April 1st, 2008
Rebreather divers need to be sure to follow a pre-dive check list before every dive. There are a number of steps that rebreather divers must complete before getting in the water. Some say that multiple checklists are needed: one for initial setup of the unit, one pre dive and another list for checking the rebreather between dives. Dive Rite provides the initial set-up checklist and rebreather instructors use their experience to help new rebreather divers develop the pre dive/between dive checklist. We have posted one instructor’s checklist in our online library.
A checklist may depend on the dive environment. Someone diving from a boat might have a checklist different from someone walking into a spring or lake where there is more time at the surface before starting a dive.
Tom Mount and IANTD have years of experience in rebreather instruction and will soon release a pre dive/between dive check list for rebreather divers. IANTD’s lists will work for a multitude of rebreathers and they will work for the O2ptima.
Dive Rite will begin providing the IANTD checklists with all O2ptima rebreather units and we will send one to current O2ptima rebreather owners. Send us an email with the serial number of your O2ptima head and a physical address that we can mail the lists to.