Stephen Fordyce

Stephen Fordyce might sometimes be described as a mad professor (and has also been labelled "baby face" and "skinny runt") but has been making his mark on the technical diving scene in Australia both with his diving exploits and technical innovation/invention.

An long-time adventurer (co-recipient of Australian Geographic's "Young Adventurer of the Year 2006) and a technical diver since 2009, a parallel passion for 'dry' caving has seen Stephen pursue cave exploration opportunities through sump diving - where access to the dive site is typically remote and involves many technical caving obstacles, and the dive itself is often tight, silty and generally not very glamorous. He also enjoys ocean diving and more conventional cave diving in more favourable circumstances.

Stephen Fordyce presenting at OZTek2019 Advanced Diving Conference

 

As an example, Stephen led the first dive on the 'Drowned Apostles' off Victoria's Shipwreck Coast in 2016 - a unique site in 60m near the iconic 'Twelve Apostles' from which rock samples were collected and photos taken.

Stephen has dived many caves around Australia and further afield - being a successful push diver at the pointy end of projects in Elk River Cave (Victoria), Growling Swallet and Niggly Caves (Tasmania), on the Nullarbor (WA) and West Timor (Indonesia). The logistical challenges and cost/benefit analysis of camping in caves (including beyond sumps) are of particular to interest to Stephen.

Stephen Fordyce presenting at OZTek2019 Advanced Diving Conference

With a degree in Mechatronics Engineering and a professional background of designing industrial gas equipment, Stephen started TFM Engineering Australia, to combine his passions for "making cool stuff" and technical diving, and now works full time designing and building technical diving equipment of all shapes and sizes.

Stephen Fordyce presenting at OZTek2019 Advanced Diving Conference