Do you know Dick Rutkowski?
Father of NITROX, one of founder IANTD (INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NITROX & TECHNICAL DIVERS). The first diving agency who introduced Enriched Air Nitrox to Recreational Divers👌🏻
Source of the article: Scuba Guru https://scubaguru.com/lxd-016-dick-rutkowski-father-of-enriched-air-nitrox-hyperbaric-medical-training/
Dick Rutkowski – Father of Enriched Air Nitrox & Hyperbaric Medical Training
In this episode of The League of Extraordinary Divers I chat with Dick Rutkowski, legendary pioneer of Enriched Air Nitrox and Hyperbaric Medicine.
Dick is a pioneer in the field of hyperbaric medicine, diving medicine and breathing gases for the treatment of divers and clinical patients. He has taught over 8000 medical and diving professionals worldwide in his clinical and diving medical seminars through his company Hyperbarics International.
Dick joined the Navy in 1950, became a radio operator, and was assigned in both the polar regions of Antarctica and the Canadian northwest territories. He then went on to be with the Environmental Science Services Administration, which became NOAA the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he was part of the NOAA Experimental Diving Lab. In the 1980’s Dick “retired” to Key Largo, but there is nothing retired about him. He has continued to consult and teach diving and clinical hyperbaric medical programs, gases and other life-support systems for the undersea world. He still continues to do science, education, consulting and inventing to this day.
Dick has been the past president of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, and the co-founder of ANDI (American Nitrox Divers International) and IANTD (International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers). He also organized and founded diving safety organizations such as the Florida Underwater Council and the Society of Diving Safety.
He has won numerous awards including a NOAA Public Service Award, the Craig Hoffman Memorial/Charles W. Shilling Award by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, the Dr. Joe Bauer Memorial Award by the History of Diving Museum, the DEMA Reaching Out Award, the NAUI Hall of Honor Award and NAUI Lifetime Achievement Award. He has also been inducted into the DEMA Hall of Fame, the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame, and as a Fellow Emeritus in the Explorers Club. Dick even has a glacier in the Antarctic named after him – the Rutkowski Glacier!