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The Sheppard Offers Rebreather Divers An Alternative Bailout Solution

DEMA Show 2014, KISS Sheppard Rebreather, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, Deeper Blue, Stephan Whelan
The Sheppard Rebreather by KISS

This DEMA saw the launch of the Sheppard Rebreather. Arkansas based manufacturer KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) named their bailout breather after Jack Sheppard, a pioneering British cave explorer and diver. Jack was one of the first men in the World to make a cave dive, almost 80 years ago, in the mid 1930s.

“We called our latest unit the ‘Sheppard’ for a couple of reasons”, said Mike Young, inventor and owner of KISS Rebreathers. “It seemed a fitting tribute to Jack Sheppard because he helped develop new techniques and special equipment for cave diving. Secondly the very nature of bailing out can be quite a stressful situation. Especially when you are doing extreme exploration or diving. A shepherd protects, guides and escorts their charges to safety, and this is exactly what this little unit does.”

The Sheppard is a very light rebreather, weighting in at 10lbs / 4.5kg in its ‘ready to dive’ state. It is a true bailout semi-closed rebreather, being small, easy to use and highly portable. When a diver secures this to their body, they are not really going to be aware of it. This is important when you are diving several stage cylinders. It is a handy gas extender, and depending on the temperature of the water you are diving, the Extendair scrubber cannister has a 1.5 hour to 2.5 hour duration. It is a tool that any technical rebreather diver could learn to use.

Rosemary E Lunn
Rosemary E Lunn
Rosemary is the founder of The Underwater Marketing Company, co-founder of EUROTEK and established TEKDiveUSA. Roz is a PADI IDC Staff Instructor, a BSAC Advanced Instructor, a rebreather and a Trimix diver. Before moving into the PR field she worked as a full time recreational instructor in the UK and abroad, on History Channel and National Geographic documentaries, as a safety diver and modelled underwater. She is a prolific freelance writer. You can find Roz on FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn and on her blog.