PADI Enriched Air Diver | Start Diving with Nitrox

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PADI Enriched Air Diver

Enriched air diving, also known as a Nitrox is a scuba diving technique that involves using a breathing gas mixture with a higher oxygen content than traditional air. While normal air contains approximately 21% oxygen, Nitrox typically consists of oxygen levels ranging from 32% to 40%. This allows you to extend your bottom time and reduce the risk of decompression sickness.

To dive with Nitrox, you need to obtain a Nitrox certification. The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) offers a specialized course called the PADI Enriched Air Diver course. This course teaches divers the necessary skills to plan and conduct Nitrox dives safely. It covers topics such as gas analysis, dive planning, oxygen exposure limits, and equipment considerations. Upon completion of the course, divers receive a Nitrox certification card, allowing them to dive with Nitrox worldwide.

Start Diving with Nitrox

The PADI Enriched Air Diver course offers comprehensive training in the procedures, safety protocols, theoretical knowledge, and benefits of no-decompression diving with enriched air containing oxygen levels ranging from 22% to 40%. This course equips you with the necessary skills and knowledge to ensure safety during Nitrox diving and provides a thorough understanding of the advantages and potential drawbacks associated with diving on enriched air.

If you find yourself reaching the limits of your bottom time during dives and desire to extend your underwater experience while maintaining safety, the Nitrox course is the ideal solution. By utilizing enriched air, you can effectively prolong your no-decompression limits and enjoy lengthier dives. However, it’s crucial to note that there are certain disadvantages associated with Nitrox diving as well. This is precisely why undertaking the Nitrox course is essential — it equips you with the knowledge and techniques to mitigate any potential risks and make informed decisions underwater.

PADI Enriched Air Diver with Costa Rica Divers

Specializing in skills beyond the standard diving course is a valuable asset. It’s important to note that not every dive instructor possesses the expertise to teach specialized courses. However, at our authorized PADI Dive Center, you have the exceptional opportunity to learn from top-notch instructors. Our staff not only holds the required licenses and extensive experience but our center also boasts its own training pool and a fully equipped base. Choosing to take your Nitrox Diver course with us ensures a professional, enjoyable, and fun-filled learning experience.

But why is our diving course different from other diving schools?

First and foremost, our pricing is all-inclusive, covering every aspect of the course. This includes all necessary materials, equipment rental throughout the duration of the course, the e-learning package, and even the PADI license fees. In short, we provide everything you require to successfully complete the course. Don’t just take our word for it, come and witness it firsthand.

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PADI Enriched Air Diver

The PADI Enriched Air Diver certification serves as the foundational level of training for utilizing oxygen-enriched breathing mixtures. Nitrox refers to a gas that contains more than 21% oxygen. While it offers the advantage of extended bottom time, it also carries the risk of increased oxygen content in the mixture. The Nitrox Diver course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary for the safe utilization of enriched air.

This training in the use of oxygen-enriched breathing mixtures caters to divers who have reached the dive time limits specified by dive tables or those seeking to enhance the decompression safety of their dives. The course covers both theoretical aspects and practical analysis of the contents within your diving cylinder.

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Additionally, the course emphasizes the importance of marking your dive cylinder and ensuring the safety of fellow divers. Utilizing enriched air without proper training or accidentally can pose significant risks. Thus, obtaining the certified PADI Enriched Air Diver certification is crucial before engaging in any nitrox dive.

This course is a theoretical course the completion of which will result in full PADI Enriched Air Diver certification.

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1 day

Price Includes

  • PADI e-learning package
  • all necessary equipment
  • PADI instructor care
  • PADI Fees
  • snacks and drinks

Price Excludes

  • transport to our center
PADI Enriched Air Diver

The primary objective of the PADI Enriched Air Diver course is to highlight the importance of conducting enriched air dives with utmost attention to safety procedures throughout every stage, ranging from mixture preparation to dive completion. Through the Nitrox Diver course, we provide you with comprehensive theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to ensure the safety and security of such dives.


PADI Enriched Air Diver

The PADI Enriched Air Diver course primarily focuses on the theoretical aspects of diving with an enriched air mixture and the fundamental principles of its usage. The course structure consists of e-learning modules and practical sessions conducted by an instructor at our dive center. It’s important to note that no dives are conducted during this course, and the entire training is carried out without entering the water. However, if you wish to engage in dives with a nitrox mixture, it can be arranged in advance and may involve an additional fee.

Upon completion of the PADI Enriched Air Diver course, there will be an examination that must be successfully passed in order to obtain a Nitrox diver’s license. If you have any inquiries or require further information, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office.

Requirements for the PADI Enriched Air Diver course

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Frequently Asked Questions

We realize that you may have questions about our PADI Enriched Air Diver course in Costa Rica. To provide assistance, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions with answers. If you have additional questions or need further clarification on any aspect, please contact us directly.

What will I learn in this course?

The PADI Enriched Air Diver course commences with a theoretical segment that covers the techniques and principles involved in diving with enriched air. During this phase, you will acquire knowledge on dive planning, calculating maximum bottom time, and analyzing the contents of your diving tank. An equally significant aspect of the course will focus on correctly labeling cylinders and understanding the essential safety guidelines for diving with nitrox.

What equipment will I be using on this course?

During the dive course you will use the standard diving equipment you already know from the basic course. In addition, there will be elements related to the specifics of nitrox diving, such as an oxygen meter.

Where will I dive during this PADI course?

The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is designed as a theory course to teach you how to handle a different mixture in a cylinder than regular air. This course does not include dives in its schedule, as there are no skills strictly related to diving. However, if you would like to try out the knowledge gained from the nitrox course right away, you can dive with us on Isla del Caño using enriched air. Feel free to contact us for more information.

Is the PADI Enriched Air Diver suitable for beginners?

Absolutely it is! The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is designed for divers from the basic level of PADI Open Water Diver. As soon as you have completed the basic diving course, you can move on to the nitrox specialty course.

What is the duration of the course?

You can start the course anywhere and anytime, as we use modern e-learning packages. As a result, you will go through the theoretical part even before you meet the instructor. During the course you will learn even more details and practice measuring oxygen and handling the equipment necessary for diving with nitrox. You will complete the entire practical training in one day.

Do I need to bring my own diving equipment?

Of course not. We provide all the standard recreational diving equipment throughout the course. You don’t have to worry about bringing your own equipment, as we provide everything you need.

Is there any flexibility in scheduling the course?

Certainly! The theoretical training for the PADI Enriched Air Diver course is conducted using an e-learning platform. This means you have the flexibility to commence the course at your convenience from any location with an internet connection. You can begin your learning journey and study the theoretical aspects of underwater navigation at a pace that suits you best. As for the practical session, it will be scheduled based on availability.

What kind of certification will I get?

Upon successful completion of the PADI Enriched Air Diver course, you will receive a PADI certificate that validates your specialized training in nitrox diving. This certificate is a proof of the skills and knowledge you have acquired in successfully handling mixtures with up to 40% oxygen. This certificate is internationally recognized and required to participate in enriched air diving.

How experienced are the instructors?

Our instructors are not only highly experienced but also certified by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors). They possess a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field of diving. Their extensive experience enables them to deliver comprehensive training, ensuring that you receive the highest quality education in this specialized area. Rest assured, our dedicated instructors are committed to providing you with the necessary skills and guidance to become a proficient nitrox diver.

What if I have more questions?

If you have additional questions or need more information about the PADI Enriched Air Diver course in Costa Rica, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you and ensure that all your questions are addressed. Our team is committed to providing you with all the necessary details to make your training experience truly exceptional. Contact us at any time and we will be happy to assist you.

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PADI Enriched Air Diver course will teach you how to dive safely with enriched air.

17 December 2022