Rebreathers are making headway into mainstream diving and the Hollis Explorer is perfectly designed with the recreational diver in mind.
The Explorer is an electronic semi-closed rebreather (eSCR) an intelligent hybrid that is compact, lightweight and extremely easy to use. The Explorer is unique in using a single gas blend of 32-40% Nitrox is electronically controlled to achieve an optimal balance of PPO2 and dive time with a maximum depth of 40m.
Training is imperative when diving on a rebreather so Claire went up to Auckland for her course while Tomo headed up to Taupo. We had already completed online training that covered the basics of general rebreather design and operation. This course focused on the Hollis Explorer and what it could do.
Much of the course covered set up procedures and problem shooting but if you follow the computer and do what you are told you can’t go wrong. The Explorer will not let you dive if there are any unresolved issues.
As Explorer divers we benefit from breathing warm gas, have lots more bottom time – up to 2 hours, and since it produces less bubbles, we will see more sea life than ever before.
So don’t be surprised to see Tomo & Claire in some strange looking dive equipment at the next club dive and feel free to ask questions about why we chose the Hollis Explorer to dive with.