So I was wondering, I live and dive on Gozo, shore entries/exits and scramble over rocks is the norm, boat dives the exception, so mostly I think that a rebreather plus bailout is overkill for the sort of mostly recreational depth dives we do but maybe there is a way to make them practical for me.
In my uneducated world keeping it simple is the way forward and most of the time OC works fine for me, good dive skills get me close to the fish most of the time but there is no escaping the fact that once in a while if I wasn't blowing bubbles I could either get closer or stay closer for longer, I'm also keen to avoid the weight issues of full size bailout plus unit.
So is there a unit that I could dive with say a couple of 5l bottles,, dil and O2 with a BOV such that I could dive it alpinist or is the CO2 hit too high a risk?
Would I be better off with a unit with 2 x 3l bottles and maybe a 5l slung underneath as a bailout?
I want to avoid adding the 12ltr bailout hung as a stage, if I was going to do that I'd be just as well off just diving a 12lt single OC.
I want something with a HUD, I mostly dive with a camera so a visual indicator of status is important, and that I can build up hours/dives fast, remember I dive a lot, 350 to 450 dives a year so getting hours on a unit isn't an issue. I need it to be reliable, easily managed and flown and I don't want it to break the bank either?
I've done a couple of try dives on different units but curious to see what the "experts" armchair or real world, have to say.