It’s hard to believe that it is now more than two years since the launch of the PADI Rebreather and Advanced Rebreather Diver courses. In that time PADI has grown the recreational rebreather market exponentially and, although this is still a relatively new technology for recreational divers, there are already thousands of PADI Rebreather Divers. This is the first major growth in the rebreather industry in a decade.
The latest course updates result from the last two years’ experience, which show that more experienced divers can learn to rebreather dive faster than with older technologies. Therefore, the updated Rebreather and Advanced Rebreather Diver Integrated Course now has a minimum of six dives. See the PADI Pros site for details, but here is an overview of the main changes:
1.Divers no longer need to carry a bailout cylinder from the start, but it is still an option. This gives experienced divers who are not used to carrying extra cylinders the chance to do the integrated course at their own pace. The course requires bailout cylinders later.
2. Qualified divers do not need to commit to the integrated course straight away. The first dive is the same as PADI Rebreather Diver Dive One. This allows instructors to assess candidates comfort and competency. If divers show they are ready to progress rapidly (and meet the integrated course pre-requisites) they can continue with the integrated course. If not, they follow the normal Rebreather and Advanced Rebreather Diver Course structures.
As with all courses, instructors must make sure that all performance requirements are met by demonstrating mastery. If divers meet the requirements on the first try, they have mastered the skill. If not, they repeat until mastery is achieved.
Field data show that instructors can reach the required level of skill on Type R rebreathers without excessive time diving them, so the prerequisite minimums have been adjusted accordingly. As always, instructor candidates must pass the Rebreather Instructor Course, so some candidates may need more experience before they possess the skill level and comfort to become an instructor.
PADI Rebreather Instructor Trainers are PADI Members who are already PADI Course Directors or TecRec Instructor Trainers, as well as experienced Rebreather Instructors, who become instructor trainers for the PADI Rebreather Diver courses. The Rebreather Instructor Trainer course has also been revamped to allow it to be delivered remotely, to make it more widely accessible to PADI Instructors in the different regions.
For more information on these revisions, please see the PADI Pros site (Training Essentials, TecRec, Revisions and Teaching Tools, PADI Rebreather Instructor Guide Updates) or contact firstname.lastname@example.org