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PADI Rebreather Diver Specialty

Think rebreathers are just for technical diving? Well then think again because the latest rebreathers are lightweight and easily transportable units that use sophisticated electronics to simplify their use. Rebreathers allow divers to achieve longer no decompression limits, reduced gas consumption and unmatched wildlife encounters.

What is a rebreather?

The primary difference between rebreathers and open circuit SCUBA units is that rebreathers reuse some or all of the gas that you exhale. The Hollis Explorer is a true recreational Rebreather. The unit is neither a fully closed circuit Rebreather nor a pure semi-closed system, but an intelligent hybrid that utilises the best of both worlds. It is compact, lightweight and extremely easy to use.

The PADI Rebreather and Advanced Rebreather Diver courses use Type R units to introduce divers to rebreather diving within recreational dive limits. Type R rebreathers are electronically controlled and provide a backup for all the major systems and simplify training and their use.

However because each rebreather model is different, you will need to qualify on each rebreather model that you plan to use. Thankfully, once you are qualified on one unit you will not need to repeat the entire course to earn your certification with a different Type R rebreather model. The PADI Rebreather Qualifier focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to use a different Type R rebreather model.

PADI Rebreather Diver Specialty

In this entry level rebreather program you will learn to use the Hollis Explorer Type R rebreather to a maximum depth of 18 metres within no decompression limits. The Hollis Explorer diver will benefit from breathing warm gas, having lots of bottom time, and since it does not produce any invasive bubbles, you will see more sea life than ever before.


  • PADI Open Water Diver certification or a recognised equivalent
  • PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox) certification or a recognised equivalent
  • 25 Logged dives
  • 18 years old
  • A current dive medical completed within the last 2 years
  • 2 Passport photos

Course structure:

  • PADI Rebreather Diver manual to be completed at home before class
  • Course duration is three days: Sat/Sun and the following Saturday
  • Number of dives: 2 dives of confined water practical training in a heated swimming pool
  • 2 Shore Dives
  • 2 Boat Dives (6 dives in total)
  • Max student ratio 4:1

Course Cost: $1499


  • PADI Rebreather Diver manual
  • PADI Rebreather DVD
  • PADI Pre-Dive Checklist Slate
  • Instruction, Pool Fees, Shore Dives, Boat Dives
  • Use of Oxygen analyser
  • 3 Gas fills up to 36%
  • PADI processing fee and International Certification Card
  • Bonus 3 month Club Membership to our very active Geelong Dive Club

What is not included:

Students will require their own personal equipment to complete the course however we can assist with other equipment which may be rented (advanced reservations are strongly recommended). Although we can hire you some equipment we strongly recommend that you own all of the equipment on this list:

  • A complete Hollis Explorer (available to hire for $500 for the course - does not include your consumables)
  • SMB with Reel or Spool (Reel must have at least 10m of line.)
  • Appropriate wetsuit or drysuit for the conditions
  • Line cutting device
  • Spare mask
  • Absorbent (we can provide @ $60.00 for a 4.5kg tub)

Click here: To discover more about the Hollis Explorer including how to buy.

What do I need to do before class?

Read the PADI Rebreather Manual and complete the knowledge reviews. Watch the PADI Rebreather Diver Key Skills DVD. You also need to complete the Hollis Explorer user manual which is available to download before your course fromĀ Hollis.


On successful completion of this course you will be awarded the prestigious PADI Rebreather Diver Specialty - Hollis Explorer - which will allow you to dive using the Hollis Explorer rebreather unit to a maximum depth of 18 metres in daylight hours only.