Rebreather Forum 3 is taking place this weekend in Orlando, Florida, and Action Scuba is there.
What is Rebreather Forum 3 (RF3)? It’s a gathering of all of the leaders in the rebreather diving industry to talk about advances in the sport, new product launches and ways to bring rebreather diving to more recreational divers.
So it’s no surprise Action Scuba is there. Our team of rebreather divers, including Gary, owner of Action Scuba, is on hand to learn how to help more and more Montrealers enjoy diving bubble free.
Once the exclusive domain of only the wealthiest and hard core technical and cave divers, the involvement of PADI in recent years means that rebreathers are now becoming accessible to almost anyone, including recreational divers who never intend to surpass 130 feet.
Now there are both technical and recreational rebreathers on the market, and PADI offers standardized courses to help you get certified.
Ah you ask, what exactly IS a rebreather? Well, in simple terms, it is a diving system where the air you breather is recirculated, cleaned and reused. A closed circuit rebreather is one where virtually all of the air is recycled and reused, with little to no air leaving the system. This means that when diving closed circuit, you will have no bubbles. It also means that through use of a scrubber system, you can have longer dives than with air tanks, because there is no waste.
Most rebreathers also use a built in computerized system to manage the gas blend, using input from different tanks (which can be air and oxygen, or include other gases like helium). This allows your system to blend on the fly, constantly adapting your breathing gas to the depth and diving conditions.
Because of this, rebreathers were most often used for cave and technical divers who needed the extended gas supply and variety of gas mixes.
But now, because of advances in rebreathers and standardization of equipment and training, making them simple and safe to learn and use, there is now a whole range of recreational rebreathers available.
Why would you want to dive with a rebreather?
There are a number of reasons why you would want to dive with a rebreather, and it really depends on your own scuba diving goals and profile. But if you just think about the bubble free experience and ability to extend dives, you’ll probably come up with quite a few of these on your own.
- to be able to take excellent underwater photos, able to get closer to fish and creatures without your bubbles to scare them off.
- to dive in caves (with the right training)
- to enjoy longer dives
- to enjoy peace and quiet underwater (have you ever noticed how loud this bubbles are?)
- to do wreck diving
- to branch out into technical diving
Following Rebreather Forum 3 in Orlando, the Action Scuba team will be happy to chat with you about the exciting developments in this field.
Did you know that Action Scuba offers rebreather courses plus sale and service of rebreather equipment? Drop by to learn more.