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Making the leap: help choosing first rb

Discussion in 'Rebreather Diving' started by Zebra 1, Aug 17, 2020.

  1. rddvet

    rddvet DIR Practitioner

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    Never took it home. Instructor was nice enough to just charge me a rental fee. Based on that experience I will likely never take a ccr class unless it's a rental or loaner unit first. I was lucky that I loved my first unit from dive 1. I went into the sw class excited and ready to love it and was profoundly disappointed ( in the unit not the class. Like any good quality class I learned some things I didin't know). I'm interested in the Choptima, but won't base my choice to purchase on a try dive. I'd want to do the crossover on a loaner or rental then choose to buy a unit from there. I try-dived the sidewinder about 4 years ago or so before I had any knowledge about rebreathers. I thought it was great at that time and that's why I was confident I'd love it. Once I had some ccr experience under my belt it was a different story.
     
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  2. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    right, Ted McCoy would be a good one. I forgot that he's still diving the O2ptima. He was my Mod1 instructor on the Meg and it was a really good class
     
  3. Superlyte27

    Superlyte27 Cave Instructor

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    I have a unit to lend (with nerd) for class if needed. My schedule is usually wide open as I’m mostly retired from my real job. Ted is a better instructor than me for most people. He’s been teaching rebreather for as long as I’ve been diving I think. That’s 25+ years.
     
  4. Superlyte27

    Superlyte27 Cave Instructor

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    For anyone doing a try dive on the CM. Make sure your chin is between the groove in the middle of the CL. If it is, it breathes better than anything. If it isn’t, is sucks (and blows at the same time) -Bart Simpson
     
  5. rddvet

    rddvet DIR Practitioner

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    Location: Florida
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    You referring to the Chopitma or the Optima (for the OP). I didn't realize you had a rental/loaner unit. Lamar only knew that Ted did.
     
  6. wedivebc

    wedivebc CCR Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Boy, if the boat is that crowded that it is a factor in rebreather selection it's time to find another boat.
     
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  7. Evan Davies

    Evan Davies Angel Fish

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    Location: Munich
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    Interesting read, though nobody in the States seems to care for JJ CCR?
    It's renowned for being reliable and simple. It is after all the CCR that has the current depth record as far as I know. Will Goodman wouldn't use something he wasn't absolutely sure of for this.
    rEvo, AP, Optima, Meg seem to be mentioned a lot, but not much on the JJ, SF2, Liberty etc. How come?
     
  8. rsingler

    rsingler Scuba Instructor, Tinkerer in Brass Staff Member ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    I LOVE mine! And so does @doctormike!
    I think the numbers are increasing, slowly.
    It was an interesting choice for me. Liked the new technology in the X-CCR, but the JJ build quality and logical layout won me over.
     
  9. rddvet

    rddvet DIR Practitioner

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    Location: Florida
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    I see JJs all the time. They're not unpopular
     
  10. rddvet

    rddvet DIR Practitioner

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    X-CCR price took it out of contention for me.
     

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