Rebreathers may sound like science fiction to many divers, but the concept has been used by divers for many decades before modern scuba diving was invented. By using carbon dioxide scrubbers and oxygen, rebreathers recycle exhaled air into breathable gas that translates into longer dive times and deeper depths. What divers really love about rebreathers, however, is diving bubble-free. For photographers, being able to move silently makes a tremendous difference when approaching skittish wildlife that would otherwise scatter the moment a scuba diver exhales. For military applications, the advantage of moving without bubbles is obvious. Recreational divers can enjoy a more serene, tranquil experience, to feel more attuned with life in the ocean.
In the past, rebreather diving was a risky activity, with sophisticated electronics that were prone to dysfunction or failure. Mixing your own scrubber materials took quite a lot of expertise (not to mention confidence in your own work to keep you alive at depth), and for most recreational divers, the extra risks were not really worth the expense and trouble. Recently, rebreathers have become more streamlined and much safer, opening up the sport to more people. With Hollis's recreation centered rebreather designs, getting into rebreathers has never been easier. Give us a call about certification or rental plans- we can help you take your diving to new depths.