DEMA SHOW 2019: The One New Scuba Gear Everyone Is Talking About!

What is the Hydroid Aquabreather face mask? The Hydroid Aquabreather is a new scuba diving face mask invention. 

Here is what you need to know about the Hydroid Aquabreather face mask before you consider buying it for recreational scuba diving. 

 Is it a rebreather? No. Is it SCUBA? Yes, but not as you’ve ever seen it before! Part HALO, part NASA, part Darth Vader, the Hydroid Aquabreather uses proprietary canisters of a chemical blend that, once popped, gives off Oxygen. This is then cycled through your helmet and you can dive to a max. depth of 42m/ 137 feet.

Without a doubt, this is the one scuba diving product for 2019 that has created the most buzz at DEMA Show 2019. Everyone is talking about it on the exhibit floor and at the cocktail parties. It is truly out there, so I had to take a closer look…

I’m chatting with Egor from Hydroid about this wacky invention. As far as my opinion on it… you’ll have to wait for me to go scuba diving with it and give it a review!


Egor, tell us more about the aquabreather. 

The main principle of it is based on a regenerative substance. You open the cans and put them into the axis and the reaction starts. It both absorbs carbon dioxide and generates oxygen at the same time. The reaction goes round and round and round and provides you with oxygen. 


DR: Does the Hydroid Aquabreather face mask work the same way as a standard scuba diving closed circuit rebreather


Egor: You may call it that, but it’s doesn’t absorb, but it generates oxygen.  There is an embedded sink to compensate for the pressure or any emergencys and there is an embedded computer to display all the necessary information about the dive including partial pressure oxygen and carbon dioxide. 


DR: What’s the amount of time you can dive a Hyroid Aquabreather face mask?


Egor: The depth restriction is set to 42 meters/ 137 feet. It’s a safety restriction, and the estimated time of a dive is more than 60 minutes. It only depends on your breathing style.  If you are a professional diver then you would last much longer. 


DR: What kind of scuba diver is the Hyroid Aquabreather for? 


Egor: It’s for recreational diving because it’s really simple to use. You just put it on, look in the computer in the mask and go dive. Our educational program is now in development. 


DR: How do you think the scuba dive operators will respond to the Hydoid Aquabreather from a legal standpoint? 


Egor: We need one more year to get a certification of the Hyroid Aquabreather in Europe and America. We need a year to make an educational program, and do all the needed tests to prove that our product is reliable. 


DR: What’s the next step in the development? 


Egor: Right now, it’s a  working prototype, so we are testing this winter and spring.  After that, we will start open-water testing to 40 meters/ 131 feet and then we’ll finish our educational program and start getting certifications in Europe and America. 


DR: Are you talking to the main scuba diving agencies, or are you kind of developing your own thing? 


Egor: Right now we’re discussing those problems, but the second option is preferable for us. 


DR: Where can people find out more information about the Hydroid Aquabreather? 


Egor: You can visit our website at There is a lot of information about our apparatus and our contact information if you want to ask any questions. 


Check out all the reviews we did at DEMA 2019: Major Manufacturers, New Scuba Diving Gear, Scuba Start Ups and Innovators, and UW Photography and Lighting




See our specific products used in the links above, and for a full list of the gear James keep in his dive bag, see his Gear List.
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Meet James Blackman

With a career in diving spanning twenty years, James has seen a thing or two in the dive industry. James grew up on the Southwest coast of Britain and learned to dive in the frigid waters of the English Channel. If your first dives were like being placed in a cocktail shaker full of cabbage soup and you come away with a love for the sport, then you know it’s going to be a life-long pursuit.

James spent his twenties in the British merchant marine which afforded him the opportunity to travel to and dive in far flung locales… 177 countries and counting. Between stints onboard a variety of vessels, James used his shore leaves to level up his scuba training… Rescue diver in Tanzania, DM in Indonesia, Instructor in Honduras, Tec Instructor in the French West Indies.

His last ship before moving to a shore-based life style was an expedition ship where he notched up some of his most impressive dives, including briefly holding the world record for most northerly scuba dive… 82 degrees north in the Russian arctic; diving the Amazon river; the Antarctic; and virgin reef systems in Papua New Guinea and Melanesia.

Moving ashore in his early thirties, James took on the role of General Manager for a luxury dive operator in St Martin and never had a dull moment! Hollywood visited the island and called upon James’ underwater skills for on-set safety. When Cat-3 hurricane Gonzalo devastated the area, James switched hats to salvage and public safety diver to help with the recovery.

Scuba Diving has given so much to James in his life… and first on that list is his brilliant wife Karina whom he met whilst teaching her AOW class! Yes, that old cliché! James and Karina are also business partners and co-owners of two power-house scuba brands. Miami Technical Diving has become the premiere scuba training facility in South Florida. Tired of seeing other dive shops compete in a ‘race to the bottom,’ James decided his model for teaching scuba would focus on keeping the quality as high as possible; using the best gear possible; teaching beyond the minimum standards on a 1-to-1 student-to-instructor ratio. The fullness of the MTD training calendar shows that people – student divers – prefer to receive premium, quality tuition, as opposed to cheap and fast.

James is the personality and knowledge broker behind ‘Divers Ready!’ a super influential Scuba Diving YouTube channelwebsite and brand. In just a year, Divers Ready! has become the fastest growing You Tube channel in the Scuba Diving niche, with 1000s of new divers joining every month. Their weekly videos range from Mouthpiece Mondays – where James shares his insider knowledge and opinions about controversial topics in the dive industry – to practical ‘hints & tutorial’ style videos, all with one simple goal in mind – to make you a better diver!

James and Karina started small group luxury dive trips for the Divers Ready! audience.

James and Karina live in Miami, FL with their rambunctious dogs; Ziggy The Husky and Bonham the Mutt, and their Maine Coon cat Foxy, who remains unimpressed.