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 meters/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.
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:
Get the PADI Rebreather and Advanced Rebreather Diver Manual from your Instructor and start studying immediately. For this course, you need to read the manual introduction and first three chapters. You'll also get a PADI Rebreather and Advanced Rebreather Diver Key Skills video and a PADI Type R Rebreather Predive Checklist Slate to help you prepare for your dives.