PADI Courses for Divers

PADI Courses

Recreational Rebreather Courses

PADI recreational rebreather courses cover semi-closed (SCR) and closed-circuit rebreathers (CCR) and if fully electronically controlled they are designated as eSCR and eCCR.

Third party testing for all units is required by PADI before they are approved to be used during PADI Rebreather Courses. There is also a list of features which rebreathers should have for recreational diving, and manufacturers need to ensure their units have these before they apply to PADI.

Rebreathers that meet the requirements for PADI recreational rebreather courses are called Type R Rebreathers. These could be eSCRs, eCCRs or hybrids of both.

PADI’s recreational rebreather courses are generic, but due to differences between rebreathers the qualifications are unit specific. Divers and instructors must use manufacturer user manuals in addition to PADI materials to cover the generic information that applies to recreational rebreathers as well as that which applies to the specific unit being taught.

PADI Rebreather Diver 

  • Aimed at qualified entry level divers and above who have some open circuit scuba diving experience.
  • Teaches you to use a Type R rebreather to a maximum of 18m/60 feet depth within no-decompression limits.
  • Responses to problems are simple. In most cases this means switching the mouthpiece to open circuit mode and ascending.

PADI Advanced Rebreather Diver

  • For divers who are PADI Rebreather Diver (on the same Type R rebreather), or equivalent with another approved agency. This course expands on the basic knowledge you have already learned, and teaches you to carry a bailout cylinder, and to dive to 30m/100 feet max.
  • Divers who are PADI Advanced Rebreather Diver AND PADI Deep Diver, i.e. qualified to 40m/130 feet max on open-circuit scuba, or equivalent with another approved agency, will automatically be qualified to dive to 40m/130 feet max on the specific Type R rebreather .
  • Responses to problems will be very similar – bailout to open circuit – the main difference is that they will have a bailout cylinder to enable them to bailout from greater depth.

PADI Rebreather Qualifier program

  • Divers wishing to cross-over to another Type R rebreather need to do the Rebreather Qualifier program which covers unit specific skills and knowledge.
  • Additional modules are included for divers with PADI Advanced Rebreather Diver.
  • Divers will be certified at their current level on the new unit. 

PADI Rebreather Refresher

  • Similar to a Scuba Review this program refreshes your rebreather skills if you have not dived on a rebreather for a while.

Course Materials

  • PADI Rebreather Diver and Advanced Rebreather Diver Manual – covers both recreational level courses.
  • PADI Rebreather Pre-Dive Checklist – slate for pre-dive checks.
  • PADI Rebreather Key Skills video – video of the key skills.
  • PADI Rebreather Adventure Log – recreational rebreather log book.
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