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Nitrox

So what’s the big deal about Nitrox? Well for starters, how about the following?

  • Greatly increased safety margins with faster off gassing and less nitrogen absorption.
  • Extended bottom times at both our deeper and shallower dive sites.
  • Less fatigue which translates to more energy during and after your dives

Enriched Air or more commonly referred to Nitrox is available to certified nitrox divers. If you are not nitrox certified, read on to learn why it really makes sense to use nitrox while on St.Kitts & Nevis and how easy it is to try nitrox or become certified.

PADI's new Enriched Air/Nitrox course has been streamlined to accommodate today's diving style of utilizing dive computers. Spend some time with the step-by-step PADI manual and DVD, and you can become nitrox certified with two easy unobtrusive afternoon sessions without interrupting your diving holiday (or dinner plans!). Since 2009, PADI also offers an E-Learning nitrox course.

Dive Nitrox, dive safer...Nitrox is not new to the diving industry. In fact, it has been used in commercial applications since the early 1900's. The widespread acceptance in recreational diving was only accepted once many myths were dispelled:

Dispelling myths about Nitrox

  • Truth 1 - You do not need to purchase any additional diving equipment.
  • Truth 2 - You can use your present regulator and change between nitrox and air tanks provided you use a mix of 40% or less.
  • Truth 3 - Although nitrox is used in commercial diving, it is readily available at diving destinations worldwide and is easily used in recreation diving applications.
  • Truth 4 - Scuba Safaris recommends using a 32% mix with a conservative safety margin for oxygen concerns but the benefits nitrox offers at these depths.

Nitrox (EnrichedAir) certified

Once considered technical diving, diving with nitrox is now better understood. Diving with nitrox simply means your scuba tank is filled with a higher content of oxygen than a regular air mixture. Scuba Safaris offers three levels of nitrox training. From a one-dive introductory course to an internationally accepted license. We still suggest the Enriched Air/Nitrox license so that you have no restrictions, but there are more options--see below. If you are still deciding whether to become nitrox certified and want to know more about why diving nitrox is safer and the best thing you can do to reduce the risk of DCI.

Nitrox course options # of days # of dives Price based on 2 persons*
Discover Nitrox 3 hours 1 $85
PADI Enriched Air 2 aft sessions 2 $140

*Price includes instructor time, use of textbook, calculator and tables, two nitrox tanks, licensing fees. Pricing based on 2 diver minimum, package add-on; dives not included.

PADI Enriched Air Diver

By diving with enriched air rather than standard air you can extend your no decompression limits. This means more time underwater. For example, if you dive to15 meters/50 feet on air, your no decompression limit is 80 minutes. But, diving onEANx36 gets you 220 minutes of no decompression time - an increase of 140 minutes.

Plus, the Enriched Air Diver course is the only course that allows students to be enrolled in another course simultaneously. In other words a student enrolled in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course, for example, can also take the PADI Enriched Air Diver Course at the same time.

What do I need to start?

  • A current PADI Open Water Student (or qualifying certification from another organisation)
  • With three new options to get started, it’s never been easier. Plus, any of the dives below may count towards your full Enriched Air Diver Certification
  • Option 1 – Dive 4 of your open Water Diver Course
  • Option 2 – An elective dive on your Adventures in Diving Course
  • Option 3 – Dive (Enriched Air) today. Available to Open Water Divers and above

What will I do?

  • The PADI Enriched Air Diver Specialty certification emphasizes the theoretical and operational considerations involved with enriched air diving.

How long will it take?

  • Recommended Course Hours: 8
  • Minimum Open Water Training: two dives over one day

What will I need?

  • You'll need your PADI Enriched Air Crew-Pak, which also includes an Enriched Air 32 percent Table, Enriched Air 36 percent Table and Equivalent Air Depth/Oxygen Exposure Table.