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Bailout rebreather?

Discussion in 'Rebreather Diving' started by Thrutch, Apr 5, 2021.

  1. Dsix36

    Dsix36 Solo Diver

    Anyone who has actually been deep enough for the CMF to stop flowing will already know that the need to add in order to keep the PO2 up is both very minimal and very far between additions. A small offboard tank of "rich" diluent is all that is needed.

    As to using a bailout rebreather - it can make these dives both easier and more complicated at the same time. It is not an foolproof answer and requires a h**l of a lot of faith in your skills and equipment. Using them without first doing a lot of practice, trial, emergency, test dives first will most definitely not end in a favorable manner.
    Vicko, cathal, Heat Miser and 3 others like this.
  2. marsh9077

    marsh9077 Contributor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Australia
    This is the first I have heard of this and I know ALOT of people that dive Apeks regs both for bail out's and dil/O2 supply. I would be curious to see some post about what the exact failure is and some pictures as well?? I have never had a problem with Apeks seats nor have I heard any other fellow divers complain about them and I have about a dozen Apeks regs that all use the same seat so I have gone through alot of HP seats but never had any fail. Maybe it was just a bad batch of plastic for a specific manufacture run???? I would agree maybe worth starting a new thread, I am very interested to know more about this.

    Only issue I have noticed over the years of using Apeks regs is the diaphragms. I find with high He mixes say 70%+ it seems that the He leaks past the diaphragm and bubbles out the environmental seal so your reg looks like it has a environmental seal tumor/zit. During lots of use about 1-2 a month I have to relive the tumor pressure from all my deep bailouts by unscrewing the eviro cap and when I do you can hear the gas hiss out.

    Oooo Ooooo :happywave::happywave::happywave: Ill take them if you do, message me. Those US4's are hard to come by outside the EU.
    1c3d1v3r likes this.
  3. rsingler

    rsingler Scuba Instructor, Tinkerer in Brass Staff Member ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Napa, California
    This is just what prompted my post!

  4. Rol diy

    Rol diy Registered

    Does anyone have more information on this rebreather... seems a bit vague from what I can find online. Wondering why it didn't become more popular... I know it a scr. But it seems like a good solution for bailout... how was the wob?

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  5. grantctobin

    grantctobin ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Chicago
    I don’t know that it was ever released to the public/production. Mike had since updated it to be a CCR and there’s some other small prototypes in existence but nothing available.
  6. Brad_Horn

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    ~180m is pretty much the functional limit now for a stock off the shelf CMF unit that will still pass CE (to 100m) testing criteria.
  7. Vicko

    Vicko Contributor

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Croatia
    Euro divers use them a lot, all of the Lake Garda depth record fatalities were diving them (one dude didn't take one on his "record breaking" dive due to it breaking a day earlier, apparently both his scooter and rebreather failed before reaching 313). I saw plenty of people with a flex as bailout or dual t-rebs and I got a feeling that most of them would dive just the same without any bailouts.
  8. Rol diy

    Rol diy Registered

    I would be interested to know what others that have dove it think. I have a similar project built in my head and see alot of pros to this layout.

    Seems like if the msr bag was clipped to LH chest D ring it should breathe almost as good as any front mount rebreather...
  9. Big-swede

    Big-swede Registered

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Sweden
    It probably went unpopular when the 3rd season of lost aired and jack fell to pieces...
  10. rjack321

    rjack321 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Port Orchard, Washington State
    It was a pendulum rebreather. A few prototypes were given away/sold. It was never sold commercially and a REALLY bad idea as a bailout rebreather. Without good respiratory discipline and shallow depths (dwell time is miniscule) you will die of CO2 poisoning.

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