PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox) Speciality
By diving with enriched air rather than normal breathing air you can considerably extend your no-decompression limits whilst minimising your surface interval time, hence more time in the water! The PADI Enriched Air Specialty course is designed to teach recreational divers to use enriched air (Nitrox), for fun, safe, no-stop recreational diving. The course addresses the use of enriched air with 22-40% oxygen content. Take this course with Bay Divers at one of our local Gower or Swansea scuba diving sites. Our Morriston location is only 45 minutes from Cardiff and 5 minutes from the M4.
Minimum age is 15 and students must hold a PADI Open Water Diver or hold a similar qualifying certification from another training organisation. Students must also fill out a PADI medical questionnaire prior to participation.
The course consists of knowledge development, practical applications and two optional open water dives.
Knowledge development is based on a self-study method, allowing you to study in your own time, at your own pace. Home study is backed up by an academic session with a PADI Instructor, to ensure full understanding of enriched air diving theory.
Open Water Dives
Students have the option to complete two open water dives to certify as a PADI enriched air diver. During these dives you will analyse and record your cylinder contents, calculate your maximum depth/time limits and complete the necessary paperwork to log your enriched air dive.
One theory session followed by exam and two optional enriched air dives.
How much is it and what is included?
The course costs £80 (£170 to include 2 open water dives) and includes the following:
- PADI Enriched Air manual
- PADI equivalent air depth table and oxygen exposure table
- PADI 32% and 36% EAN RDP
- Enriched air fills
- PADI Certification fee
What is not included?
For the optional open water dives we prefer to use sites along the West Wales coast or our local Swansea and Gower scuba diving sites. However, should the weather conditions be adverse we will run the open water scuba dives at the National Diving Activity Centre in Chepstow and the entrance fee is £15. Travel to and from the training locations is also your responsibility, but we are very accommodating and normally have spare seats in one of our vehicles when we travel from Swansea!
What happens next?
Now that you are able to extend your dive time, why not make the most of your additional bottom time by enrolling on the PADI Drysuit speciality course. This will ensure that you have the adequate thermal protection needed for those longer dives. If you have completed 5 PADI Specialties & the PADI Rescue Diver course and have 50 logged dives, you qualify to register as a PADI Master Scuba Diver, the highest non-professional diver rating within PADI.