SCUBA diving is gaining and more and more popularity in America and more and more people are taking to underwater exploration. SCUBA diving can be an expensive pastime (real cost of scuba diving – here); however, with the invention of the rebreather, SCUBA diving has become more affordable and is allowing more people to come face to face with underwater marine life. Below are some tips on SCUBA diving and rebreathers and will help you have exploring the underwater world in no time.
What is a SCUBA diving?
SCUBA stands for self contained underwater breathing apparatus. SCUBA diving is a type of underwater exploration which allows divers to travel hundreds of miles beneath the water’s surface by using a breathing apparatus, such as a rebreather. SCUBA diving, however, is far more than diving below the earth’s surface and many people claim is one of the most fascinating and freeing experiences a human can be a part of.
What is a rebreather?
There are three different types of rebreathers: semi-closed rebreathers, oxygen rebreathers and closed circuit rebreathers. Each type of rebreather offers its own advantages, as well as disadvantages and really comes down to what the diver feels more comfortable with using. Any oxygen rebreather is the most simplistic form of rebreathers and is the perfect starting point for divers. A semi – closed rebreather and closed circuit rebreather are typically used for more advanced divers, slightly heavier in weight; however they do allow the diver to stay underwater for longer periods of time. Learn more about rebreathers at www.rebreathers.org.
How much do rebreathers cost?
SCUBA diving, while an extremely popular sport, is also fairly pricey. If a person is looking to purchase their own SCUBA gear and in the market for a rebreather, expenditures can add up quickly, however will save money in the long run as renting equipment can also get pricey very quickly. Below are a few of the most well known and sought our rebreathers and some of their features as well as price points.
- Poseidon Discovery MKVI Rebreather
- world’s first recreational rebreather
- fully closed system
- composed a breathing loop – hose, mask, backpack and counter lungs
- backup emergency air system
- light and simple to use
- designed for new divers as well as advanced professional divers
- hand control which clearly displays diving depth, oxygen and pressure
- weighs 39.6 pounds
- cost around $7445
- VR Technology Sentinel Rebreather
- electronic driven fully closed devices
- comes with a removable bail out valve
- electronics software allows for intelligent monitoring and easy to use life support system
- automatic turn on detection of PO2 drop and breathing
- light weight
- perfect for the beginning or experienced diver
- weight – 68 pounds without cylinder
- cost $9000 to $12,6300 depending on style and features
- Prism 2 rebreather
- electronic closed circuit rebreather
- the only CCR to pass unmanned and manned testing by US Navy
- primary heads down display
- LED battery with long battery life of up to 40 hours in 70 degree water temperatures
- secondary display works even if the battery is dead
- easy to use purge drains
- cost around $8500
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