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PADI Dolphin Semi Closed Rebreather

If you are looking for something different, something challenging or maybe a stepping stone into the realms of technical diving, then try the PADI Dolphin Semi Closed Rebreather Specialty.

The main feature of a semiclosed rebreather is the reduced bubbles and silence it offers, which allows you to get closer to shy wildlife.

Through the PADI Dolphin Semi Closed Rebreather Specialty you learn the special procedures for semi closed rebreather, or SCR for short, diving. This includes special dive planning, organization, procedures and potential hazards, many of which differ significantly from conventional, open circuit scuba.

It specifically focuses on the features, accessories, maintenance and proper use of the Draeger Dolphin Semi Closed Rebreather.

Many divers have used this specialty as a stepping stone onto the fully closed circuit rebreather training programmes offered here at Aquasport International.

To Start

How do I get started?

As with all of the diving education programmes at Aquasport you start with the training materials. A deposit of £50 is required to book your PADI Dolphin SCR Specialty. We will provide you with the Draeger Dolphin user e-manual for you to read prior to the start of your training.


What will I do?

During your programme you will cover the following:

  • Learn the simple operation of how an SCR works
  • Advantages and disadvantages of the rebreather
  • Assembly, disassembly, maintenance and fault finding techniques
  • Dive planning and emergency procedures with semiclosed rebreathers
  • Overview of a fully closed circuit rebreather system

You will have two days of intense SCR diver training to complete. In our fully equipped multi-media classrooms you will learn not only how to prepare an SCR for diving, but also how to extend the life of your SCR with proper care and maintenance.

You will also complete an SCR orientation in our on site training pool.

You will put into practice what you learn in a combination of skills in three open water training dives.


How long will it take?

The PADI Dolphin SCR Diver Specialty takes place over one weekend. Starting on the Saturday morning at 9am you will complete the theory sections from the PADI Dolphin SCR Diver manual.

You will also complete an orientation to SCR diving in our on site training pool.

The Sunday will cover all the practical sessions during your three open water training dives.


What will I need?

The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification or equivalent (or PADI Open Water Diver certification or equivalent with at least 10 logged dives) and the PADI Enriched Air Diver Specialty or equivalent are the prerequisite requirements for the PADI Dolphin SCR Diver Specialty.

All standard scuba equipment requirements are included in the price, less anything you should have from your AOW and Enriched Air programmes.

The minimum age of enrollment on this programme is 15yrs.

You will need to fill out a self certification medical statement. If you have any medical conditions you think may prevent you from scuba diving please feel free to contact us and we will try to be of assistance.


PADI Dolphin Semi Closed Rebreather Diver Specialty £245.

A £50 deposit is required when you book your programme with Aquasport. Balance of payment is due two weeks prior to the start of your training.


Starting on Friday evenings at 6.30pm and continuing on Saturday and Sunday for the experience dives.

Courses starting montlhy. Call the centre for the latest course information on 0121 706 6628 or email info@aquasportonline.com

Where To?

Where can I go from here?

Once you have completed your PADI Dolphin SCR Diver Specialty you have started down the road of technical diving, maybe your next step is the PADI Deep Diver Specialty or PADI Wreck Diver Specialty. Or if you enjoyed diving on a Semi Closed Rebreather, then why book onto one of our PSA Inspiration Closed Circuit Rebreather programmes and really enter the realms of the technical.

Once you have completed five PADI specialties and your PADI Rescue Diver and have 50 logged dives you hold all the prerequisites for the PADI Master Scuba Diver certification. This is the highest non-professional rating in the PADI system of diver education.

Here at Aquasport all of our Instructors hold this level of recreational certification. We recommend that every diver takes this route regardless of their further ambitions as we see it as a commitment to education and a real achievement.

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