Rebreather Live-Aboard 2015

Following the success of our first comprehensive rebreather trip to the Galapagos in 2013, we are now organizing the next bi-annual trip for September 2015.  These trips represent the pinnacle in aquatic interaction on closed circuit rebreathers in the Galapagos and offer unique encounters unavailable on open circuit scuba.

This amazing experience is now made available to a very limited and select group of divers.   The Galapagos archipelago is a world famous hotspot for observing marine mega fauna, especially sharks. The use of rebreather technologies provides great opportunity for very close wildlife experiences in the islands.

In the Galapagos hundreds of hammerhead sharks and rays cruising overhead, while big schools of Galapagos sharks wonder very close, can be the fore playing scene for a bus sized whale shark to appear out of the blue…

This is a reason why many diving enthusiasts and underwater imaging specialists come every year.  But very few of the regular tourists will ever have the opportunity to witness this world patrimony national park in its perfect silence.  If the experience is amazing enough in Open Circuit imagine it with the bubble less and quiet and moist environment a rebreather provides.

From September 7th to 14th, 2015 a rebreather oriented expedition to the Galapagos Islands is being organized by PADI Course Directors and Technical Instructor Trainers Andy Phillips and Jorge Mahauad. The specialized trip is supported by Galapagos Rebreathers.

Following the success of our 2013 trip and guests wishing to rebook we only have 9 places available as of January 2014. Please contact us for more information.


Congratulations to Christopher, a new PADI Tec 40 CCR diver in the Galapagos Islands

Times have been hectic here but we needed to allow some time to pause and acknowledge his achievement. Christopher contacted the Galapagos Tip Top Dive & Training Facility for a set of PADI dive courses and excursions earlier this month. He completed his Tec 40 CCR Inspiration / Evolution course with us last week. Congratulations and welcome to the ‘silent side’...


Michael Pitts on Galapagos Rebreathers

Here is a short testimonial about diving the Galapagos on a CCR. This clip was recorded by multiple award winner underwater camera man Michael Pitts after a 3 week trip we did together. I hope you enjoy it. We will be at DEMA 2013 in booth 1735 to talk about Galapagos Rebreathers, training, live-aboard and land based.



The Galapagos CCR ‘after party’

I always have a hard time getting back to civilization after a Galapagos Rebreathers live-aboard trip. The logistics and trip preparation are hard but the rewards of coming back with dozens of hours of CCR diving with the best marine life diving in the world is priceless.

On the other hand, I often end up with hundreds of raw photos and video. The immediate reality of this world make it easy to turn those into a steady stream of media for Facebook or YouTube; o the other hand, the time and patience to work on a piece of edited material that makes sense and fairness to the extent of the experience our customers have while diving a CCR here is a whole other story.

As much as I dread doing it I understand the need to create something that can, somehow, maybe, make justice to what really being here is. It’s just hard to find the time and dedication to work on this with an amazing wife and daughter who deserve all the love in the world, an everyday busier dive center and the hundreds of emails and projects that wait impatiently.

Here is short edit made from amateur footage taken with GoPro cameras. I've also gathered some testimonials from of the divers on board and will atempt to brodcasten them soon enough. I hope this makes a little justice to what being here really is.

Watch this space for more...


Galapagos Rebreathers 2013 starts tomorrow

Leaving for the biggest ever Galapagos Rebreathers trip. We have 14 dives on board on CCR and a wide range of units. Welcome everybody and dive safe!!


And so it begins… Welcome John and Frank!

Today John Castracane and Frank Mcdermott arrived to our dive resort in Puerto Ayora. They are the first two people to arrive to Tip Top Diving from the 2013 Galapagos Rebreathers live-aboard trip.

Everyone is very excited about this and units are being built already. We will be working on getting everything ready tomorrow and then doing a couple check dives on Wednesday.

The trip starts on Monday but we expect to have everything loaded and ready to go by Sunday. I will do my best to keep this blog updated but can’t promise much. 14 CCRs aren’t easy to support and time will be really tight for the next week or so.

You can follow this trip by using the Galapagos Rebreather Liveaboards 2013 tag.


An Update: 10 Recommended Practices for Safe CCR Diving in Galapagos

Back in October 2012 I developed a series of blog posts about "10 Recommended Practices for Safe CCR Diving in Galapagos". With our 2013 CCR live-aboard around the corner I would like to revisit these series of posts and share this with our guests. The original post with minor changes to add current links follow:

"Galapagos Rebreathers is a firm that has pioneered in developing rebreather diving in the Galapagos since 2010.  Over almost two years, we have successfully supported over 5 different rebreather friendly live-aboard trips and one major film project with a total of 10 rebreather divers who have performed over 300 hours of completely safe, professionally supported and rebreather supervised diving.

We work in affiliation with the most renowned rebreather diving professionals and instructor trainers in their regions. Before we started this, rebreather travel to this world class destination was nearly impossible. There was also no repository for the lessons learned about the particular conditions that could make diving in such a special destination safer. I’m glad to say this is no longer true.

At this time, Galapagos Rebreathers is the only firm actively offering rebreather support for people who want rebreather travel opportunities to the Galapagos Islands and I am the only active CCR professional in the region. Sharing knowledge about the lessons learned and particularities of diving rebreathers in Galapagos might be counterproductive from a commercial standpoint but is cumbersome in the face of preventing accidents.

For those who know me, you probably know I am someone with a positive and corrective approach. With this in mind, I have developed a series of posts to be published in this blog during the next few days. These posts come from lessons learned either by me and my companions while developing rebreather travel in the destination or from the study of what others have experienced here. 

You are welcome to follow this series of posts by clicking on the links below or by using this tag.

01 - No Solo Diving
02 - Have Off-Board Bailout Gas
03 - Bring a Medical
04 - Bring Experience
05 - Bring Spares
06 - Be Visible
07 - Avoid Fumes
08 - Log your Gas
09 - Mind Vertical Currents
10 - Do OUR Way