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    REVIEW International Rebreather Event SAFAGA/Egypt 06.23.-06.30.2011

    2nd European Rebreather Event

    First of all a big thanks go from IART to ORCA DIVE CLUBS SAFAGA (run by Volker Clausen and his fantastic Team). The facilities to cope with the logistical demands of this event is beyond the means of most dive centres at the best of times but Orca coped perfectly even though it is only 4 months since this Land was in the middle of a revolution. For us, there was no hint that this had happened, other than the sparse numbers of sun-worshipping tourists in the Hotels and bars. The hotels are suffering but not the guests. Revolution maybe, but not for us divers. Most large cities are far more dangerous than this place.

    23. June 2011: Slowly the Hotel started filling with divers, for many of us a reunion with familiar faces and friends from last year’s event. Finally over 60 divers were present, more than 45 of whom were Rebreather divers, and all enjoyed a week of luxury service. Comments such as: “we can’t do that” or “we haven’t got that", don’t seem to exist at this dive centre. The staff were soon friends who worked enthusiastically and tirelessly to fulfil all our demands. Each of us was free to dive as our abilities and qualifications permitted –and it was easy to find a like-minded buddy no matter what kind of dive you planned. For most that meant Trimix dives every day in depths from 40-120m. Gas was never a problem, whatever fill you needed was always ready each morning and the freshly filled cylinders were always lying by my unit ready and waiting. There seemed to be a limitless stock of Sofnolime available and Martin Parker arrived with a batch of new sensors so that the numerous Evolution and Inspirations divers were catered for, rental rebreathers, Booster pumps, Nitrox membrane filters, helium analyser, compressors, hundreds of cylinders in all sizes so that every diver got the stages needed, deco bars with emergency cylinders at whatever depth and with whatever mix was required and an electrical winch to lift your rebreather in and out of the rinsing tub ….This is a Mecca for tech divers! To top it off 2 and sometimes three spacious hard boats for our exclusive use that took us daily to the top dive sites in this area such as Panorama Reef and Abu Kafan.
    Dive centre and boat staff provided a smooth service and even the local Egyptian boat hands were well versed in helping rebreather divers kitting up and fitting stages. That’s real Teamwork!

    In addition there were daily Try-dives offered free of charge on the JJ-CCR, rEvo III, Poseidon MKVI and the powerful Bonex Scooters. Not 15 minutes in a pool – a reef dive for as long as you wished and that under the supervision of the real experts for each unit. Needless to say most divers made the most of this opportunity. Chris finally got to try the JJ and I (having been impressed with both the rEvo and JJ-CCR last year) finally got a chance to dive the much improved MkVI Discovery. I really enjoyed the experience. Light and very manoeuvrable, an easy to read and understand display and very impressive breathing characteristics. Possibly the lowest WOB and quietest loop I have ever tried.

    During the evenings there were numerous interesting presentations from manufacturers and training organizations open to all. Bruce and Lynne Partridge came all the way from Canada and gave us an insight to where Shearwater are aiming to go with „intelligent“ dive computers and true HUDs that can display all the information from the computer screen. From Greenforce we gained an excellent insight into high performance torch battery systems and advanced electronic safeguards (lamps that automatically adjust output to suit whatever type of battery is available where you may be diving). PADI introduced their plans for incorporating rebreathers in their training, Matthias Lessmann showed us the new Quantam rebreather and Martin Parker rounded off an excellent week of presentations by showing a video of his Britannic expedition and giving us all some insight into the unexpected difficulties that such a project throws up.. Needless to say the large classroom that the centre provided us was often overfull, but it was worth it and the inter-reaction of many different manufacturers and training organizations showed us all that we are all driven by the same enthusiasm, that we are all one team.

    Particular thanks must go to the manufacturers, training organizations and press reporters who were present and who added a special edge to this event. Manufacturers included Martin Parker (APD), Dave Thompson (JJ-CCR), Paul Raymaekers (rEvo), Sverker Palmblad (Poseidon), Matthias Lessmann (Submatix), Bruce und Lynn Partridge (Shearwater), and representatives for Bonex Scooters, Greenforce dive lights and Hugyfot instruments
    Under the training agencies present were Chris Ullmann, Neil Matthews and Doris Ullmann (IART) and a further 10 IART Instructors, Pascal Dietrich, Reto Moser (PADI) and Dirk Möller (RAB).

    Photographers and reporters included, Alexander Kassler (Unterwasser Magazine, Germany), Gerald Novak (Tauchen Magazine) and Arno Graner (wetnotes tech magazine) from Germany, John Liddiard (Diver Magazine) England, Jean Marc Blachet (Plongée Magazine) France and Massimo Verde from Italy.

    All credit must go though to Volker Clausen for bringing all these names under one roof. How he managed it will probably remain a mystery. But enough text…a picture is worth a thousand words.. so here are a few pictures and video links that will give you an impression of this super event. Thanks to all who made this event possible and demonstrated that Rebreather diving is here to stay and is no Fata Morgana.

    If you weren’t there, maybe you will join us next year!
    IART HQ TEAM
    Doris, Neil and Chris

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    Re: REVIEW International Rebreather Event SAFAGA/Egypt 06.23.-06.30.2011

    hi
    yes this was a really good event.
    also a lot off brilliant discussions about
    dragonfood,beauty sleep,batterieboxes,onboard counterlung repair,glases and relaxed presentations.
    also important was to go early in to the bed.i would say early in the morning.the shisha bar was the one and only place to kill time.
    gruss sepp

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    Re: REVIEW International Rebreather Event SAFAGA/Egypt 06.23.-06.30.2011

    Quote Originally Posted by seppu  View Original Post
    hi

    dragonfood,
    Yes. Thank you Sepp. I learned a new word.

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    Re: REVIEW International Rebreather Event SAFAGA/Egypt 06.23.-06.30.2011

    Quote Originally Posted by seppu  View Original Post
    dragonfood
    Was there any bat soup or flying fish available?

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    Re: REVIEW International Rebreather Event SAFAGA/Egypt 06.23.-06.30.2011

    Quote Originally Posted by sampsa  View Original Post
    Was there any bat soup or flying fish available?
    no no
    but yes is its helpful to buy it in egypt.
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