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Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver

Maximise your dive time with the PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver course at Diving World Trou aux Biches! This popular speciality course teaches you how to safely use enriched air nitrox, a breathing gas that allows for longer bottom times and reduced surface intervals. Perfect for divers who want to optimise their time underwater, the course covers using oxygen analysers, setting dive computers for nitrox, and managing oxygen exposure. 

About the course

By the end of the PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver course at Diving World Trou aux Biches, you’ll be proficient in using enriched air nitrox to enhance your diving experiences. This course focuses on teaching you how to safely use nitrox mixtures containing up to 40% oxygen, which can extend your bottom times, reduce your surface intervals, and may reduce the risk of decompression sickness.

The PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver course at Diving World Trou aux Biches is designed to enhance your diving experience by extending your bottom times and reducing your surface intervals. This course focuses on the benefits and safety procedures of using enriched air nitrox, a mixture with a higher oxygen content and less nitrogen than regular air. Under the guidance of our skilled PADI instructors, you will learn how to maximise your dive time safely and efficiently.

This course is structured to provide an in-depth understanding of nitrox use in scuba diving, which involves more than just breathing a different gas mix. You will engage in learning how to analyse cylinder contents, set your dive computer for nitrox, and manage oxygen exposure to reduce the risk of oxygen toxicity, one of the primary concerns when diving with enriched air.

You will participate in practical exercises that include analysing and logging nitrox mixes and setting up your diving equipment to handle enriched air. While the course can include two optional dives, the primary focus is on the theoretical and practical knowledge required to dive safely with nitrox. These activities aim to boost your confidence and skills in using enriched air, allowing you to extend your underwater adventures and reduce the required surface interval times.

Learn the Basics Through PADI eLearning®

Learn the Basics Through PADI eLearning®

The eLearning component for the PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver course provides you with the essential knowledge to safely use enriched air nitrox during your dives. This course focuses on the advantages of using nitrox, including longer no-decompression limits, reduced fatigue, and shorter surface intervals.

eLearning Details:

  • Duration: Typically requires 2-4 hours of self-guided study.
  • Accessibility: Learn online using any device or download the materials for offline study, offering flexibility to fit into your busy lifestyle.
  • Instructor Interaction: Connect with your instructor to discuss the specifics of nitrox use, including analyzing oxygen content in your scuba tank and adjusting your dive computer settings for nitrox.
Practical Training in a Controlled Environment

Practical Training in a Controlled Environment

After you complete the eLearning portion, you’ll engage in practical training that focuses on the skills necessary to safely use enriched air nitrox.

Training Highlights:

  • Environment: Training may occur in a dive shop setting where you will practice analyzing and logging nitrox mixes.
  • Skills Practice: Learn how to safely use an oxygen analyzer to check the oxygen content in your tank, set your dive computer for nitrox, and manage your oxygen exposure.
  • Safety Drills: Understand and practice managing potential risks associated with higher oxygen content, including oxygen toxicity and how to avoid it.
Open Water Dives

Open Water Dives

While not always required, you have the option to apply what you’ve learned in two open water dives. This allows you to experience the benefits of using nitrox in a real-world diving scenario.

Dive Details:

  • Number of Dives: Two optional open water dives.
  • Depth: Conduct dives within the recreational diving limits, utilising enriched air to extend no-decompression limits.
  • Support: Receive guidance and supervision from your PADI Instructor, ensuring you apply best practices for using nitrox safely.
  • What Do You Want to Know?

Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver Frequesntly Asked Questions

What is the PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver course?

The PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver course teaches divers how to use enriched air nitrox, a mix of oxygen and nitrogen, to extend dive times, reduce fatigue, and shorten surface intervals. It’s the most popular speciality course PADI offers because of the significant benefits nitrox provides for recreational diving.

Who can enroll in the Enriched Air Diver course?

Anyone who is at least 12 years old and holds a PADI Open Water Diver certification or its equivalent can enrol in this course. It’s ideal for divers who want to maximise their time underwater.

What are the prerequisites for this course?

Divers need to be certified as PADI Open Water Divers or hold a qualifying certification from another training organisation. Additionally, participants should be in good health and have reviewed their medical history with a professional if needed.

What does the course involve?

The course includes eLearning where you study the principles of diving with enriched air and practical sessions where you learn to analyse cylinder contents and adjust your dive computer for nitrox. The two open water dives are optional but recommended.

How long does the Enriched Air Diver course take?

The theoretical part of the course can be completed in 2-4 hours through eLearning. The practical session typically takes a few hours at a dive shop or a dive site. If opting for the dives, the course can be completed in one or two days.

What equipment will I need for the Enriched Air Diver course?

Besides standard scuba equipment, you’ll need an oxygen analyser and a dive computer that can be set for nitrox. Your dive centre will provide the oxygen analyser during training, and you can rent or purchase a compatible dive computer if you don’t already have one.

What are the benefits of diving with enriched air nitrox?

Diving with nitrox can increase your no-decompression limits, reduce the risk of decompression sickness, and decrease fatigue, allowing for longer and more frequent dives.

Is there an exam involved in the Enriched Air Diver course?

No, there is no exam for this course. However, you will complete knowledge reviews during your eLearning to ensure you understand all concepts related to nitrox diving.

Can I use my enriched air certification worldwide?

Yes, a PADI Enriched Air Diver certification is recognised globally. You can use it to get nitrox fills at dive shops worldwide, provided you adhere to local diving regulations and standards.

How do I sign up for the Enriched Air Diver course?

You can enroll in the Enriched Air Diver course by contacting Diving World or visiting our website to contact us directly. We’ll guide you through the process of accessing eLearning materials and scheduling your practical session.

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