PADI Dive Centre

Why PADI Enriched Air course?

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.

Some reasons to dive with Enriched Air Nitrox

1. Longer Bottom Times: Recreational nitrox (21 -  40% oxygen) contains a lower percentage of nitrogen than air. The reduced percentage of nitrogen in recreational nitrox allows divers to extend their no- decompression limits (or dive time) by reducing nitrogen absorption – the less nitrogen there is in a diver's breathing gas, the slower his nitrogen absorption will be at a given depth.

2. Shorter Surface Intervals: A diver using nitrox absorbs less nitrogen for a given depth and dive time than a diver using air. This means that the nitrox diver has less nitrogen to off- gas during a surface interval, which can shorten the required surface interval drastically.

3. Longer Repetitive Dive Times: Nitrox becomes especially useful for divers who engage in more than one dive per a day. A diver using nitrox will have a longer allowable bottom time on a repetitive dive than a diver using air because the diver using nitrox has absorbed less nitrogen.

4. Reduced Exhaustion: Many divers claim to feel less exhausted after a dive on nitrox than after a comparable dive on air. By reducing a diver's nitrogen absorption, nitrox may also reduce a diver's post- dive exhaustion.


What do I need to start

If you’re a PADI Junior Open Water Diver, PADI Open Water Diver or qualified diver who is at least 12 years old, you can enroll in the Enriched Air Diver Specialty course.

What will you learn?

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 you’ll:

  • Discuss managing oxygen exposure.
  • Practice analyzing oxygen content in your scuba tank.
  • Set your dive computer for diving with enriched air nitrox.

How long will it take?

The course can be completed in as little as 2 days during . We are happy to set a schedule that fits in with your availability.

What does the course include?

Your PADI Enriched Air Crewpack, certification fees, use of scuba gear if you don’t have your own.

How do I get started?

Check our Calendar for our next PADI Enriched Air Nitrox course that will suit you or contact us.  

We require a R800- 00 deposit to book your seat with the balance due upon receipt of your course material.

What does it cost?

PADI Enriched Air Nitrox course: R1600- 00