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10.19.2012

About PADI Tec 100 materials availability

The new Tec 100 CCR products are now ready to ship. The CCR 100 range of products includes 5 DVDs; Diver Manual, Key Skills, Instructor Guide, Instructor Lesson Guides and Instructor Trainer Guide.


Although many divers will never even know these materials exist I think the diving community worldwide has to recognize PADI for the effort they have put into making this materials. This is proof of PADI's commitment to the whole dive industry, not just to the mainstream recreational market. 

I will be ordering my personal set of these materials, along with the Tec 60 ones soon after DEMA. For now I can teach rebreather courses up to PADI Tec 40 are available here in the Galapagos through Galapagos Rebreathers and the Galapagos Tip Top Dive & Training Facility

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10.16.2012

Safety advice and information for new and prospective CCR divers

I attended a PADI Member Forum here in the Galapagos last night. As we all know, rebreathers are a hot and trendy subject worldwide. When RF3.0 came to subject I was invited to make a short summary of the forum. Looking back at it I remembered the RoSPA CCR Aware video created to reach the international diving community. 

RoSPA is a registered charity and has been at the heart of accident prevention in the UK and around the world for almost 100 years. The RoSPA CCR Aware film gives divers and those new to rebreathers a solid awareness of the key safety factors for diving with rebreathers. 

I hope this video helps more people make informed choices about diving rebreathers. Please feel free to share it from their YouTube Channel.

   

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Managing Rebreather Accidents

During Rebreather Forum I had the opportunity to ask a question to the accidents panel. I don’t think the proceedings are out yet but it was something like this:

Is there a quick “checklist for dummies” of some sort that could be used in case of a rebreather accident in case it happens in a remote and un-prepared location like the one I’m in?

Answer was no, there isn’t.

On the other hand, Martin Parker — the managing director of Ambient Pressure Diving, posted a worksheet in August. Hopefully DAN will also come out with something in the upcoming months.

For now, the APD worksheet (which is very unit specific) is available from AP’s website. The Rebreather Forum 3: Consensus, Findings and Recommendations can be found here.

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10.02.2012

10 recommended practices for safe rebreather diving in the Galapagos Islands



Yesterday I made the first of a series of 10 posts to come out in the next 10 days. Title of the series is 10 recommended practices for safe rebreather diving in the Galapagos Islands. If you are into rebreathers in the Galapagos following this tag at the Galapagos Rebreathers site can be a good idea.

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