Enriched Air, sometimes called Nitrox, is air that has been enriched with a higher percentage of oxygen than what we normally breathe. For the purpose of enriched air no decompression diving, you will learn to use enriched air with 22% to 40% oxygen.
Although enriched air is relatively new to recreational diving, military and commercial divers have been using it to extend their bottom times for nearly 60 years. The United States Navy and British Navy have used enriched air since the 1940’s. The United States Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has more than 25 years experience with enriched air. Recreational Divers have made thousands of enriched air dives successfully. Through these data and this field experience, the no decompression limits for enriched air are considered as reliable as those used for “normal” air.
Through reduction of the nitrogen in the breathing mixture you will be able to substantially increase your bottom times. A dive made to 50 feet on air, has a no decompression limit of 80 minutes, according to the PADI Recreational AIR Dive Planner. The same dive made on 36% Oxygen Enriched Air would give you a bottom time of 220 minutes. However as you increase the oxygen exposure; you also increase the hazards of oxygen toxicity. Much of what you will learn in the Nitrox program deals with keeping your oxygen exposure within safe limits. Is it time to try nitrox diving at Amigos Del Mar?
ADD NITROX TO ANY AMIGOS DEL MAR TRIP FOR $10.00 PER TANK
OR TRY OUT THE MINI-NITROX CLASS
Amigos Del Mar SCUBA offers a two tank nitrox trial so you can try it out before you make the investment in the class. And if you decide it is a SCUBA MUST! – then the Nitrox Trial price can be applied to a Nitrox Certification Class with Amigos Del Mar.
THE PADI ENRICHED AIR DIVER SPECIALTY COURSE
BECOME NITROX CERTIFIED ON YOUR NEXT VACATION IN CABO
$215.00 Includes; PADI Materials, 3 Hours of Classroom and practical application, PADI Specialty Certification paperwork and registration.