Richard comes from a background in the sciences. After earning a degree in Biology and Information Engineering he put his skills to use in pharmaceutical research and development before becoming a professional freediver in 2008. Richard has been certified to instructor level by several agencies, most notably by Umberto Pelizzari of the Apnea Academy and AIDA International where he is now an Instructor Trainer and member AIDA Education. His dedicated training with some of the best freedivers in the world earned him a place in the German national team at the AIDA Team World Championships 2008 in Sharm El Sheikh, after which he decided to put his experience and training into freediving education full time. Before co-founding We Freedive with Sarah Witcher he had been working with several of the most active freediving schools in the world.