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    Good first rebreather?

    Gainesville, Florida is where I am, and I too will soon be a rebreather diver. Hopefully this week I take my first lesson.

    I'm sure this will be covered by my instructor, but if you feel inclined to share your thoughts...

    What is a good first rebreather?

    Money is not a major issue, but certainly not unlimited.

    I like to cave dive and frequently use side mount. I'm not fixated on any one diving method, and I do realize that one style does not cover all situations.

    Although, that "low rider" config looks pretty sweet.

    Jonathan Pitt

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    Welcome on board, when you have the possibility to do try dives on different units, do it....
    For me the Meg is a good machine, but here every reb owner would say his /her machine is the best on earth, so here we separate´s the man from the boys, you must build up your own opinion.......

    Much fun and enjoy it,....

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    Re: Good first rebreather?

    What is good first rebreather? Answer The first one you own .
    Try dive every unit you can before buying any.

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    For a first RB, I strongly suggest you get the same one your diving buddies are using.
    There is nothing more valuable than having people round you to learn from and watch your back.

    Choosing a different unit later can then be based upon experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by divetheworld  View Original Post
    For a first RB, I strongly suggest you get the same one your diving buddies are using.
    There is nothing more valuable than having people round you to learn from and watch your back.

    Choosing a different unit later can then be based upon experience.
    That's one reason why I went for the rEvo. Together with easy availability of spare parts, a lot of rEvo instructors around me and the excellent service, help and advice from the manufacturer.

    Have fun choosing.


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    Re: Good first rebreather?

    Quote Originally Posted by divetheworld  View Original Post
    For a first Rebreather, I strongly suggest you get the same one your diving buddies are using.
    There is nothing more valuable than having people round you to learn from and watch your back.

    Choosing a different unit later can then be based upon experience.
    +1 .....Having an instructor close by made the training easier. The availability to service and get parts quickly is a must. Being able to dive with great divers using the same unit was the reason I went with mine as well.

    Good luck and enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluetickle  View Original Post
    Gainesville, Florida is where I am, and I too will soon be a rebreather diver. Hopefully this week I take my first lesson.

    I'm sure this will be covered by my instructor, but if you feel inclined to share your thoughts...

    What is a good first rebreather?

    Money is not a major issue, but certainly not unlimited.

    I like to cave dive and frequently use side mount. I'm not fixated on any one diving method, and I do realize that one style does not cover all situations.

    Although, that "low rider" config looks pretty sweet.

    Jonathan Pitt
    Jonathan, have a talk with Jim Wyatt, he's based Gainesville, CCR instructor, and now also CCR cave instructor.
    Cave country dive shop.

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    Re: Good first rebreather?

    Quote Originally Posted by divetheworld  View Original Post
    For a first Rebreather, I strongly suggest you get the same one your diving buddies are using.
    There is nothing more valuable than having people round you to learn from and watch your back.

    Choosing a different unit later can then be based upon experience.
    Philosophically I agree with you but practically I don't!

    Get the one that suits you the best. How will you know? Good Question. Check out as many units as you can, ask lots of questions and have a list of priorities.

    Since you are in FLorida, give Peter Sotis from Add Helium a call. I think he has about 9 different units he can walk you through on.

    Good Luck and welcome!

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    Re: Good first rebreather?

    One of the important reasons for my RB choice was that it is the very thinnest possible profile of and RB. I like cave diving and crawling through some tight spots on wrecks too.

    I dive a rEvo now, but it is the 3rd RB that I have owned. I consider the first couple to be my learning experience so that I would know what I really wanted.

    Go with what suits your needs and wants in a RB. Don't worry so much about what your friends are using. I tried going the route with the popular to my locale unit and was very unhappy with the outcome. When I first switched to the rEvo there was no parts, service, or support available in the US. I went with what I wanted for myself and am happy with that outcome.
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