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IANTD Nitrox

Still diving on air? Then why not try diving using Enriched Air Nitrox. You can typically stay down longer and get back into the water sooner for a second dive.

Enriched Air Nitrox is just that, it’s basically air but instead of being a gas containing 21% Oxygen and 79% Nitrogen, which we breath normally, the Oxygen content has been increased and the Nitrogen content decreased up to a maximum of 40% Oxygen. Hence our body absorbs less Nitrogen, the extra Oxygen is metabolised by the body and therefore we can stay underwater longer and off gas the reduced amount of Nitrogen within our bodies quicker on the surface. Many people say they feel less tired after diving on Enriched Air Nitrox.

It is one of the most popular courses for entry level divers to take after completion of their initial training. However we offer two versions of the course, one offered through the PADI system of diver education and one offered through the IANTD system and hence we include it within IANTD dive section.

On both courses you learn the fundamentals of how to dive Enriched Air Nitrox safely and it’s limitations, i.e. No it doesn’t allow you to go deeper but shallower for longer.

However with the IANTD course it can be combined with entry level twin tank diving and includes a more rigorous academic aspect to the course. This is ideal for those considering taking their diving to a higher level or for those just interested in a more detailed understanding of the physiology of breathing Enriched Air Nitrox on the body.

The PADI course is an excellent course also, and is ideal for those who want to be able to dive using Enriched Air Nitrox as soon as possible in a safe manner but not so interested in the small print implications.

What You Learn

  • Techniques for getting more dive time by using Enriched Air Nitrox
  • Enriched air scuba diving equipment considerations
  • Enriched air considerations, including managing oxygen exposure and how to tell what’s in your scuba tank