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The Man Who Made Your Diving Safer

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Not many divers these days are aware of what Dick Rutkowski did for sport diving, but he's given you a safety factor that just didn't exist three decades ago.

Back then, Florida Keys dive operators were talking about sinking wrecks in 130 feet of water, and Dick thought that to breathe air at that depth was a mistake. Having just retired from a career in government diving, which included research with Morgan Wells into using oxygen-enriched air by research divers, he proposed that these Florida divers breathed what we now know as nitrox. He said that, in fact, all sport divers could add safety to their diving by reducing the proportion of nitrogen they inhaled and absorbed....


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