TopKit KitReviews

Czech Diving Equipment Manufacturer Helps Create Medical Ventilators 

divesoft ventilator ales testing

Aleš Procháska product testing his valve design using rebreather technology (Photo: Divesoft)

A team of programmers, scientists and engineers from the Czech Republic – including a specialist in the field of diving technology – has come together to develop high-quality medical ventilators to assist with the coronavirus pandemic.

The Corovent project,  founded by lead engineer Tomáš Kapler, includes Aleš Procháska, founder of rebreather specialist Divesoft. The team expects to have 500 ventilators ready for delivery by mid-April, but at a fraction of the typical cost of equipment supplied to the medical profession. Product testing is currently underway and, once it has been completed, the ventilator design will be made available worldwide as part of the attempt to help others in need.

The medical ventilator’s design includes the use of parts which are widely available, easy to manufacture and simple to assemble, plus a user-friendly interface that minimises operator training requirements. The equipment will be usable with both bottled oxygen and filtered compressed air, and compatible with existing hospital systems and consumable materials. 

In light of the struggling world economy, the team is working without financial compensation and expects to produce the new ventilators at one-fifth of the $20,000 price tag of standard medical equipment.

divesoft ventilator prototype

Prototype ventilator and control system (Photo: Divesoft)

Procháska, already a specialist in the production of hi-tech breathing apparatus through his company Divesoft, is assisting with the design of the valves through which the patient is supplied with breathing gas. 'I’m focused on the development and construction of pressurized valve prototypes,' he said. 'It’s a safety valve which constantly limits the oxygen pressure that a patient breathes. I’ve already designed similar valves for rebreathers whereby the function is the same: to ensure a diver doesn’t inhale oxygen at too high of a pressure which could cause injury to the lungs.' Divesoft also has a device capable of measuring the operating parameters of such valves already available through the company.

According to a Divesoft press release, there are currently around 3,500 medical ventilators available in the Czech Republic. More than one third are already in use and there is currently no manufacturer in the country capable of producing the devices. Should the situation in the Czech Republic worsen – as it has in Italy – the country may run out of ventilators by mid-April, hence Kapler's project has become a race against the clock.

The Corovent design, including all findings, code, drawings and documentation, has been open-sourced to allow contribution from engineers around the world. Kapler, Procháska, and the rest of the design team are hoping to 'help open the door for others to respond more quickly, and save more lives around the world.'

For more information and to track the production process for the team’s ventilators, visit the team's website at


digital dive gif



Love diving? You'll love these. Sign up today to immediately download our unique FREE gifts -

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 WRECKS - DIVE's 70-page, beautifully illustrated, colour guide to the world’s best wrecks

SCUBA STORIES - DIVE's collection f real life stories where divers, who have got themselves into perilous situations, describe how they reacted and what actions they took to ensure they lived to tell the tale

PACIFICHighlights of the Pacific - Dancing mantas in Hawaii • The Best Diving in the World, Galápagos, Cocos, Malpelo & Socorro • Mass Spawning Events in Palau

New Upright Gift Banners 300 x 600 px

Sidebar SUBSCRIBE spring 21 large2

Destinations Spotlight

Need inspiration for your next dive trip? Try one of our featured destinations from DIVE's travel partners.

sidebar philippines sidebar bahamas sidebar mexico sidebar fiji sidebar st helena 2020 Sidebar Egypt sidebar banner sabah sidebar banner belize sidebar banner south africa

DIVE Partners

sidebar banner egypt new ceningan divers ad 300x100 LH 300 min giphy subex Wakatobi Siladen Aggressor Fisheye Dive Worldwide gozo banner Arenui

Read DIVE magazine

DIVE magazine is available to read on many devices. Simply click one one of the options below

PCMac final
Apple finalAndroid final

Like what you see?

Join us on social and keep updated daily...