Historical Meeting Results in Creation of Rebreather Association

PADI and the world’s major CCR manufacturers came together at the DEMA Show in Las Vegas, USA on 17th November to hear PADI’s vision of where rebreather technology may head in the future and to receive an outline of PADI’s new CCR programs due for release in 2011. The Meeting was chaired by Mark Caney – Vice President of Rebreather Technologies (PADI Technical Diving Division). PADI was also represented by other PADI Technical Diving Division Executives including; Terry Cummins (Director Market Development), Karl Shreeves (Director of Decompression Diving) and James Morgan (Director of Advanced Wreck Diving). Pascal Dietrich Technical Consultant at PADI Europe and Jeff Nadler of PADI Americas were also in attendance.

Over 30 executives representing the cream of the world’s CCR manufacturers were represented, including: AP Diving, Diverite, Dräger, Hollis/Oceanic, KISS, Innerspace Systems, Juergensen Marine, Micropore Inc, Poseidon, Shearwater, Silent Diving, Titan, Revo and VR Technology.

One of the most exciting outcomes of the meeting was the decision by the manufacturers to form the Rebreather Education and Safety Association (RESA) to set a higher degree of cooperation amongst CCR manufacturers. It is intended that this group will also address manufacturing standards and some of the issues that will make their products more appealing to a greater audience.

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  1. sounds like a great bunch of minds working together!!! So when does the world get to find out about the new CCR courses?

  2. A step in the right direction….has PADI any plans with RESA to promote CCR diving as a valid sports activity…as per example here in Jordan it is considered only the domain of the military and is not allowed in Jordanian waters…this makes it difficult for me to promote courses and I have to keep a low profile boat diving…I am hoping that with PADI embracing CCR diving it will become more accepted……

    On the same point…does anyone in any other PADI regions have a problem of acceptance of CCR technology by the authorities where they work??

    Rod

    • Hi Rod
      In some places they have various laws. In Queensland Australia the local operators are working to try have a rule lifted that requires a charter boat to have a Rebreather Instructor on board if anyone wants to dive with same – I envisage that the world will change – just like when we introduced Nitrrox / Enriched air it was initially thought of as a “devil gas” – look where we are now!!

  3. There is a Sweden rebreather association named RAID (Rebreather Association of International Divers) and I believe it would be useful to consider them in these efforts

  4. Will PADI be calling on any Rebreather Instructors and Instructor Trainers to receive advice on the problems we have in the field?
    I teach 7 different rebreathers and I believe we need some standards based on diver training from the grass roots level as well as from the manufacturers themselves.

    I believe this would lead to standardised training as well as standardised manufacturing.

    Regards,

    Paul

    • Hi Paul
      I think you hit the nail on the head. One of the key things we presented was the need for some standardization in training and that can only happen when there is some consistency in manufacturing. We also tried to identify how even Nitrox was retarded in its growth for years because of the availability at dive locations and on charter boats. One solution in the CCR world would be for manufacturers to start standardizing things like pre-packed canisters so when you go through places like Asia you don’t get detained for having a bunch of white powder in your luggage – smile it could happen!!

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