Good news! Solid state oxygen sensors are here

I just returned home from attending TEKdiveUSA.2016 over the weekend.

Besides the amazing talks and stories there which I will not try to reproduce in this blog, I wanter to blog about one of the most remarkable advancements in terms of innovation for Tecnical Diving in the last few years.

Oxygen measuring is still probably one of the weakest links in the "modern" rebreather. Highly evolved electronics and controllers thrive to keep us alive but the good old galvanic sensor has always been there to make sure things aren't that easy.

Anyway, Poseidon Systems introduced a working model of a solid state Oxygen sensor. This is huge. There has been a lot of talk about these for many years and I am glad to see one that will be commercially available in 2016.

Poseidon has also understood that this advancement is for the benefit and growth of rebreather “industry”, not just for Poseidon rebreathers. They will be selling the sensor in conjunction with the new M28, an advanced dive computer.

The technical details are available here.


TEKdiveUSA.2016 is here

Starting tonight, TEKDiveUSA is a biennial advanced and technical diving conference.

We kick things off tonight with a BBQ.

A dive into a volcanic cave 60 meters deep in a collapsed crater
in Gordon Rocks, Galapagos Islands. 
The next couple days will comprise an exhibition. The 'show and tell' will has over 35 international technical diving companies with opportunities to talk directly with manufacturers.

For me, the most interesting part is the conference with several talks from the leading TEK divers and explorers around the globe. All these exciting talks and useful workshops will cover many aspects of advanced and technical diving including wreck, cave and dive physiology, technique, safety, technological advancement and imaging.

There will also be a gala awards dinner. The Gala Awards Dinner is the night where we celebrate success, catch up with old friends and make new contacts.

I will be posting a report on the things that I find most interesting and exciting in the next few days. If you are around and want to learn about what we do with Rebreathers in the Galapagos Islands just send me a line!



Amazing Galapagos video footage by Armado Gasse - Galapagos Rebreathers

I met Armando Gasse (armandogasse.com) back in 2012 while supporting a private vessel on a 2 week long trip to the Galapagos. We have remained friends since then and he is always sharing his amazing material with me.

It is often hard to share the material filmed in super yacht support expeditions because of it's private nature. But here is an extensive edit of our trip back in 2012 with 4 rebreather divers on board that amazing 60 meter Research Super Yacht.

He managed to leave out the boat information so I thought of sharing it... enjoy!

For more information on rebreather travel to the Galapagos Islands check out our rebreather live-aboard specialized trips for 2016 and 2017. For Rebreather Super Yacht Support in the Galapagos Islands follow this link.


2016 and 2017 Galapagos Rebreather trips

Exciting news! We have a number of trips available in 2016 and 2017 for the Galapagos Rebreathers community.

Here is the schedule:

Aug 5 - 12 - 1 spaces available on board Nortada.

Nortada is a privately owened vessel. It started operations in Galapagos in February 2015 and works with 8 guests only.

Even with an 8 guest capacity, Nortada is priced within the market. Their value proposition is not to provide a more luxurious option, but rather to maximize diving by providing a very comprehensive dive itinerary, the ability to dive from smaller groups and to tailor services for special interest groups. This trip will be run by Jorge A. Mahauad

Aug 7 - 14, spaces still available. This trip is on board Humboldt Explorer, a well-established vessel in the market. Carrying 16 people, this is aimed as a rebreather only trip and will be run in conjunction with Andy Phillips.

Aug 18 - Sept 15, spaces available in several weeks of back to back trips on board Nortada.

A la carte departures:

The Galapagos Rebreathers firm is run as a local platform for industry leaders worldwide who show interest in organizing rebreather travel to the Galapagos Islands. We provide support in terms of booking and marketing live-aboard spaces for rebreathers and provide on-site support, equipment, consumables and guiding. If you have a group of 4 or more please feel free to contact us as we can open a la carte departures if required.

Please feel free to contact Jorge A. Mahauad, Andy Phillips or Pete Mesley to learn more about these departures. Galapagos Rebreathers will be sharing a booth with the Galapagos Tip Top Dive and Training Facility in DEMA 2015, booth # 1823 


We are back from the Galapagos Rebreathers 2015 expedition

After an amazing week of rebreather diving in the Galapagos Islands, 16 divers, 220 kilos of Sofnolime used, 25,000+ liters of Oxygen pumped and almost 400 man hours of safe rebreather diving, our 2015 Galapagos Rebreathers expedition ended today. A ton of photos, videos and comments will be flooding the social media of our community members, be on the look out or go to our faceboook page for more


Galapagos Rebreathers in DEMA 2014

Jorge A. Mahauad, managing director of Galapagos Rebreathers will be attending DEMA Show 2014. Come by booth 2133 to have a chat and learn about what we are doing to promote rebreather travel to the Galapagos Islands. To make an appointment call (239) 400 - 4581 or (239) 240 7595.


Besides my own rebreather, what else should I bring?

We recommended the following minimum spares and consumables:

  • Oxygen Sensors (2) 
  • Oxygen compatible grease
  • Any unit specific O-ring kit
  • Any unit specific tools
  • Mouthpiece