UWE was out on Saturday night diving the Hillis Explorer Rebreather at Porteau Cove. We followed an easy compass bearing out to the the fire hose and then turned right and followed it to the Jungle Gym, and then we stayed at about 50 feet heading out past the Granthhall. The dive went very well. We had one diver in Sidemount, then and another in doubles and me, well you guessed it, I was on the Hollis Explorer. The rebreather performed very well, though I think battery cell number three is having problems. I have been dealing with Gus at Hollis trying to figure out what the issues are.
Porteau Cove is an awesome dive site with so much marine life and artificial reefs that it is so much fun to check everything out, especially on a night dive. I am off to Ontario for the week, so I will land locked for a little, but I will be back at it next week!
UWE was out the other night diving at Whytecliff Park on my Hollis Explorer Rebreather. The conditions were not the best, but as we descended deeper the visibility improved drastically and we had an excellent dive. We descended in about 30 feet of water and headed down the slope. The visibility was about 20 feet. As a slide along the sand with the rebreather, I was once again treated to the cool things that my Hollis Explorer Rebreather allows me to get closer and closer to the marine life without scaring them away.
Our dive lasted about 60 minutes, I want to say my unit performed flawlessly, but I can’t. Since I had the head, handset and hud replaced I have been having battery problems with the unit. I keep it on charged, and when I put the unit together it’s fully charged, I have been having 0 battery ascend immediately warnings. The unit had been off charge for about 1.5 hours by the time I hit the water, then 60 minutes later I had the “Ascend Immediately” warning, though it’s impossible that the unit had last power that quickly.
I knew the system would have it’s problems as I know it is still very new on the market. I have to say Hollis has been very supportive, and I have been dealing with Gus, who has been fantastic. If you want to try something cool….come dive the Hollis Explorer Rebreather!!
UWE was out diving at Porteau Cove, enjoying their Hollis Explorer Weekend. We set the Hollis Explorer up on the day before, ensuring that all appropriate check lists were followed. We did a quick negative pressure test, just to ensure the final checks the next day would go off without a hitch. I noticed after trying to take the Hollis Firmware update the HUD was not working 100 percent. So, the big questions was weather to cancel the dive on Closed Circuit and dive regular Open Circuit.
I got out to the Porteau Cove, and completed the Pre dive series prior to donning my gear and I notice the HUD still no acting properly, though it was running. Deciding to ensure I paid close attention to the handset I decided to try the descent. Rene and I decided to enter the water at Porteau Cove by going down the stairs since the tide was way out. Once entering the water we descended right at the beach level and started out in the main area of the dive site here at Porteau Cove.
The HUD flashed up right on descent and started to work properly for me so it was off to the dive. The
conditions were fantastic, with visibility ranging between 10 and 40 feet at depth. We spent about 2 hours underwater, and with me diving the Hollis Explorer, I was able to get very close to the marine life without disturbing them. The Explorer worked flawlessly, and I am very happy with the purchase. I have been having some minor problems with the unit, but Hollis, Gus specifically has been awesome ensuring that Hollis stands behind their unit totally.
I will be leaving for a trip to Port Hardy to stay at God’s Pocket resort to get a weeks worth of diving in, and I am planning on bringing my camera and my new Hollis Explorer Rebreather!!
Interested in diving Porteau Cove, need information on the Hollis Explorer, let me know and I am more than happy to give my advice, and dive briefing. Either email me here, or stop by Ocean Quest and we can have a chat about your diving needs
UWE has decided to purchase the Hollis Explorer Rebreather as their choice for their Recreational Rebreather. Having been certified on the Drager Dolphin Rebreather many years ago, and not having used it in a long time, I have been wanting to dive a rebreather as one of my many methods for diving. I was thinking of buying and training on the Hollis Prism 2 breathers, but I could not justify the eCCR purchase as I have not had the opportunity to do many technical dives in the past couple of years. Though I do love photography, and a rebreather certainly makes sense to dive for the quiet affect.
I can see the Hollis Explorer eSCR as a smart choice, easier set up, easier predive, minimal bubbles, with extended times underwater. Also, the price point is pretty attractive for sure. My Explorer should be in any time now, though my training does not begin until early April, I am already working on the course material, and intend getting to know the user manual like never before. I certainly am open to learning more and more about diving and I think this is the best route for me.
I plan on keeping a journal on my training and posting the various dive profiles I will encounter during my training as well as my fun dives. I am heading to Gods Pocket Resort in May, and my goal is to be fully competent by then so I can dive it and put it through the paces while up at the Pocket.
Be sure to check back and see how my training is going. I will post open and honest opinions on here so everyone will know how the Rebreather works.
UWE headed down to DEMA Las Vegas this year to investigate all of the new cutting edge dive gear coming out on the market. I must admit, I have been very impressed with DEMA Las Vegas, even though I am a first timer, I learned so much. I never realized there are so many different gear suppliers. One of my personal favourites was the Hollis, Oceanic display. I had an opportunity again to chat with Jeff and Kevin, and too see some of the new Hollis gear coming our way.
I also attended the Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer course, as well as the IDC Staff Instructor update. Very cool, and great work by PADI having a wet session this year. I learned so much, from not only the PADI staff, but the interaction with all PDF the other instructors that were present.
Looking for something new, hit DEMA, or come and take your First Aid Instructor Course with UWE!!