PADI Rebreather

Get longer no stop limits, reduced gas consumption (reuse most of your exhaled gas), & unmatched wildlife encounters because you don't release annoying bubbles.

Description

Rebreathers used to be only for technical diving, but not any more. New Type R (recreational) rebreathers are lightweight, easy-to-transport and have sophisticated electronics to simplify their use. Why dive a rebreather? You get longer no stop limits, reduced gas consumption because you reuse most of your exhaled gas, and unmatched wildlife encounters because you don’t release annoying bubbles. The PADI Rebreather Diver course introduces you to rebreather diving to a maximum depth of 18 metres/60 feet and lets you experience things you never imagined possible as a scuba diver.

To enroll in the PADI Rebreather Diver course, you must:

Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organizations may apply – ask your PADI Rebreather Instructor.

Academic

Through self-study and instructor-guided sessions, you’ll learn how rebreathers work and the importance of proper setup and maintenance. Because rebreathers vary significantly, you’ll also study the manufacturer’s literature for the type of rebreather you’ll train on. During six dives, you’ll work on:

  • Performing proper predive checks

  • Developing the habit of keeping the loop closed when the mouthpiece is not in your mouth

  • Doing bubble checks, bailout drills and handling other potential problems

  • Fine-tuning buoyancy control

  • Monitoring displays and gauges

  • Post-dive procedures and disassembly

Equipment

You’ll want to have your maskfins and exposure suitSnorkels are optional, but a collapsible snorkel can be carried in your pocket. You’ll also need a Delayed Surface Marker Buoy (DSMB) and reel. Your PADI Rebreather Instructor will advise you about the Type R rebreather you’ll learn to use.

After certification as a PADI Rebreather Diver, you’ll need to qualify if you want to use a different rebreather model because procedures vary with each model. However, you don’t need to repeat the entire course. Just take a PADI Rebreather Qualifier program that focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to use a different Type R rebreather model.

Your instructor will make sure that all Type R rebreathers used in PADI courses meet requirements, such as being third party tested and that manufacturers ensure their rebreathers meet a comprehensive list of requirements.


PADI Advanced Rebreater

Dive in silence and train to dive as deep as 40 metres/130 feet. Learn about scrubbers, oxygen consumption and bailout requirements including how to configure a bailout cylinder system.

Description

If you’re interested in rebreathers for their silence and maximized no stop dive time, and are happy to stay within recreational diving depth limits, then the PADI Advanced Rebreather Diver course is for you. This course builds on your PADI Rebreather Diver certification by expanding your knowledge, adding a bailout cylinder, and training you to dive as deep as 40 metres/130 feet. If you aren’t a certified rebreather diver yet, no problem – ask your PADI Rebreather Instructor about combining the PADI Rebreather and Advanced Rebreather Diver courses.

To enroll in the PADI Advanced Rebreather Diver course, you must:

To dive deeper than 30 metres/100 feet, you must be a PADI Deep Diver.

Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organizations may apply – ask your PADI Rebreather Instructor.

Academic

Through self-study and instructor-guided sessions, you’ll learn about scrubbers, oxygen consumption and bailout requirements, including how to configure a bailout cylinder system. Because rebreathers vary significantly, you’ll also study the manufacturer’s literature for the type of rebreather you’ll train on. During one confined water dive and four open water dives, you’ll practice bailout and other emergency procedures, as well as planning and executing deep rebreather dives.

Equipment

Beyond your maskfins and exposure suit, plus collapsible snorkel, if you have one, your PADI Rebreather Instructor will advise you about the Type R rebreather you’ll use. Your instructor will also fit you with a bailout cylinder system with open-circuit regulator and SPG.

After certification, you’ll need to qualify if you want to use a different rebreather model because procedures vary with each model. However, you don’t need to repeat the entire course. Just take a PADI Rebreather Qualifier program that focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to use a different Type R rebreather model.

Your instructor will make sure that all Type R rebreathers used in PADI courses meet requirements, such as being third party tested and that manufacturers ensure their rebreathers meet a comprehensive list of requirements.
Interested in technical diving? The PADI Advanced Rebreather Diver course may credit toward the Tec 40 CCR Diver course on the same rebreather. For more information, find a PADI Dive Center or Resort that offers PADI TecRec courses.