Approved CCR Rebreathers for PADI Courses as of the 6th of February 2012

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Unit Register Announcement
PADI maintains a register of rebreathers that manufacturers specify meet the key features of a Type R (Recreational) or Type T (Technical) rebreather and have successfully undergone recognized third-party testing against an appropriate standard such as EN14143. Only rebreathers included in this register can be used for PADI rebreather courses. PADI Members can find the register on the PADI Pros’ Site.
Note that the PADI organization does not approve, review or endorse the design or manufacturing of scuba equipment, including rebreathers.

Currently, three manufacturers have registered units and made the following statements:

“Our Poseidon Discovery MK VI rebreather meets the key features of a Type R rebreather and has successfully undergone internationally recognized third-party testing against CE Standards (EN14143). We have checked the Type R requirements against our Poseidon Discovery MK VI rebreather’s performance and found that it meets PADI’s Type R standards in full.”

VR Technology
“Our Sentinel and Sentinel Expedition rebreathers meet the key features of a Type T CCR and have successfully undergone internationally recognized third-party testing against CE Standards (EN14143). We have checked the Type T requirements against our Sentinel and Sentinel Expedition rebreathers’ performance and found that they meet PADI’s Type T standards in full.”

Ambient Pressure Diving
“Our Inspiration, Evolution and Evolution Plus Vision rebreathers meet the key features of Type T rebreathers and have successfully undergone internationally recognized third-party testing against CE Standards (EN14143). We have checked the Type T requirements against our Inspiration, Evolution and Evolution Plus Vision rebreathers’ performance and found that they meet PADI’s Type T standards in full.”

Ambient Pressure Diving have also informed PADI that Vision rebreathers will also meet Type R requirements with some software and hardware adaptations. Expect further information soon.

PADI is currently working with several other manufacturers who plan to register units in the near future. For information on how to register please contact

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The Art of CCR Diving –

What is RF3 all about?

“The main aim of RF3 is to evaluate the state of the art”, stated Dr. Neal Pollock, DAN’s Research Director and one of the organisers behind RF3. “In a nutshell the theme of RF3 is to improve understanding, which we hope will translate to improved safety across the board.

We’re are going to assess the current situation regarding manufacturing, testing, training and diving protocols to check that we are doing this as safely as we can, and highlight areas that need improving for the community to move forward. We have convened this conference to tap the wisdom of many, rather than relying on the interpretations of any few. Doing it this way allows us to pull together all the different views and we then assess the results through one lens.

The reality is that we still have a number of fatalities every year. At RF3 we intend to be as honest as we can about issues and address every one of them. Most current standards and practices are based on good intentions and experience. The interaction of many factors, however, can create problems not originally anticipated. Our goal is to look critically at the collective to see how we might be able to do things better and safer.”

So why will RF3 be useful to the Industry? When you understand where something is failing; be it manufacturing, training or diving protocols, then everyone benefits from knowing how failures can occur. Then we can see and evaluate how to successfully improve performance.”

You too can be part of this significant rebreather event. Simply log onto to book your place now. And if you buy your ticket before 1st February 2012 you can save up to $100 on your registration.

Rebreather Forum 3

Rebreather Forum 3
Posted in News with tags Rebreather Forum 3.0 on January 9, 2012 by kattek
RF3 ( will be held from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th May 2012 inclusive at the Caribe Royale Hotel, Orlando. This unique conference comprises two elements; 30 different talks delivered by a team of respected speakers over three days and a specialist Expo with more than 30 international exhibitors.

It’s 16 years since the previous Rebreather Forum and there is much to discuss. Major issues will be addressed surrounding rebreather technology, and its application in sport, military, research and scientific diving. RF3 has two key objectives; an emphasis on safety and the much needed peer review of the state of the art. As a RF3 delegate you will be part of this important process.

The social side has not been forgotten either, whenever divers get together they like to talk and in the up and coming months you can follow us on Twitter; #RebreatherF3 orFacebook. On Friday night there will be a Loud Shirt Party – a Beach BBQ extravaganza – ideal for catching up with friends and colleagues, meanwhile on Saturday night we celebrate success at the glamorous and sophisticated RF3 Gala Banquet.

Although rebreather diving is a niche market, it is not without influence and it’s actively expanding. We are now entering a new age of diving. In the last couple of years we’ve seen major steps forward with the recent launch of two recreational machines. The ‘Type R’ rebreather is coming of age and the training agencies are actively working with manufacturers to grow this significant new market.

Attending Rebreather Forum 3 gives you unrivalled access to the very latest in rebreather training, technology and ethos, delivered by some of the world’s significant figures in the field. It’s not often that you will get the opportunity to meet and talk to these cutting edge leading professionals who shape and influence this industry.

Delegates will therefore be pleased to hear that there are “Early Bird Specials” on RF3 Tickets until 1st February 2012, with savings of up to US$100 per ticket. With RF3 tickets starting from US$290, log onto now to book your place at this decade’s most momentous rebreather event. Regardless of your experience level, Rebreather Forum 3 is not to be missed.

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Underwater Photography and Sidemount
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Other sites from Team Blue Immersion:

Rebreathers CCR Type R and T
Sidemount – Recreational and Technical – Tips and Hints
Team Blue Immersion FX – Video Production and Video Courses


This page is dedicated to links to companies that we work with or companies that we endorse. It also feature  interesting reading materials related to technical diving, recreational instructor training and free diving :

Fourth Element is an amazing company that produces high quality products for scuba divers. Fourth Element undergarment is used by technical and recreational drysuit divers all around the world. Check out Fourth Elements Dive Team and you will find Team Blue Immersion member Jonas Samuelsson. The 3-D maps of wrecks around the world is also worth a visit.

Team Blue Immersion is proud to work with exclusive watch maker JS Watch Co. The team was wearing the SIF NART Watch during the historical dive on US Coast Guard Cutter Alexander Hamilton during June 2011.

You can find news, updates and random stories related to Team Blue Immersionon on facebook (over 5000 fans):

Team Blue Immersion got a site dedicated to FreeDiving. The site is one of Akim Adhari’s babys and gives lots of information about FreeDiving courses within AIDA and SSI. The pictures are amazing and show Akim in action on some of his 100+ meter FreeDives, Constant Weight.

Team Blue Immersion are using a few different deco planners but the main planner used both during private excursions and while teaching is the V-Planner. V-Planner is a decompression program that uses the Varying Permeability Model (VPM-B) for decompression profiles. You can download a shareware version that you can play with for 30 days (we highly recommend you to buy the V Planner prior to coming down and starting your technical diving course.

Team Blue Immersion and Jonas Samuelsson are proud sponsors of the largest webforum related to CCRs Rebreathers. The forum can be found on Its a great forum for anyone interested to learn more about closed circuit diving. On the forum you find the top CCR divers in the world answering you questions.

The Advanced Diver Magazine:  The worlds largest and longest established advanced to technical diver publication. You find some great free articles available on this site. Team Blue Immersion recommend anyone serious in technical diving to get a subscription to this magazine. Thanks to Carl Bowen owner of The Advanced Diver Magazine who let Team Blue Immersion use some of his great underwater pictures for this website.
My friend Andy Fritz is the manager and owner of the company Rebreather Lab who is the manufacturer of the rebreather The Pelagian. This diver controlled rebreather is worth a second look.
Ben Reymenants is a member of Team Blue Immersion and teach our TDI Instructor Courses and CCR Courses. You can contact Ben through or on his website:
PADI The professional Association of Diving Instructor is the largest diving organisation in the world and also offer technical diving. New for 2011 is the release of Closed Circuit Rebreather courses. Team Blue Immersion is teaching all levels of PADI Course including PADI instructor Course IDC, Tec Deep and Trimix Instructor courses. For more information see:
TDI Technical Diving International is the largest technical diving organisation in the world. Team Blue Immersion is teaching all levels of TDI Courses up to instructor level including mixed gas and CCR Instructor Courses.


New CCR Rebreather World Record

Congratulations to Krzysztof Starnawski for beating the CCR Worldrecord with 283 meters. Planet Divers (Team Blue Immersions home base) was the organizer of the record that took place on the 2nd of November 2010.

CCR Rebreather World Record 2nd of December 2011 - Planet Divers Dahab. Bluehole


Krzysztof Starnawski was carrying two Hammerhead CCRs and conducted the dive at Bluehole, Dahab. Krzysztof felt fine 24 hours after the dive and was remarkable fit after the 533 minute long dive! This is the second world record with Planet Divers. Nuno Gomez took the world record with Open Circuit to 318 meters in 2005.

Liquivision world record ccr 283 meters

Congratulations from Team Blue Immersion!

Hammerhead CCR Rebreathers