Former Navy Diver as NHC’s Global Training Manager


The National Hyperbaric Centre or NHC welcomes Lieutenant Commander Richard Watson aboard to hold the position as Global Training Manager. He goes by the nickname “Soapy” derived from “Watson” which is the soap brand that the Royal Navy used during his early career in the Navy.

In 1984, “Soapy” joined the Royal Navy as a diver. Most of the tasks assigned to him involved underwater engineering and bomb disposal responsibilities. He became an Officer in 2000, held numerous positions in the Navy including Head of Diving Training (UK) and Client Representative/Diving Standards Officer for the Ministry of Defense.

Although Watson will be the NHC’s new Global Training Manager, he will not cease his service in the Royal Navy as a reservist and will still perform his duties as OIC of Reserves Diving Unit 2 which provides operation and supervision assistance to the Submarine Rescue System of NATO.

“I am truly delighted to be joining the NHC in these very exciting times and hope to bring my knowledge and experience of diving/underwater operations and management to the competitive arena of training to make NHC the best training organisation in our specialist field.” Watson stated.

The NHC aims for further improvement in terms of training, consulting and other subsea services. In line with this, NHC recently established a new office in Singapore for the purpose of providing regular training courses.


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