A Tri-partisan look at the state of Rebreathers by ANDI, TDI and IANTD @ RF3
One week today CCR Pioneer’s ANDI, IANTD and TDI will release historical training data at Rebreather Forum 3. The three agencies have worked together and will announce the total number of divers certified on rebreathers. This has not been done before, and it will give the Industry some idea of just how big the CCR (Closed Circuit Rebreather) market is.
“There has been a lot of speculation out there about just how many people lean to dive on CCR’s”, stated TDI’s President Brian Carney. “I am really glad to participate with Ed Betts of ANDI and Joe Dituri of IANTD and release our certification numbers”.
“The rebreather industry is fickle and I laud the other big rebreather certification agencies getting together and setting the record straight,” stated IANTD’s Vice President Joe Dituri. “I have never been more excited to be part of this growing culture. Our cooperation is a win for the diving public”.
“Our corroboration will hopefully provide some clarity and result in a stronger, safer industry for all of us”, said Ed Betts, President of ANDI. “Rebreather Forum 3 should be about improving safety and understanding. Safety should not be a competitive issue”.
Due to the fact that ANDI, IANTD and TDI have slightly different ways of classifying rebreather certifications the numbers will be broken down as ‘Basic’, ‘Intermediate’ and ‘Advanced’ certifications by year. Basic qualifications will include any entry level program to SCR’s (Semi-Closed Rebreather) and CCR’s. Intermediate qualifications will include any training that includes minimal decompression. Whilst Advanced qualifications will include Trimix and exploratory qualifications. The companies will also be showing the difference between SCR and CCR certifications.
This information will be released post RF3 for anyone not able to attend this event and will be included in the published Conference Proceedings.
“20 Years of CCR Training Data from ANDI, IANTD and TDI” will be presented on Friday 18th May 2012 at 11:30 in Boca Room IV, Caribe Royale by Ed Betts, Brian Carney and Joe Dituri