Who is Dick Rutkowski?
1975-present: Founder of Hyperbarics International, Inc. in Key Largo, Florida. President and co-owner of Dive Incorporated. Past president and vice president of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Gulf Coast Chapter. Co-founder of International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers (IANTD); American Nitrox Divers International (ANDI); the International Board of Undersea Medicine; Undersea Breathing Systems; Undersea Research Foundation; the Alliance for Marine Ecology and Conservation (Costa Rica); and the Association of Marine Ecology and Conservations (Florida). I also organized and founded diving safety organizations such as the Florida Underwater Council and the Society of Diving Safety (SUDS).
2011: Presented with the Craig Hoffman Memorial/Charles W. Shilling Award at the 44th UHMS Annual Scientific Meeting for outstanding contribution to teaching, education and/or diving safety, with particular reference to supporting the goals of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society in educating the diving community and the public about the science and practice of diving and clinical hyperbaric medicine.
2012: Received the History of Diving Museum Dr. Joe Bauer Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Diving Community.
2012: Received the DEMA Diver Hall of Fame Reaching Out Award.
2015: Received the NAUI Hall of Honor Award, given at the Hall of Fame.
2017: Received the NAUI Lifetime Achievement Award.
2017: Elected into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame.
2018: Inducted into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame.
Accolades: For my long, dedicated service, I have received many awards and honors. Some of which include: Rutkowski Glacier in Antarctica (Latitude: 85°11’ S Longitude: 166°21’ E) named for me in 1967 by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names; the 1976 NOAA Public Service Award; a nomination for the 1976 Dade County (Florida) Outstanding Citizen Award; and a nomination for honorary Ph.D. from Florida International University. In 1995 I was elected to the Explorers Club as a Fellow. Organizations such as the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, the Florida Underwater Council, Divers Alert Network, the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI 4005), and the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI 536) have bestowed various honors and awards upon me during my career, including the Oldest Active Instructor 47 Year Appreciation Award (June 2011).