Kiwidivers : The Elite Rebreather Diving Shop in Phuket

PADI Rebreather Diving at Kiwidivers

Diving with a recreational rebreather

Rebreathers used to be only for technical diving or the military, but not anymore. With the introduction of the recreational rebreathers that are available today anyone can learn to dive on a rebreather. New Type R (recreational) rebreathers are lightweight, easy-to-transport and have sophisticated electronics to simplify their use.

Recreational Rebreathers have opened up a whole new world to divers by introducing them to diving experiences and close up encounters never before available to bubble blowing Open Circuit divers.

Longer no decompression limits, Longer dive times and no bubbles which means a lot less noise resulting in a completely different experience with marine life. Get closer than ever before to the fish and watch them in a relaxed state rather than the frantic activity demonstrated when Open Circuit bubble blowers are around. You will soon see why most professional underwater photographers are using rebreathers today.

The first rebreathers for recreational diving

The Rebreather Association of International Divers (RAID) was founded in 2007 to provide the first recreational rebreather training courses on the Poseidon Mk VI Discovery Rebreather. PADI was the first WRSTC (World Recreational Scuba Training Council) member agency to create the Recreational Rebreather (type R) courses that are so popular today.

With the launch of the PADI range of courses in 2010 the recreational rebreather revolution started with PADI dive centers all over the world offering training and support for rebreather divers. Kiwidiver in Phuket provides the full range of genuine PADI recreational rebreather courses.

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New to Rebreathers?
Start with PADI Discover Rebreathers

PADI Discover Rebreathers

Want to try cutting-edge dive equipment and learn about rebreather technology? Discover Rebreathers on a PADI one-day introductory program and try a recreational rebreather or a technical Closed Circuit Rebreather (CCR) in controlled conditions.

The program is open to certified divers at least 18 years of age who have logged at least 15 dives.

During the program, you’ll learn the differences between rebreathers and open-circuit scuba, the two basic rebreather types how rebreathers function.

If you enjoy your pool training experience and seem to master the basic control of the unit you have the option of an additional dive at one of our local beaches (weather permitting) so you can discover the new challenges and benefits of rebreather diving.

Ready to get certified?
PADI Rebreather Diver and Advanced Courses

In this entry-level four-day rebreather program, four-day advanced rebreather program, or a five-day combined advanced program, you will learn to use Type R recreational rebreathers.

The latest rebreathers are lightweight, easy-transportable units that have sophisticated electronics to simplify their use. With the introduction of the PADI Rebreather Diver courses, rebreather diving training is now available for the PADI Open Water diver. 

Rebreathers allow longer no decompression limits, reduced gas consumption and unmatched wildlife encounters. Now anyone can become a Rebreather Diver.

The PADI Rebreather Diver course uses Type R units to introduce divers to rebreather diving within recreational dive limits. Type R rebreathers are electronically controlled and provide a backup for all the major systems and simplify training and use.

GO PRO! Rebreather Instructor Courses

PADI tec deep at Kiwidivers

As one of the most experienced PADI Rebreather Instructors in the Asia Pacific, Kiwidivers Instructor Trainer Kevin Black has a wealth of experience and information to help you set up your rebreather business and will be there for you as your business expands into the technical area.

With the rapid growth in the recreational rebreather market rebreather instructors are in high demand. The PADI Rebreather Instructor course is an excellent path for those seeking to enhance their employment potential and set their career on a new and exciting track, teaching the PADI closed circuit rebreather diver courses.

Why choose Kiwidivers for your Rebreather Instructor Training?

If you want to be a top-notch instructor then invest in the most professional training and you will not be disappointed with the result. When it comes to Instructor level training you want the best. A small investment in your training can make a big difference in the quality of your tuition.

Kiwidiver was the first PADI Dive Center to have the Poseidon Mk6 and the Hollis Explorer. We are the only rebreather training center in Thailand to have all three of the recreational rebrerathers on the PADI Type-R unit register. Do your training with someone who knows and has the experience to educate you on the differences, benefits and disadvantages of all the different units.

PADI Rebreather instructor phuket kiwidivers kevin black

Rebreather Instructor Course Quick Facts:

3 day course with classroom, pool, and open water training


  • Renewed PADI Open Water Scuba instructor (or above)
  • PADI Enriched Air Instructor
  • PADI Deep Diver Specialty Instructor
  • Certified as PADI Advances Rebreather Diver on the specific Type R rebreather for which the candidate is qualifying
  • Have a minimum of 150 logged dives, of which at least 30 dives are made on the specific Type R rebreather for the instructor is qualifying as a PADI Rebreather Instructor
  • Medical clearance attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months

Fast Track Rebreather Instructor Training | For non-rebreather-qualified instructors

Becoming a rebreather diver and even a PADI rebreather instructor with Kiwidiver is easy and does not take as long as you might imagine. The Rebreather Diver and Advanced rebreather diver courses can be combined into one course and completed in just four days (although we recommend five days). During this time you will learn about rebreather diving and in particular how it applies to the unit you choose to do the course on. There are many different types of rebreather and the course is unit specific so you will need to choose a unit first to start on. Don’t worry, as Thailand’s leading rebreather center we have all the different brands available for the PADI course and because we dive and teach them all we can give you totally unbiased advice on which unit is best for you. No other dive center in Phuket can offer this.

Once you have completed your PADI Rebreather Diver & Advanced Diver course you need to get to a minimum total of 30 hours and 30 dives before starting your Instructor course. As you will have already done some of the dives / hours on you diver level courses this is really only a couple of weeks diving.

However, a certain level of competency is required to meet the grade as an Instructor so some people may need longer than others to meet the standard. If you have done your diver level with Kiwidiver then we will have already told you which areas you need to work on to meet the grade as an instructor. If you trained elsewhere you may want to do a check dive with Kiwidiver so we can assess your competency before committing to the Instructor course.

It is a great opportunity to enjoy a few days of diving some of the fantastic local rebreather dive sites or join us on one of our rebreather liveaboards. We will buddy you up with an Instructor or Instructor trainer so you can use this time to increase your knowledge.

You will also have a chance to join us as we teach other CCR courses to prepare for your CCR instructor course in Phuket. Talk to our Course Director and Rebreather Instructor Trainer now and we will design a custom fast track program for your particular needs. We make sure that you learn everything you need to and gain the necessary experience in the fastest possible time without compromising on quality training.