ProTec Dive Center & Advanced Training Facility has supported Rebreathers and Rebreather diving communities from the very beginning in terms of Rebreather experiences, guided Rebreather dives and Rebreather diver training as well as Rebreather consumables such as CO2 absorbent in various granule sizes and manufacturers, Extend Air Cartridges and Sofnolime pre-packed cartridges, high pressure oxygen through our booster pump, selected spare parts for a variety of Rebreathers, onboard diluent and oxygen tanks in various sizes and materials as well as a good selection of bailout tanks.
Our Rebreather training programs range from the Rebreather experience, basic Mod 1 Rebreather air diluent diver, Normoxic Trimix Mod 2 Rebreather diver, Rebreather wreck diver, Rebreather technical wreck diver up to Rebreather and CCR cave diver training with specialties such as DPV Rebreather cave diver, Technical Rebreather cave diver and Rebreather survey cave diver.
Currently we have permanently in the store a Dive Rite O2ptima, ISC Megalodon (APECS & COPIS) mounted with Golem BOV and Golem radial scrubber canister, Vision Inspiration mounted in steel travel frame and Golem BOV as well as detachable counter lungs, and a Classic KISS in our facility. Other units are available upon request.
A short history of Semi Closed and Closed Circuit Rebreathers
1689 Giovanni Borelli conceived a Closed Circuit Rebreather without active Co2 scrubber
1726 Steven Hale invented a Closed Circuit Rebreather with active Co2 scrubber
1878 Henry Fleuss developed a Oxygen Closed Circuit Rebreather for mine (underground mining) clearing which is successfully used in shallow diving trials as well as emergency response team evacuations.
1881 Achilles Khotinsky and Simon Lake developed a Oxygen Rebreather
1900 The Davis escape lung conceived as a submarine escape apparatus
1907 Siebe Gorman developed a Oxygen generating Rebreather
1912 Draeger demonstrates a functional Oxygen Closed Circuit Rebreather
1914 Siebe Gorman and Draeger develop a Nitrox Semi Closed Rebreather
1932 Charles Momsen develops the submarine escape unit for the American Navy
1936 Italian Navy introduces Closed Circuit Oxygen Rebreathers successfully in combat missions
1942 The English Navy and the American Navy develops Rebreathers for combat missions
1942 Hans Hass is beginning his marine life studies using a Draeger Gegenlunge Oxygen Closed Circuit Rebreather
1961 British cave divers using British Navy mine clearing Semi Closed Rebreathers
1964 The commercial diving industry is developing Closed Circuit Rebreather as bailout options for their deep saturation divers
1968 The first commercially open to the public available E-CCR Closed Circuit Rebreather is the Electrolung
1969 The E-CCR Closed Circuit Rebreather CCR 1000 is developed and modified into the MK 15 and MK 16 Closed Circuit Rebreathers who reach the market in the 1980’s
1970 The Fency company of France introduced a Passive Semi Closed Rebreather
1980 Jochen Hasenmayer develops his own Closed Circuit Rebreather the Speleo/Twin or STR 80 which is configured to be worn as a redundant double unit developed especially for cave diving
1987 The E-CCR Closed Circuit Rebreather Cis Lunar MK 1 is conceived and tested successfully for 24 hours underwater
1989 Olivier Isler and Alain Ronjat develop successfully their RI 2000 Semi Closed Rebreather which is used in a triple redundant configuration. The unit is especially designed for cave diving.
1994 The E-CCR Closed Circuit Rebreather Cis Lunar MK 4 is used during deep dry cave explorations for sump diving application
1994 The Prizm Topaz pre-production units are available for public trials
1995 The Draeger company of Germany introduces the A-SCR Atlantis to the public and open market
1996 The Prism Topaz E-CCR Closed Circuit Rebreather manufactured by Steam Machines is introduced at the Tek ‘96 dive show in New Orleans, USA
1996 The AP Valves E-CCR Closed Circuit Rebreather Inspiration reaches the open market
1997 Halcyon is introducing the Passive Semi Closed Rebreather. The Halcyon P-SCR is developed and used for deep cave penetrations at Wakulla Spring, USA
1997 The E-CCR Cis Lunar MK 5 P Closed Circuit Rebreather is reaching the market and is used in 1998 / 1999 during the Wakulla II expedition
2000 Jetsam Technologies introduces the Classic KISS M-CCR Closed Circuit Rebreather commercially available to the public
2000 The P-SCR Passive Semi Closed Rebreather RB 80 manufactured by Halcyon is reaching the market. The RB 80 is especially designed for cave diving
2002 The E-CCR Closed Circuit Rebreather Megalodon manufactured by the Inner Space Corporation is reaching the market as a E-CCR with the APECS electronics
2004 The Submatix A-SCR Rebreather SCR 100 ST as well as the M-CCR Closed Circuit Rebreather CCR 100 SMS is introduced at the BOOT show in Germany
2004 The E-CCR Closed Circuit Rebreather O2ptima manufactured by Dive Rite Inc. using Juergensen Marine Hammerhead electronics is reaching the market
2004 Jetsam Technologies introduces the Sport KISS M-CCR Closed Circuit Rebreather commercially available to the public
2005 APD is launching the E-CCR Closed Circuit Rebreather Evolution with new electronics called Vision
2007 The Closed Circuit Rebreather Megalodon built by the Inner Space Corporation is available as a M-CCR version called the COPIS
2007 Poseidon of Sweden introduces the Cis Lunar MK 6 E-CCR Closed Circuit Rebreather