Dr. Phil Nuytten and his wife Mary visited SBMM

Dr. Phil Nuytten and his wife Mary visited SBMM with Marine Megatropolis photographer Bob Evans and Susanne Chess (Photo shows Bob, Susanne, Phil and Mary Left to Right).

Phil Nuytten co-founded Oceaneering International with Lad Handelman. Oceaneering built the JIM Suit, and went on to become the largest underwater skill company in the world.

Dr. Phil Nuytten, the CEO of Nuytco, is world-renowned in undersea exploration and technology. He has logged many thousands of hours underwater throughout the world, working as a commercial diver, developing equipment and diving techniques for the commercial, scientific, military and technical diving industries.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Dr. Nuytten was heavily involved in experimental deep diving and the development of mixed-gas decompression tables. He was a member of the team that completed the first 600fsw ocean “bounce” dives on Project Nesco, and in 1972, he wrote the protocol for “Deep Work 1,000,” the first North Amercian thousand-foot saturation dive. These early projects helped set the international standards in use today. During this time, Dr. Nuytten was the co-founder of Oceaneering International, Inc., which went on to become one of the largest underwater skills company in the world and provided a vehicle for many early subsea development projects.

In 2000, Dr. Nuytten introduced a new concept for an ultra lighweight swimming hardhat suit called the “Exosuit,” which is being considered by the Canadian Department of Defense as a submarine escape device. Besides the NOGI, Dr. Nuytten has earned many international honors and awards, including commercial diving’s highest award from the Diving Contractors International, induction into the Commercial Diving Hall of Fame and the Explorers Club Lowell Thomas award. In 1992, Dr. Nuytten was awarded the Order of British Columbia, his home province’s highest honor, in recognition of his role in making British Columbia known as one of the world centers of underwater technology.