The PADI Enriched Air Diver is the most popular specialty scuba diving course, and it’s easy to see why. Scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression dive time. This means more time underwater, especially on repetitive scuba dives.
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 may be able to get college credit
for the PADI Enriched Air Diver course – ask your instructor to learn more.
Most modern scuba equipment
and dive computers
can be used with enriched air, but your PADI Instructor will let you know if your gear meets manufacturer recommendations and local requirements. However, scuba tanks
must meet oxygen service standards and be dedicated for use with enriched air. You’ll practice using oxygen analyzers and special cylinder decals. Serpent Aquatic staff will explain other equipment you may need to enjoy enriched air diving.
To enrol in the PADI Enriched Air Diver course, you must;
•Be 15 years or older.
•Have a PADI Open Water Diver
certification. (or have a qualifying certification from another organization)
•Ask your PADI Instructor about how you can start your PADI Enriched Air Diver course during your PADI Open Water Diver course.
- The Learning Materials You Need:
Sign up for Enriched Air Diver Online
– PADI’s eLearning option – to get started immediately. The web-based system covers all the enriched air diver course content and allows you to study at your own pace through an easy-to-use, interactive program. You also have access to an online version of the Enriched Air Diver Manual
You can also choose to read the Enriched Air Diver Manual
. Stop by Serpent Aquatics to enrol in the course, get your materials and start learning.
Diving with enriched air nitrox benefits all types of diving, but it goes especially well with these specialties:
•PADI Wreck Diver
course- Popular wrecks tend to be deeper, so enriched air nitrox maximizes your exploration time.
•PADI Deep Diver
course- The deeper you dive, the shorter your no stop time – but enriched air nitrox increases it, giving your more time at depth.
•PADI Digital Underwater Photographer-
Photographers usually like to make several dives so they can get lots of pictures. Enriched air nitrox reduces the amount of residual nitrogen you accumulate, allowing repetitive dives to be longer.
•PADI Master Scuba Diver-
The PADI Enriched Air Diver course counts toward your Master Scuba Diver rating -- the highest non professional rating in recreational diving.