Diving with a rebreather system can help you improve your gas efficiency, enjoy longer dive times, and get closer to aquatic life.
This section explains how to make six (6) scuba training dives with a PADI Rebreather Instructor to get certified as a Rebreather Diving Specialist.
Signing up for specialist scuba courses is the ideal path to take if you want to learn new techniques and experience different kinds of underwater exploration.
Furthermore, you will get the best opportunity to acquire superior knowledge and skills in the diving activities that interest you the most because a 'Specialty Instructor' will be supervising the training.
There are minimum age requirements and maximum depth limits for all the specialties that require scuba training dives in open water.
As a result, before you can enrol in the PADI Rebreather Diver course you will need to be (all):
Important: Even though scuba certifications do not expire, we recommend taking the PADI ReActivate® refresher course if you have been inactive from diving for a while (e.g. longer than six months).
You can also achieve some of the benefits of nitrox diving by using the standard mix of EANx36 (sometimes higher concentrations).
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In general, it is much easier for divers with a busy schedule to choose the online learning option to start scuba lessons.
Being able to complete the independent study portion of a multiple day course offers you some flexibility and convenience.
As long as you have a computer or a mobile device, you will be able to study the knowledge development portion at your own pace (online or offline).
Of course, you are going to learn how a rebreather works. This part takes place through a combination of self-study and instructor-guided lessons.
But, you'll also use the manufacturer's literature and checklists to learn more about the type of rebreather that you will be diving with.
So, the six training dives give you time to work on:
Note: Another guide explains the basics about Type R rebreathers, including why they're becoming more popular, how they function, and how the features differ to those used in open-circuit scuba diving.
CCRs can recycle all the gas that a diver exhales. Plus, there will only be a few tiny bubbles escaping from the unit as the diver ascends (to release expanding gas).
You need to have two gas supplies to operate a closed circuit rebreather. In most cases, you will be using air as a diluent gas and 100% oxygen.
Using a semi-closed circuit means you will only be recycling some of the exhaled gas. In other words, there will be a steady stream of bubbles (or short bursts) escaping - away from your face.
Semi-closed circuit rebreathers only need to have one gas supply. In most cases, the breathing gas should be enriched air nitrox.
The term 'deep dives' has a different meaning in recreational scuba diving than it does in technical diving.
The deepest dive made for recreational purposes should not be below forty metres (130 feet). Whereas, a professional technical diver can go down to sixty (60) metres (200 feet).
We refer to the US Navy decompression dive tables to answer this question. Divers can only stay at forty seven metres (160 feet) for around five minutes before they need to decompress during the ascent.
The Titanic is resting at a depth of 2,100 fathoms (12,500 feet). Because normal air consumption through a standard tank only lasts about fifteen minutes at 40 metres, scuba diving to the Titanic is impossible.
Fun Fact: The deepest scuba dive ever made is 332.35 metres (1,090 feet) undertaken by Ahmed Gabr in September 2014 in Dahab, the Red Sea. Using open circuit scuba, it took only fifteen (15) minutes to make the descent, but the ascent took thirteen (13) hours and thirty five (35) minutes.
Nonetheless, PADI does consent to a kind of 'solo diving' through the Self-Reliant Diver certification course, which is available in Pattaya, Thailand.
You may have seen divers make 'flying saucer' bubbles ascend from the abyss to the surface. So, what is a divers bubble ring? Our blog article explains the technique for blowing ring bubble circles underwater.
Divers share a common responsibility to protect and conserve nature. As a result, interacting passively with aquatic animals helps to safeguard the habitats of delicate and sensitive sea life.
Even after qualifying to dive on a specific Type R rebreather unit you would also need to qualify to dive on a different model.
But, there's no requirement to complete another full course. Instead, you can enrol in the PADI Rebreather Qualifier program to focus on (of the different rebreather unit):
You will earn a new certification card after the successful completion of the program (e.g. PADI Rebreather Diver or Advanced Rebreather Diver).
Suppose you don't go diving for longer than six months. There is a simple way to refresh the knowledge and skills that you already learned.
After a long period of inactivity, taking the PADI Rebreather Refresher program will help you brush up on the safety procedures and diving fundamentals for rebreathers.
You must be in good physical and mental health and be medically fit for recreational scuba diving. You can review the Diver Medical Participant Questionnaire Online to check whether you need to be evaluated by a physician.
It is not appropriate to ask dive staff (e.g. divemasters, instructors) for medical advice or clearance to go diving. Instead, you can contact the Divers Alert Network (DAN) if you have questions about your medical fitness to dive.
We have qualified instructors and expert dive guides who can teach in several languages, including English, Thai, and Chinese.
The price includes (all):
Important: You will usually be making two (2) scuba training dives in the same day. The PADI flying after diving guidelines say you need to wait a minimum of eighteen (18) hours after the second dive before you go to altitude. Please send an email to our team if you need further information.
Most of the information and advice in this section focuses on deep scuba diving activities which we usually conduct from a boat in Thailand.
Note: The short video presented by PADI highlights what to expect when taking the Deep Diver Specialty course. It also emphasises how the protocols and procedures for scuba divers vary at some of the deepest dive sites around the world.
Even so, the PADI® Rebreather Diver course combines really well with several other specialty courses such as, AWARE Shark Conservation, Boat Diver, Delayed Surface Marker Buoy (DSMB) Diver, Multilevel Diver, and Wreck Diver.
Note: All course prices for diving are subject to change and assume that all prerequisites have been met to start the training. Click here to contact the team at Private Scuba in Thailand to make a booking or send an enquiry.