Richie Kohler Jr.

Richie Kohler diverRichie Kohler’s diving experiences may have began in the waters surrounding his Brooklyn NY, roots, but for over thirty years his passion for diving and exploring shipwrecks has taken him to all corners of the globe.

He has explored and documented well-known shipwrecks such as the Andera Doria, RMS Titanic, and the HMHS Britannic, but it was the identification of the WWII German submarine, U-869, which catapulted his diving career into the world of television and underwater documentary filmmaking. That six-year effort has been the subject of several television documentaries and a best-selling book, Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson. The New York Times bestseller is soon to be a major motion picture by 20th Century Fox. Alongside diving partner John Chatterton, Kohler co-hosted 57 episodes of the History Channel series, Deep Sea Detectives, multiple documentary specials and continues to work on underwater projects for the film and television industry.

Currently residing with his wife Carrie Kohler in Sutton, MA, Kohler has two children, Richie III and Nikki. Currently, Kohler is conducting technical dive training, lecturing and leading expeditions to explore shipwrecks worldwide.




Diving Certifications

  • 1976 - Junior scuba diver
  • 1977 - Basic scuba
  • 1982 - Advanced open water
  • 1993 - Advanced technical nitrox and tri-mix
  • 2004 - Cavern / Full Cave
  • 2005 – Evolution CCR (air diluent)
  • 2005 – CCR Cave
  • 2006 - CPR first responder
  • 2006 – Evolution CCR (mixed gas)
  • 2006 – Megladon CCR (air diluent)
  • 2007 - Rescue Diver & Dive Master
  • 2007 - Open water Instructor
  • 2007 – Advanced Wreck Diving Instructor
  • 2007 - Advanced Nitrox Instructor
  • 2007 - Evolution CCR Instructor
  • 2008 – Evolution Mixed Gas CCR Instructor
  • 2009 – Sentinel CCR (air diluent)
  • 2009 – Sentinel CCR Instructor

Film & Television

  • 2000 - Subject of the PBS NOVA 2-hour documentary Hitler’s Lost Sub, winner of both the IDA and Writers Guild awards detailing the 6-year quest to identify an unknown U-boat wreck off of New Jersey USA.
  • 2003/2005 - Co-hosted fifty-seven episodes of the History Channel series Deep Sea Detectives.
  • 2005- Appeared on the National Geographic program The Sea Hunters. Worked with Clive Cussler’s team on the 2004 discovery and identification of the U-215.
  • 2005 – Appeared on History Channel program Digging for the Truth episode, “Cleopatra’s Palace”.
  • 2005 – Interview on 60 Minutes regarding Shadow Divers, by Robert Kurson.
  • 2006- Interviewed on Good Morning America for Missing Pieces.
  • 2006 - Subject and executive producer of the History Channel's 2-hour documentary Titanic's Final Moments: Missing Pieces, detailing new forensic evidence about Titanic's sinking. (Winner of the 2006 Bronze Telly award.)
  • 2007- Subject and executive producer of the History Channel 2-hour documentary Titanic's Achilles Heel, sequel to the 2006 program, further detailing the post sinking investigation and  modern forensic analysis.
  • 2007 – Subject and executive producer of the History Channel's 1-hour program, Titanic's Lost Sister: Britannic.
  • 2009 – National Geographic film and dive team member to HMHS Britannic, (film project canceled due to the death of expedition leader Carl Spencer while diving the wreck).
  • 2014 – National Geographic/Nova Documentary film on Germany's U-boat attack against America, (air date 2015) Working title, Nazi Attack on America






Richie Kohler's Diving Accomplishments

  • 1985- First dive on the Andrea Doria, 124 dives to the wreck since then.
  • 1991 - 1996, with partner John Chatterton, positively identified an unknown German U-boat wreck located off the NJ coast as the U-869.
  • 1999 - U.S. leader of a British/American team to locate and identify numerous World War I and World War II German U-boats in the English Channel.
  • 2002 - Identified the remains of the USS Murphy, a World War II American destroyer, located 90 miles from New York harbor.
  • 2004 - Located and identified the U-215, the first German U boat to be located in Canadian waters, 150 miles south of Nova Scotia.
  • 2005 – Awarded “Diver of the Year”, (Arts), at Beneath the Sea.
  • 2005 - Led the History Channel Expedition’s award winning documentary to the RMS Titanic, documenting new evidence and wreckage.
  • 2006 - Led the History Channel Expedition to explore and document the wreck of Titanic's sister ship, HMHS Britannic.
  • 2006 – Inducted into the Divers Hall of Fame, California Wreck divers.
  • 2007 – Documented the wreck of the WWII American submarine, USS Lagarto for the Wisconsin Maritime Museum and PBS in the Gulf Of Thailand.
  • 2009 – Exploration diver on the National Geographic expedition to HMHS Britannic.
  • 2012 – Presented at RF3 (re-breather forum 3) on technical diving safety
  • 2014 – Worked with Dr. Bob Ballard documenting deep shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico, including the German submarine U-166