Photo credit: Aberdeen Sub-Aqua Club, 2023 winners

BSAC’s premier award, the Heinke Trophy, is live for 2024, and all clubs are invited to take part. 

Now in its 66th year, the trophy is awarded to the BSAC club considered to have done the most to further the interests of its members and BSAC.  

Following BSAC’s 70th anniversary, the Heinke Trophy 2024 aims to show how our clubs are rising to the challenges of recent years to continue training, diving and thriving.

With 2024 a key year for the BSAC strategy, the award adjudicators are particularly keen for clubs to showcase their expedition and environmental project work, their training initiatives, ways in which they have connected with others to build the BSAC community and increased the skills and capabilities within their club.

Heinke Trophy adjudicators Phil Harrison, MBE, Tony Marshall, and Kevin Phillips hoped that as many clubs as possible would participate in the 2024 Heinke Trophy.

“Entering the Heinke Trophy offers clubs the chance to show how they have celebrated the past 70 years of BSAC and to put the spotlight on their own diving and club activities. By sharing these experiences, other clubs and BSAC diving as a whole will also benefit,” Phil Harrison explained. 

The winner of the Heinke Trophy 2024 will be announced at the end of September before being  presented with the trophy at the BSAC Diving Conference on 19 October.  The winning club will also receive a cheque for £1,000 to spend on its activities.  

Interested? Register your club for the Heinke Trophy 2024 now.

Chester SAC

How to enter the Heinke Trophy 2024

The Heinke Trophy is open to BSAC clubs of all sizes – UK-based and overseas, diving or snorkelling (or both), well-established or new.  The entry process has been refreshed to make it easier for clubs to enter, with the option to submit a digital/electronic/multi-media entry as well as traditional formats.

  • To take part in the Heinke Trophy 2024, interested clubs have until the 30 June to register their intention to enter. 
  • They will then be required to compile their Heinke Trophy 2024 report, which must be submitted by 15 September. Your final report needs to cover your club’s progress and achievements between 1 January 2023 and 31 December 2023.
  • Our Heinke Trophy 2024 winner will be announced at the end of September and will be presented with the trophy at this year’s BSAC Diving Conference on Saturday 19 October.  

To register your club’s intention to enter the Heinke Trophy 2024 and for further information on this year’s award as well as past winners, go to

Five reasons to enter the Heinke 2024

  1. Showcases your club. You can share your club’s achievements as well as learnings, which can benefit other BSAC clubs too. 
  2. Great fundraising tool. For many, the Heinke Trophy winner title has helped in grant funding applications.
  3. Cash prize. The winning club receives a £1,000 cheque to be spent on club activities.
  4. Boost for your members. Numerous previous winners have commented on the motivating impact applying for the trophy has had on their members.
  5. Increased publicity. Previous trophy winners have successfully used their award to get publicity in their local media. 
We are so proud of what we have achieved - we are now over 100 members strong, run There were squeals of excitement, big grins, and sighs of relief when we were informed that our club had been awarded the 2023 Heinke Trophy! This means so much to our club members and is a truly great recognition of all we have done to bring diving to more people in the Northeast of Scotland.

   - Aberdeen SAC – Heinke Trophy winners 2023

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