Let Us Teach You
For rebreather training (basic, advanced and technical) please see instructor credentials at who we are. We have been diving closed circuit rebreathers for 20 years!
- Instruction and certification can be undertaken with either IANTD or TDI
- We teach on the following rebreather to Instructor Trainer Trainer level, as well as many sub categories including CCR Expedition Trimix:
- Hollis Prism
- Megalodon, and others.
Cost for the basic rebreather class is $1700.00 plus expenses.
Contact Us for details on this or other courses.
Some Thoughts On Training.
The most important safety decision you make once you decide to buy a rebreather is not the model of unit you buy but the instructor you find and the training you take.
Training above all will set you on the path to rebreather safety. With training you will gain good habits, fundamental rebreather knowledge, a sound skill set and above all the right attitude. The time and effort spent on deciding which rebreather to buy should be equaled when looking for an instructor. Get good instruction, continue to practice your skills, and continue to learn your craft. Test yourself and never think you have reached the point where you can’t learn more or improve. Take advanced classes. Continue to learn.
“You pay peanuts you get monkeys” Economics is most definitely a function of rebreather safety. If you can’t afford good training then leave the rebreather until you can. I have paid close to twenty thousand dollars for training over the years of my diving career and do not regret a single penny spent or regretted a course taken. As one moves up the ladder of learning you pay more and learn less by volume. However there will always be new things you learn and most importantly your skills are tested against a standard and under pressure.
It will never happen, but if I had my way there would be a re-certification process for rebreathers with individuals being forced to prove their competence with the rebreather every 12 months. Like all skills, rebreather skills are easily eroded and need to be practiced to the point where they are as easy as scratching ones nose. I know of many divers who may well have been competent at the time of certification but a year or more down the line from a lack of practice or thought they have only a rudimentary understanding of what they are doing. If you are in this category take the basic course again, or pay for a refresher. If you took a rebreather certification class a second time or completed a refresher class you would be happy and surprised at how much you learnt.
Advanced courses is another option. Many people use friends or dive buddies as mentors which is great providing they are giving you good information. Further education is another option; take a Trimix CCR class as another route to checking your competence of old skills and learning new ones. Many CCR divers that were OC Trimix prior to buying a rebreather don’t bother with a CCR Trimix course, this is fair enough in many instances (although I see many making rookie CCR Trimix mistakes) but once again we come back to that point of taking courses to test knowledge and practice skills against a standard and to dive with people who perhaps have greater knowledge and skill than yourself.
As said previously try and find the best instructor one can. There are good ones out there. There are also some poor ones so do your homework before deciding to take a course. Get training, get trained, get educated, progress slowly, get more training and remember you don’t know as much as you think you do. There is a common discussion in the rebreather ranks about individuals that are self taught or taught by mentors! I believe it is possible and some have done a good job of it, but this is not the norm. People have made all the mistakes before why make them again or perhaps dive never knowing the mistakes you are making as many do. Is it possible to teach yourself? Yes. Is it the best way, no!
A training course can’t teach you everything. It is a point at which to start. To learn everything would simply take too long and cost too much. Continue self training, revisit course material, dive with better divers try to learn from others and mentally rehearse scenarios in your mind. When trying to further your knowledge the internet is a great source for information. However it is difficult to know what is good information and what is bad when you don’t know. Just because someone makes more noise than someone else does not mean they know more than everyone else.
There was a particular individual who loved the sound of his own key board and actively boasted of his feats diving to deep depths with a rebreather wholly inappropriate for that task. The fact that until then he had gotten away with it is not proof of sound judgment or advice.
Get good training, continue to train and test your level of competence under pressure.