Closed-circuit rebreathers are a bubble-free diving apparatus that optimizes decompression by maintaining the ideal partial pressure of oxygen throughout the dive. By recycling breathing gas and being bubble free – warm, moist gas is delivered to the diver which can contribute to longer immersion times, reduced stress, and a stealth like environmental interaction.
These have been around for centuries, why are they so important?
In modern times, effort has been placed on rebreather education, and manufacturing quality assurances that will help to broaden the end-user population. More end-users means a lot more time spent underwater. This means more opportunities for commerce, education, entertainment, and exploration of the underwater world.
Where is the Opportunity?
There remain challenges in the rebreather community. First, there are inconsistencies in fundamental design logic from unit to unit. This has created issues with training, has caused operator confusion resulting in injuries and deaths, and there remains a high cost to enter the end-user field due to unit specific testing and QA/QC requirements. Additionally, CCRs are not yet utilized routinely within the industrial sector despite their key advantages over other diving modes.
What are we doing about it – enter RD1.
Ocean Opportunity Inc. has spearhead the development of a compact, low-cost, and incredibly simple oxygen rebreather named RD1. The unit is used by our partners for shallow water programs, and has been used in a workshop setting as an educational tool for students at the openwater diver level. We believe that rebreather technology plays a critical role in evolving the life aquatic, and that true success has to start very early in one’s diving career.