8 Days in Guatemala – Launching Pana Divers as a Poseidon Rebreather Center, by James Roberton

Arriving in Guatemala, I was greeted like an old friend by Leo, the driver sent by my hosts, Pana Divers. The fact that I’d neither been to Guatemala nor met Leo before was entirely irrelevant to the warmth of the welcome he gave me. That warmth, generosity and joy of living of the Guatemalan people …

A Deceptively Easy Way to Die – Update by Rosemary Lunn

At the end of 2013 I wrote a blog on the double Christmas Day Eagles Nest fatality entitled "A Deceptively Easy Way to Die"; On Christmas morning a 35-year-old man took his 15-year-old son cave diving. They were trying out new scuba equipment. However the father was not a diving instructor, the son had no …

Engage your senses

Following on from last week’s post “Can you see into the Future” I started thinking about how we use all our senses as instructors. We watch our students, to to monitor them and also check they are doing things correctly, which is sometimes rather challenging. Masks, no matter how low profile, limit our vision, water …

Can you see into the future?

Students often ask me whether I have eyes in the back of my head. They wonder how I knew what they did when they didn’t think I was looking. A combination of risk management, experience and good underwater control can make it seem as though you not only have eyes in the back of your …

Scrubber Canister Packer Practical Application

Are you a PADI Rebreather Instructor or are you planning to become one? If so, we want you to be the first to hear about the latest update: The PADI Rebreather Diver and Advanced Rebreather Diver courses were launched in 2011 for rebreathers with pre or pro packed scrubbers. Since then things have changed a little …

Type R Rebreather requirements update.

Prior to the launch of the Rebreather Courses in 2011, PADI consulted with manufacturers and training experts regarding the requirements for recreational rebreathers. At this time, pre-packed or pro-packed scrubber canisters were thought to be the most suitable type for Type R rebreather divers and this requirement was integral to the subsequent training courses. Since that time, …