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First Standard Published by Rebreather Training Council

The RTC in conjunction with IANTD and other members are excited to announce that the first rebreather training standard which indicates the minimum requirements for a level of training has been just published.

The Rebreather Training Council (RTC) is the body representing training agencies providing courses for divers using rebreathers.

This first standard is named the RTC Rebreather Diver Level 1 and delineates a stage in a diver’s development where they are trained to dive with a rebreather to a maximum depth of 30 metres/100 feet with no planned stage decompression stops and without supervision by an instructor or divemaster.

The member bodies of the RTC can specify that a course in their own system equates to this standard, in which case they are confirming that their course at least meets the minimum requirements of this level.

IANTD has confirmed that the IANTD Recreational Rebreather Program meets the requirements of the RTC Rebreather Diver Level 1 standard.

IANTD Training Director, Mark Fowler, said:
“IANTD is very pleased to be a member of the RTC and to be part of this very important step that will standardize rebreather training across the dive industry. This type of collaboration will ensure that we meet and maintain the highest standards of training and safety in our sport.”


International Association of Nitrox Divers, IAND, was formed in 1985 in response to the needs of the diving public. Up until that time, mixed gas diving and the use of decompression gasses was limited, in a formal way, to military and commercial divers.