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Hans Hass Award

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The Hans Hass Award was founded in 2002 by Leslie Leaney of the Historical Diving Society in the United States. It is awarded in recognition of contribution to the advancement of our knowledge of the ocean.[1] The award consists of a personalized Fifty Fathoms watch (only from 2012-2018) together with a framed cast bronze plaque, designed by ocean artist Wyland, which depicts Hans Hass wearing an oxygen rebreather during his solo 1949 Red Sea expedition.


The criteria for nomination requires that individuals or organisations who, in the spirit of Hans Hass’ pioneering work in the fields of underwater science, technology, arts and literature, have excelled at an international level in any of those fields.

It is presented by the Historical Diving Society and was sponsored by the Swiss watch manufacturer Blancpain between 2013-2022. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, no awards were presented between 2019 and 2022.

Award Winners[edit]

Source: Hans Hass Institute

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hans Hass Fifty Fathoms Award". Hans Hass Institut für Submarine Forschung und Tauchtechnik. Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Patrick Lahey and Victor Vescovo receive the Hans Hass Award". www.divenewswire.com. 12 December 2023. Archived from the original on 7 June 2024. Retrieved 7 June 2024.