Hollis discount
PADI Course Director Filippo Molina conducts professional courses and in particular IDCs at the Marina Diving Centre in Loano near Genoa on Italy’s north-west coast. This year he became Hollis Ambassador for Italy and started offering courses for recreational divers with Hollis Explorer rebreathers.
Molina maintains that the Explorer is so easy to use that any Open Water Diver or AOWD with nitrox certification can take part. If you have a Deep Diver certification, you can use the unit down to 40m.
Rental of the unit is included in the price of either a four-day PADI Rebreather Diver or Advanced Rebreather Diver course – which Molina is reducing from 500 to 350 euros plus the price of dives for any DIVER reader who would like to book.

Bubble-free Borneo
English-owned Borneo Dream Travel & Tours has been operating for seven years and runs two PADI 5* dive resorts at the Sutera Harbour and Gaya Island hotels in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Diving is year-round, although May to August is the most popular time to visit for divers wanting to explore the Usukan Bay World War Two wrecks.
The operation caters not only for travelling rebreather divers but for those wishing to learn, with its TDI Closed Circuit Rebreather courses using APD Evolution rebreathers starting from £906.
For existing intermediate rebreather divers, the TDI Mixed Gas CCR course is an option – while a location of this sort is likely to prove rewarding for anyone undertaking a Wreck Diver speciality.

Rec CCR in Utila
Utila Dive Centre says it has been seeing a trend of very experienced divers seeking its closed-circuit rebreather training at a recreational level to enhance their dive experience and extend dive times. It says its Bay Islands location in the Caribbean offers ”idyllic” conditions for training and diving year-round.
UDC’s PADI recreational rebreather courses last three to four days and cost US $920, including materials, unit hire and gases. If successful at the end of the course, you will be certified to dive CCR to a depth of 30m within recreational limits.

Red Sea CCR
New from tour operator The Scuba Place are the PADI Rebreather and Advanced Rebreather Diver courses, diving on the Hollis Explorer recreational bubble-free kit.
PADI Course Director Ryby Stonehouse of Blue Ocean Diving is hosting certification trips at Roots Luxury Dive Camp in El Quseir, Egypt, in September and October this year.
The full course, flights, transfers, soft all-inclusive accommodation in a deluxe chalet and unlimited diving comes in at £1799pp and, given the nature of the training, The Scuba Place warns that spaces are limited, so get in fast!