“Where can I do my Nitrox Course in Phuket?”
PADI Enriched Air or more commonly called the PADI Nitrox Course is the most popular specialty course.
What is Nitrox and why dive using Nitrox? Nitrox is a mixture like air but with less Nitrogen and more Oxygen, Air is 79% Nitrogen and 21% Oxygen whereas Nitrox for recreation divers contains between 78% and 60% Nitrogen and between 22% and 40% Oxygen.
The main benefit of using Nitrox is less exposure to Nitrogen which has a number of advantages. The lower exposure to Nitrogen means longer no-decompression times, these can be much longer, almost twice as long on a first dive and potentially much longer on multiple dives such as on a liveaboard. Divers also feel less tired when diving on Nitrox because of the lower exposure to Nitrogen.
There are additional safety concerns when diving with Nitrox, which is why you must be a qualified Nitrox diver to use Nitrox.
The Enriched Air Course is now a very short and easy course and does not have to include any dives.
Who should take this course?
The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba course. Why? Because scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives. If staying down longer and getting back in the water sooner sounds appealing, then don’t hesitate to become an enriched air diver.
If you’re a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver who is at least 12 years old, you can enroll in the Enriched Air Diver Specialty course. Note that in some regions the minimum age is older than 12.
What will you learn?
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.
For more information contact Merlin Divers.