CCR Diving at Alba
Spending hours online searching for a dive resort able to supply Sofnolime 797 and CCR cylinders is not much fun. Getting the right gas mix can be another common headache. We dive on rebreathers every day, and know what you need to maintain and operate yours properly. Our facilities reflect that. For more information on our CCR diving facilities, click here.
Local diving conditions
Tulamben is perfectly suited to rebreathers. Diving is mostly done from the shore, where the seabed slopes off easily all the way down to 100m. The topography alone is interesting to explore, and the coral is home to a range of diverse marine life. Coral is present down to 20-30m, but barrel sponge is prominent as you descend deeper. You never know what marine life you might see on any given dive. We do tend to get a lot of reef sharks, blacktips and whitetips. From 60m and deeper, you do have a greater chance of seeing larger pelagics- manta rays, thresher sharks, hammerheads, and mola mola (August and September is Mola season). We also recently saw an oceanic white tip at 60m.
Diving conditions for CCR
Local currents are not as strong as in Nusa Penida and Komodo, but we do need to be mindful of tide times. Underwater topography creates circular currents in front of Alba that follow the contour of the sea bed. Usually they are minor, but do require that you adjust your buoyancy to compensate. At some of the dive sites we must to assess what the current is doing once we approach depths of 60m, as it can get quite strong. Apart from localised thermoclines (that indicate you are about to be hit by a current), the water temperature is a consistent 28 degrees Celsius (82 Fahrenheit) all year round, so a 3mm wetsuit is adequate for most divers.
Fun diving options
You have the option of using your rebreather to go diving with our local dive guides, or if you want to do very long shallow dives or deeper decompression trimix diving, our tech instructors can guide you. Our prices include rebreather cylinder rental, O2 and diluent gases, bailout cylinder rental, sofnolime 797 fills, and guide consumables where appropriate. Costs assume that you don’t use your bailout (additional charges will apply). For information on costs, click here.
Learning CCR diving is not a decision to take lightly. There are numerous benefits- long dives, efficient decompression obligations, but there are increased risks involved as well. It’s important that have a good understanding of these before committing to buy your own unit and pay for training. To be ready for CCR training, you should already be a competent and experienced diver with good buoyancy, trim, awareness and positioning. Moreover, you should also have technical diver training; if you don’t have good buoyancy on open circuit, you will find CCR training extremely challenging and frustrating.
Furthermore, if you are the type of person that likes to cut corners or are impatient to become competent quickly, CCR training is not going to be for you. Competence is a long and slow road. How you navigate that road depends a lot on the training that you receive. We are not intending to put you off CCR diving, far from it. But we do think it’s important that you come into it with your eyes open, having made an informed choice.
Raid CCR training
At Alba we teach the Poseidon 6 & 7 through Raid. Courses offered include no decompression diving to 30m, decompression diving to 45m, and trimix diving down to 60m. Our courses are thorough, incremental, and designed to give you as much time on the unit as possible. A typical course takes 5 days and includes theory, equipment workshops, a pool session, and 6 long open water dives. For more information on CCR training with us, send us an email at [email protected]