PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Diver

The PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty is a great addition to your PADI Advanced Course (link), the reason being that it complements your new ability to dive deeper.

In short, diving deeper will decrease your decompression obligation due to the way your body reacts to gas under pressure. By enriching your normal blend of air (which is approximately 21% oxygen, 78% nitrogen and 1% other gases) with oxygen, you inevitably change your no-stop time. Enriched Air Nitrox is thus the process whereby normal air is supplemented with oxygen, increasing the percentage and partial pressure of oxygen. Through this procedure you will have a dramatic increase in your bottom time, especially between the depths of 20 and 30 metres.

Enriched Air Nitrox does not enable divers to go deeper, in fact, it decreases depth due to potential risk of oxygen toxicity. Oxygen toxicity is a condition that arises from breathing oxygen at a partial pressure that is too high, this can be fatal, so we highly recommend having the proper training in Enriched Air Nitrox before attempting to dive with it.

This specialty along with the PADI Deep Diver specialty are also required when you would like to progress your training to the PADI Technical Diving (link) courses.

  • Be 12 years or older
  • Have a PADI Open Water Diver┬ácertification (or have a qualifying certification from another organisation)

Day 1 - Introduction and Theory: You come to collect your PADI Enriched Air Diver materials from our Simon's Town facility. We will then brief you with regards to the self study portion you need to complete at home. This should take no longer than 3 hours.

Day 2 - Theory and Assessment: This course is a "Theory Only" course, which means there are no compulsory dives required before certification. On the second day of the course you will need to have all of your homework completed so that we can mark and discuss it at the Simon's Town facility. Once you demonstrate a good understanding of the materials you will be given the PADI Enriched Air Nitrox exam. You will need to score a minimum of 75% for this mostly multiple choice exam to be awarded certification.

Theory

Day 1 - Introduction and Theory: You come to collect your PADI Enriched Air Diver materials from our Simon's Town facility. We will then brief you with regards to the self study portion you need to complete at home. This should take no longer than 3 hours.

Day 2 - Theory and Assessment: This course is a "Theory Only" course, which means there are no compulsory dives required before certification. On the second day of the course you will need to have all of your homework completed so that we can mark and discuss it at the Simon's Town facility. Once you demonstrate a good understanding of the materials you will be given the PADI Enriched Air Nitrox exam. You will need to score a minimum of 75% for this mostly multiple choice exam to be awarded certification.

Skills Development

As with most PADI courses, this course will also have the sequence of first having to complete your knowledge reviews and then following up with an exam.

  1. 1. Knowledge Development: You will receive the PADI Enriched Air Nitrox manual when you sign up to the course. You will need to complete all the knowledge review segments of the manual and watch the PADI Enriched Air Nitrox DVD. Once this is done you will meet with your PADI Instructor at the Simon's Town facility where you will review the work you have done.
  2. 2. Final Exam: This is one of the few PADI courses that doesn't have a diving segment that follows. So final certification comes down to the exam. Once both yourself and your PADI Instructor believe that you understand the concepts of being a PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Diver, you will move on to the examination portion of the course. You will receive a mostly multiple choice exam where you need to score at least 75% to pass. All questions that you failed to answer correctly will need to be clarified to you before you can be certified.

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