Recreational Rebreathers

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Diving with a recreational rebreather

Rebreathers used to be only for technical diving or the military, but not anymore. With the introduction of the recreational rebreathers that are available today anyone can learn to dive on a rebreather. New Type R (recreational) rebreathers are lightweight, easy-to-transport and have sophisticated electronics to simplify their use.

Recreational Rebreathers have opened up a whole new world to divers by introducing them to diving experiences and close up encounters never before available to bubble blowing Open Circuit divers.

Longer no decompression limits, Longer dive times and no bubbles which means a lot less noise resulting in a completely different experience with marine life. Get closer than ever before to the fish and watch them in a relaxed state rather than the frantic activity demonstrated when Open Circuit bubble blowers are around. You will soon see why most professional underwater photographers are using rebreathers today.

The first rebreathers for recreational diving

The Rebreather Association of International Divers (RAID) was founded in 2007 to provide the first recreational rebreather training courses on the Poseidon Mk VI Discovery Rebreather. PADI was the first WRSTC (World Recreational Scuba Training Council) member agency to create the Recreational Rebreather (type R) courses that are so popular today.

With the launch of the PADI range of courses in 2010 the recreational rebreather revolution started with PADI dive centers all over the world offering training and support for rebreather divers. Kiwidiver in Phuket provides the full range of genuine PADI recreational rebreather courses.

Recreational Rebreather Diver Courses

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Discover Rebreathers

Try cutting-edge technology with today’s modern recreational rebreathers and discover the benefits of rebreather diving.

PADI Rebreather Diver

Rediscover the underwater world & witness the natural behaviour of marine life through a transformation of your diving experinece. 

PADI Advanced Rebreather Diver

Expand your knowledge on rebreather diving and join us for unforgettable encounters with the tropical marine life of Thailand.

Combined Rebreather Diver & Advanced

Anyone can become a rebreather diver and be amazed how close marine life encounters can be when there are no bubbles.

Blend with marine life while diving with a rebreather

How do rebreathers work?

Rebreathers are a type of scuba that re-use some or all of the gas we exhale. There are two basic types: closed-circuit rebreathers (CCRs) and semi-closed rebreathers (SCRs). Both use a chemical process to remove waste carbon dioxide from the recycled gas, and both replenish the oxygen consumed from the recycled gas.

Closed-circuit rebreathers (CCRs) recycle all the gas that you exhale. Few bubbles escape, (some do, such as during ascents to release expanding gas). CCRs require two gas supplies, a diluent (usually air) and 100 percent oxygen. CCRs suited to recreational divers are electronically controlled, as discussed in more detail in the next subsection.

Semi-closed rebreathers (SCRs) recycle some of the gas that you exhale. Bubbles escape in a stream or small bursts, but significantly less than open-circuit. SCRs only need one gas supply, but it must be enriched air – typically EANx36 or higher, but it must be breathable to the maximum dive depth. In the past, mechanical SCRs were used by recreational divers, but modern ones are electronically controlled.

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