Standardisation and Team Diving with Closed-Circuit Rebreathers? Impossible!
The Technical Diving Community is quite familiar with the Doing It Right philosophy. In diving, it means having:
1. The right Mindset
2. The right Equipment
3. The right Procedures
... and the right Team!
By applying this set of rules and techniques, divers have explored caves, wrecks and reefs in various environment all over the world, with impressive safety records. But they did it with conventional Open Circuit SCUBA or RB80 Semi-Closed Circuit Rebreathers. Many divers consider that something similar for Closed-Circuit Rebreather divers is impossible.
As a matter of fact:
How many times did you see Rebreather divers with poor diving skills, bad propulsion techniques and unefficient buoyancy control?
Their rebreather is far from streamlined and their gear configuration can easily be improved.
The procedures they follow are complex and different for each diver, even within the same team.
And everything becomes even more difficult in case of emergency or rescue...
The work done by our team proves that standardisation is also possible with CCRs. Proper training, thorough planning, equipment selection and adaptation can help the rebreather diver to be an efficient team member. Standardisation helps to make simpler and safer dives, avoiding confusion and improving team work and communication, especially when problems occur. Our procedures make mixed-team diving (OC, SCR and CCR divers) a safe option.
All DIRrebreather Active members and Instructors work on CCR gear and procedures standardization. Based on some extensive cave and wreck explorations, and physiological studies, we try to adapt the most current thoughts in decompression into Rebreather diving. We also have the goal to help rebreather divers to improve their personal skills and techniques through articles, DVDs, manuals and specific Workshops. We just released two manuals written by Cedric Verdier, one about Nitrox rebreather Diving, the second one about Mixed-Gas Trimix Rebreather. We also published Workbooks for some of the workshops we propose (Fundamentals, Rescue, DPV, Overhead Environment, etc).
DIRrebreather is not a training agency. The DIRrebreather team is made of experienced and active Rebreather explorers and instructors who share the same goal: Making Rebreather Diving safer by implementing common sense, standards and DIR Philosophy into Rebreather diving.
DIR rebreather Fundamentals
All the basics that rebreather courses don't teach you: how to properly configure a streamlined and easy to use rebreather, how to work on your trim and buoyancy control, how to improve your environmental and team awareness, etc. This workshop normally lasts between 2 and 3 days and is open to any certified rebreather diver. It is supported by a workbook and slide presentations.
DIR rebreather Mixed-Gas Expedition
Fine-tuning the skills and team/individual procedures for safe decompression, and giving the tools to participate in expeditions in remote locations are the goal of this workshop. It's is extremely intensive and only for experienced rebreather divers who have already successfully completed the DIRrebreather Fundamentals workshop and who have an in-depth knowledge of their rebreather for mixe-gas diving. This workshop normally lasts between 3 and 4 days. It is supported by a workbook and slide presentations.
DIRrebreather DPV / Scooter
Depending on your previous experience and qualifications, this very specialized workshop will teach you all the necessary skills to properly use a Diver Propulsion Vehicle (scooter) in cave, wreck or open water environment while diving with a rebreather. This workshop usually lasts between 1 and 2 days. It is supported by a workbook and slide presentations.
DIR rebreather Rescue
No one can expect to be an efficient team member without having the proper training in case of emergency. This unique workshop is directly aimed to the rebreather divers who wish to learn all the advanced techniques for self-assistance, assistance and rescue you can't find anywhere else. This workshop usually lasts 2 days. It is supported by a workbook and slide presentations.
DIR rebreather Overhead Environment
Wrecks and Caves are very specific environments. Even if you've been trained to safely do these types of dives on Open Circuit, it doesn't mean you are able to do that on a rebreather. This workshop is designed to give you all the specific techniques for safe team rebreather diving in wrecks or caves. This workshop usually lasts 3.5 days depending on the environment where it's been taught. It is supported by a workbook and slide presentations.
Other CCR Rebreather Training;
CCR Instructor Courses
Download the required forms and releases ?
TDI Liability Release & Assumption of Risk form
TDI Medical Statement form
TDI Medical Sign Off
ANDI Medical Statement form
ANDI Liability Release & Express Assumption of Risk form
IANTD Medical Statement form
Downloads for CCR ?
TDI Air Diluent CCR Diver Course Unit Specific
Additional Information on Rebreathers
What is a Rebreather?
What are the advantages of using a CCR?
Frequently Asked Questions on Rebreathers
SCR Rebreathers ( Semiclose )
To view a Molecular Products declaration of SOFNOLIME transport class as non-hazardous.
To view the material safety data sheet (MSDS) for SOFNOLIME.
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