Rebreathers
How I got started into rebreathers

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I had been diving for years and was always looking for something that bit different as I had dived all the popular places around the area and living in Townsville on the edge of the Coral Sea have been diving in some magical spots.  But you know how it is, the grass is always greener somewhere and I was like most other divers eager to find that elusive spot or wait for that next model regulator to hit the shop floor.
I was told of a guy who was invited to come to Townsville and talk on rebreathers by Collin Hodson proprietor of The Dive Bell, a commercial training facility in Townsville.
My first introduction to rebreathers was by Peter Ready who came to Townsville in 1995 to display his latest invention, the Prisim rebreather.
I can remember the training room was totally packed out with no standing room left and everyone  taken by Peter's sometimes humorous talk on his rich history with rebreathers.
At this stage his Prisim rebreather was still in development and was quite different from the prisim we see today however the seed was sown and I just couldn't help myself.
I was so taken by this device that I looked at ways to start building my own rebreather and did a lot of research on the net to find out as much as I could.
In 1998 an instructor from Darwin Rick Weiss was doing a level two diving certification with the Dive Bell.
He offered to teach anyone who was interested in the Dolphin/Atlantis SCR rebreather as he had both his units with him and was certified to train people on these units.
Of cause I jumped at the chance to learn more about these units and enjoyed the concept so much during the course that I ordered one from Dreager.
It arrived and within 12 hours I had it in the water at Lake Eacham a crater lake on the Caines table lands, about 4 hours north of Townsville.
It didn't have a tank at the time as I had ordered it with a 5 litre tank and not  the standard 4 litre tank. So I had to dive the Dolphin with a 7 litre tank slung across the back of the shell.
Me being me, the engineer in me started to look at ways I could improve this design.
And as they say the rest is history ;-))

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