Canadian Explorers
Canadian Explorers

Canada's greatest explorers 2015

Phil Nuytten

Photo credit: Courtesy Nuytco Research Ltd.

Deep sea innovator

Expertise: Invention, Diving, Water

By Leah Gerber

Phil Nuytten couldn’t stay in high school — he was too anxious to explore the ocean. So he quit and began his commercial diving career. Decades later, in 1983, his most famous dive was to the Breadalbane, the world’s northernmost known shipwreck.

He is best known, however, as an inventor and builder of deep-sea diving equipment and submersibles, and established world-leading companies CanDive, Oceaneering International and Newtco. His hard-suits, the Newtsuit and the Exosuit (“one-atmosphere systems”), are used by explorers and navies around the globe, having made it possible for humans to dive deeper for longer, more safely. He and his team are also training astronauts to operate their DeepWorker submersibles for asteroid work, and however farfetched it may sound, he is designing Vent-Based Alpha, an undersea one-atmosphere colony dedicated to extracting minerals from deep ocean heat vents.


Canadian Geographic Magazine
Canadian Atlas Online | Canadian Geographic Photo Club | Kids | Canadian Contests | Canadian Lesson Plans

Royal Canadian Geographical Society | Canadian Geographic Education | Canadian Geographic Challenge | Canadian Award for Environmental Innovation

Jobs | Internships | Submission Guidelines

© 2021 Canadian Geographic Enterprises