Enriched Air Diver
• 12 years or older
• PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification)
Enriched Air, also known as “nitrox”, is a form of breathing gas that allows divers to extend bottom time and reduce nitrogen loading. It is PADI’s most popular specialty course. PADI Enriched Air Diver Online can be completed in as little as an afternoon. After completing your online learning you’ll apply the knowledge you’ve learned by practicing procedures for obtaining and analyzing enriched air with your PADI Instructor. You also have the option of completing two open water enriched air dives. This certification counts towards the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.
You’ll learn why diving with air that has higher oxygen and lower nitrogen content gives you more bottom time, along with enriched air equipment considerations. During a practical session, and two optional (or required) scuba dives, you’ll:
• Discuss managing oxygen exposure.
• Practice analyzing oxygen content in your scuba tank.
• Set your dive computer for diving with enriched air nitrox.
• You must be a certified RAID Open Water 20 diver or equivalent.
• You must be a minimum of 12 years old.
Do you want to extend your in-water dive time? Do you want to gain a better understanding of decompression and use a gas that will allow you to do that?
The answers to these two simple questions are the reason why nitrox is the most popular diver specialty in the industry. Nitrox has proved to be so popular within the diving community that many dive centers offer only nitrox as their breathing gas.
Nitrox use has many benefits for sport divers. But most divers use nitrox because it helps better manage the risk of decompression sickness. In the Nitrox course, you will learn the pros and cons of using nitrox as a breathing gas for sport diving.
You will learn new skills and extend your diving knowledge, including information such as why nitrox is often a better choice than air. Most importantly, this course will teach you how to plan nitrox dives, what you have to do to stay safe when you use nitrox, and how to analyze and label dive cylinders so that there is never a mix-up.
During the Nitrox program, you will complete the online academics and learn the following:
• How to use nitrox mixes from 22%-40% oxygen
• How to plan dives to a planned maximum PO2 of 1.4 bar and a contingency PO2 of 1.6 bar
• What the causes and effects of oxygen toxicity are and how to avoid them
• How to safely analyze the oxygen content in a nitrox mix and know the depths at which you can use it
• How to label your nitrox cylinder appropriately
• How to fill in a nitrox log
• What the benefits of enriched oxygen are for sport divers