OZTek Awards

Celebrating the achievements and accomplishments of Australia's leading Divers and Dive Industry personnel - people who have helped push back the boundaries of knowledge and exploration, and whose efforts lead to the development and use of new diving technologies.

The presentation of the biennial OZTek Awards is a much-anticipated aspect of OZTek & the concluding Gala Awards Dinner.

2019 was no exception. Deserving winners were nominated by the diving public and this was the result!


David Strike was not able to receive his award on the night.


Industry Recognition Award

To acknowledge diving Industry members whose individual efforts have often had a far-reaching impact on the advancement and growth of diving.

Previous Recipients are:

Stephen Fordyce OZTek2019 Emerging Explorer
Stephen Fordyce - 2019 Emerging Explorer Award. 
Photo: David Bilbow


Acknowledgement of an up-&-coming diver for their contribution to exploration, research or training in the spirit of team work and community.

Ryan Kaczkowski - 2019 Technical Diver of the Year
Ryan Kaczkowski -  2019 Technical Diver of the Year 
Photo: David Bilbow

Technical Diver of The Year Award

For continued outstanding achievements in underwater exploration (includes elements of teamwork, mentoring and inspiration).

Previous Recipients are:

Matt Carter 2019 Media Excellence Award
Matt Carter: 2019 Media Excellence Award.
Photo: David Bilbow


Media Excellence Award

For ongoing promotion of ocean awareness and the diving industry, technical or otherwise.

Note: This award is only given in outstanding circumstances

Previous Recipients are:




Lifetime Achievement Award

An award which speaks for itself.

Previous Recipients are:

  • Valerie Taylor
Scott Willan receives his Outstanding Achievement Award from John Dalla-Zuanna
Scott Willan receives his 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award from John Dalla-Zuanna (left)   Photo: Chris Millbern



Outstanding Achievement Award

To recognise deserving individuals whose achievements embody the spirit of diving adventure, exploration and teamwork.

Previous Recipients are: