a visionary medical doctor and diver, who over several decades, successfully developed a recreational diving operation and resort in a new location in Indonesia.

Wulf H. Koehler

Wulf H. Koehler (Germany)

Significant Career Achievement and/or Industry Contribution

As a scientist, engineer, inventor, dive instructor, pilot, photographer, journalist and writer, Wulf Koehler has dedicated a major part of his life to the sea by educating divers, instructing underwater photographers and manufacturing underwater camera housings.

Boris Porotov (Kazakhstan, USSR)

Boris Porotov (Kazakhstan, USSR)

Significant Career Achievement and/or Industry Contribution

Boris Porotov was a self-taught scuba diver in Russia in 1960, at a time when no manufactured equipment or instruction material of any kind was available.

Captain Philippe Tailliez

Captain Philippe Tailliez (France, honoured posthumously with the 2018 Early Pioneer Award)

Significant Career Achievement and/or Industry Contribution

As a French naval Lieutenant, Captain Philippe Tailliez introduced Midshipman Jacques Yves Cousteau to free diving at Le Mourillon in 1936. Tailliez coached Cousteau through spearfishing and two years later introduced him to Frederic Dumas.