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Did a dive on Hollis Explorer today

Discussion in 'Rebreather Diving' started by Jill Heinerth, May 23, 2012.

  1. Jill Heinerth

    Jill Heinerth RebreatherPro ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives:
    Location: High Springs, Florida
    This is the game changer in sport rebreathers!

    Kev Gurr called me last night after doing his first dives on the new Hollis Explorer rebreather. It totally exceeded his expectations. It is the product of years of his design and engineering efforts and he was still blown away by actually diving his own rig. I had the honor of being the first person to dive it after Kev. Needless to say, when he made the offer, I drove to Blue Grotto as fast as I could.

    The Explorer is an SCR but if you ever owned a Drager, this is a completely different ballgame. To begin with, it only needed a couple of pounds of trim weight in a wetsuit (I think I used about 25 pounds on the old Drager). It intelligently adds gas as needed, carefully monitoring the O2 with three sensors. It barely burps (unlike the old Drager). All checks are automated with the onscreen checklist. It won't breathe at all unless the sorb canister is properly inserted in the unit. It has a gaseous CO2 monitor, integrated BOV, HUD and wrist computer. It is put together in minutes without tools and has an integrated black box for download (will offer blue tooth download). It recharges through a simple port and that part of the rebreather can be taken in your hotel room at night for recharging rather than the entire unit.

    The diving experience was incredible. It trimmed perfectly and swam like a dream. The projected price will be far below anything else and will bring rebreathers to a whole new subset of diving. I know recreational divers will love it, but you will be seeing me at Ginnie with a pair of sidemount bailouts using this in the future! The pic shows Kev in the standard BC but it will also ship with a ted harness for those that prefer.

    All good!

  2. 57Writer

    57Writer Professional Photographer

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Florida
    Jill Heinerth came home all smiles today! This is as excited as I've ever seen her about diving gear. Some girls like Tiffany, some Victoria's Secret - Jill likes Tech! She's not like other girls!
  3. reddiver970

    reddiver970 PADI Pro

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
    When will it be available to the public?
  4. formula1mb@aol.com

    formula1mb@aol.com Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Southern California
    What's the selling price going to be? What exactly does far below anything else mean?

    Below 5k? 3k? You can already get the KISS GEM for little over 3k so hopefully it will be in the same ball park.
  5. rongoodman

    rongoodman ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Albany, NY
    Sounds like Katie Brown going shopping for nylons, shoes, and a new belt in that Citibank ad--maybe Jill can do a cave diving version.
  6. jepuskar

    jepuskar Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Chicago, IL
    This will be something to keep an eye on. Thanks for the post.
  7. SnorkelLA

    SnorkelLA DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: The Water
    Probably would go something like, "my husband and I were going on vacation, so I decided to pick up a few things with my Citi Thank You card, a new rebreather... aaaaaaaaand damn my card maxed out."

  8. Chett L

    Chett L Rebreather Pilot

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Los Angeles, California
    Hi Jill,

    Thanks for the report, look foward to trying this unit.

    Best regards,
  9. muzikbiz22

    muzikbiz22 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Southern California
    Any updated info on this unit ?
  10. AdvenJack

    AdvenJack Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: North of Tampa, South of Homosassa, United States

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