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.
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.
You may be able to get college credit for the PADI Enriched Air Diver course – ask your instructor to learn more.
Most modern scuba equipment and dive computers can be used with enriched air, but your Blue Holic Scuba Instructor will let you know if your gear meets manufacturer recommendations and local requirements. However, scuba tanks must meet oxygen service standards and be dedicated for use with enriched air. We will rent those for you for $10/dive. You’ll practice using oxygen analyzers and special cylinder decals. Our Blue Holic staff will explain other equipment you may need to enjoy enriched air diving.
Call us at (323) 641-7416 or stop by Blue Holic Scuba to enroll in the course, get your materials and start learning. You will purchase the Enriched Air Diver Manual and watch the Enriched Air Diving video. Your PADI Instructor will meet with you to schedule knowledge review sessions along with your EAD theory course.