Rick Stanton is a British civilian cave diving explorer who also undertakes rescues through the British Cave Rescue Council. He has been called “one of the world’s most accomplished cave-divers,” “the face of British cave diving,” and “the best cave diver in Europe”. In 2013, he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire. In 2018, he played a leading role in the Tham Luang cave rescue of a Thai soccer team, and was awarded the George Medal in the Civilian Gallantry List, and the Pride of Britain Award for Outstanding Bravery. His autobiography, Aquanaut: A Life Beneath the Surface is forthcoming from Penguin UK. He worked as a firefighter for 25 years before retiring, and lives in Coventry.