The FATHOM Mk III CCR is designed to be the simplest and most intuitive closed-circuit rebreather for underwater exploration.
FATHOM is the brainchild of Charlie Roberson, a cave diver and active explorer, who initially set out to produce equipment for his own exploration. As his dives became increasingly deeper and longer duration, Charlie, along with his teammates, recognized the need for a closed-circuit rebreather (CCR) with excellent work-of-breathing and long scrubber duration that would stand up to the rigors of cave exploration. The short list of desired features included:
Unable to find an existing unit that met their requirements, Charlie started to design what would eventually become the FATHOM CCR. There are no easy decisions when it comes to rebreather design and every choice, every dimension, every o-ring, was debated endlessly with fellow divers. Ultimately, the final decisions were Charlie's and his background as a machinist in the US Navy and Hogarthian/DIR cave diver guided him towards simplicity and functionality. Refinements to the original design continue and the FATHOM Mk III CCR is the latest version.