The first ever diving forum in Ecuador “Costabuceo Ecuador” is being held in Guayaquil at this time. It started on Wednesday September 28th, will end on Thursday the 30th and 10 exhibitors are speaking about subjects ranging from underwater photography to diving medicine. Disciplines involved also range from military diving to APNEA and rebreather technologies are obviously included. Galapagos Rebreathers manager Jorge A. Mahauad made a short presentation about this technology and it's application in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.
The Galapagos Islands have been in the eye of rebreather divers for a while now. Although there was not a rebreather specific and specialized operation in the islands until we showed up, several pioneers and rebreather divers have been here since the early times of diving.
Probably the first ever was Dr. Hans Hass, a diving pioneer known mainly for his ground breaking documentaries about the underwater world, which were mostly made with the use of rebreathers as the diving technology of choice.
Dr. Hass left some treasure back for us from his two visits to Floreana Island in the 1950’s. This week, after many years under the domain of Capt. Rolf Wittmer, a series of images original photographs with handwritten dedication to the family have been recovered, catalogued and preserved. Photographs are dedicated to the family of Galapagos Rebreathers manager Mr. Jorge A. Mahauad.
|Lotte and Hans Hass|
|Back inscription: Proud to meet, Lotte and Dr. Hass. Personally and always remember the beautiful, fun evening we had here in Floreana .|
|To remember the XARIFA expedition January 1954. In the second visit of the German ship to Floreana|
During the rebreather liveaboard trip in August, one of the team members brought up the idea of filming Humpback Whales with Rebreathers. Insight came immediately. “Yes we can do that. I have the place, the people and the capacity to put together a 5 day trip to do just that”, I said. In fact, we could also combine that with some manta ray reef and diving and make it match with the 2012 rebreather diving trip to Galapagos’s crown jewels Darwin and Wolf.
I’m working on that at this time and more details will be released soon. The trip will be sometime between August and September 2012 (this is when the humpbacks are here from Antartica). We will be land based; that means staying at a local hotel and taking a day trip boat and get back in the afternoon. I'm also working on having scientific support and in complementing the expedition with research from the Pacific Whale Foundation in Ecuador.
This idea is very exciting. I will keep updating. If you want more information please send an email to jorge(at)galapagosccr.com.
This clip was recorded on a single 60 minute rebreather dive in the “August 2011 Galapagos Rebreathers expedition”. It was filmed by team member Mike. Jorge A. Mahauad barely put together this raw-ish material to try and share the experience of diving rebreathers in the Galapagos Islands.
Hope you enjoy this as much as we did.
We are back from the rebreather expedition with PADI CD Andy Phillips, PADI CD Al Schumer and rebreather cameraman Mike Echevarria. After a few days of catching up, the footage is slowly starting to stream on line.
This was filmed at the north side of Wolf Island in the Galapagos Islands. The cavern is located 12 meters underwater with 3 galleries. Formation is from the erosion of volcanic ash. Most of the cavern is actually open water and dive zone is always within daylight. It makes a nice, relaxed dive.
We will keep editing some material and posting it on line for your enjoyment.