BOVs can be handy devices, allowing you to leave the DSV in your mouth if you need to switch to open circuit. They are essential on recreational rebreathers. For technical rebreather divers, keep the following points in mind: BOVs are easy to switch to open circuit, but don’t be hasty and switch back until you...Read More
QUESTION: Can you use nitrox in your diluent tank? ANSWER: Yes When working on a Hollywood set that was 15 feet deep, I actually filled both the oxygen and diluent tanks with oxygen. It prevented a lot of potential issues the actors could have experienced. But let’s consider the best recipe for diluent. First, it must be...Read More
Used by United States Marines Combat Divers and Military Dive Teams around the world, Professional Underwater Videography Teams and Scientific Dive Teams, the Kirby Morgan Modular Full-Face Mask represents a giant step-up in safety, versatility and convenience over conventional Full-Face Masks (FFMs). Known simply as the “MOD-1”, the patented Kirby Morgan two-chamber (Mask & POD)...Read More
Many divers ask about how to prepare for their upcoming rebreather class. If you purchased a new rebreather, it is likely that the manufacturer has shipped your rig to your instructor and you haven’t even had a chance to get acquainted with it. Contact your instructor to ensure that you have all the auxiliary gear...Read More
Traveling with scuba equipment can become difficult, especially for rebreather divers. However there are a few things you can do to make traveling with a rebreather much easier: Use the hard shipping case to transport your rebreather. Disassemble it precisely the same way it arrived from the manufacturer. Put a formal letter in each case of...Read More
QUESTION: Can I use Listerine as an alternative sanitizer for my rebreather loop? ANSWER: Hollis has tested and recommends using the product Steramine, which is a contact sanitizer. The small tablets are easy to travel with. Listerine may kill a lot of germs, but not everything. Proper sanitation of the rebreather loop is important.Read More
A few years ago, I completed a Motorcycle Safety Class and was struck by the similarities to training rebreather divers. It was really good to be a student instead of an instructor for a change. It's one of those experiences that reminds you what performance pressure feels like and reinforces the qualities of good instruction. I...Read More
When CCR divers and open circuit (OC) divers dive together, they are referred to as a mixed team. OC divers are often shy about asking a CCR diver how procedures may differ so it is up to you to ensure that gas management and emergency procedures are clear prior to entering the water. There are...Read More
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