Craig Challen is an Australian cave explorer. After commencing cave diving in the 1990's he was an early adopter of closed-circuit mixed gas rebreathers.
Notable explorations include the extension of Cocklebiddy Cave on the Nullarbor Plain of Australia in 2008 and the Pearse Resurgence in New Zealand over the last 10 years. He has additionally explored caves throughout Australia and New Zealand and in China, Thailand, Vanuatu and the Cook Islands.
Craig also has an avid interest in shipwreck diving and has explored sites over the last 15 years in the South China Sea, Solomon Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
A veterinary surgeon by profession, now retired, Craig is also an enthusiastic helicopter and aeroplane pilot.
In July 2018 Craig participated as a diver in the Tham Luang cave rescue in Thailand.
Craig was named joint winner of the Australian of the Year award in 2019 along with his dive partner, Dr Richard Harris for the Thai cave rescue.