In most countries ‘Diver of the Year’ awards go often too divers who have pushed the boundary of the sport, for depth or overhead penetration etc. Finland though awards an often overlooked side of diving, which is its application grow human knowledge and the 2022 awardee for Finnish Diver of the Year is just such.
Minna Koivikko PhD, is a maritime archeologist working for the Finnish Heritage Agency who has been involved with many ground breaking projects in the Baltic Sea over her extensive career. She was the first maritime archeologist on Finland to complete a PhD, on the recycling of shipwrecks, and presently leads up the ‘End of Glory Days’ project on the lost Swedish navy from 1405-1805 as part of the ovrall Lost Navy Project. These projects have all involved extensive scientific diving, leading the application of developing technologies, most recently of which is kickstarting the use of CCR within the Heritage Agency to be able to better access deeper sites of interest.
It is due to her large contributions to both the scientific community and her excellent outreach work to the general public, on the use of diving in martime archeology the Finnish Diving Federation awarded her the Diver of the Year 2022.
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