Enriched Air Diver Specialty
This is one of the most popular PADI Specialties. It's easy to understand why: diving with enriched air (sometimes called "nitrox") provides divers longer "no decompression" dive times. This means more time underwater, especially when diving repetitively. Note: The Enriched Air Diver Specialty counts toward the Advanced Open Water Diver (AOWD) certification.
Students will learn to:
- Analyze and determine the oxygen content of enriched air.
- Learn how to verify cylinder content data.
- Execute dives within the no-stop, maximum depth, and maximum oxygen exposure limits.
In order to begin the Enriched Air Diver Specialty, all students must:
- Hold a PADI Open Water Diver certification, or qualifying certification from another organization
- Be at least fifteen (15) years of age
- Complete a short medical questionnaire or have one on file (some students may have to consult their medical doctor to obtain a signature)
It is recommended that students have their own mask, fins, and snorkel. Just as with the OWD, Deep Blue can provide these items for the duration of the Enriched Air Diver Specialty class, although it is strongly recommended that each student have their own.
All students will receive instructional materials necessary to study for and complete the Enriched Air Diver Specialty. Deep Blue will provide buoyancy control devices (BCDs), air, cylinders, weight belts, weights, and wetsuits for the duration of the class. The weekend diving license for Blue Hole (in Santa Rosa, NM) will also be provided.
Class & Dive Schedules
It is important students understand that elevation changes between Santa Rosa and Albuquerque can adversely impact student safety. Deep Blue strongly advises students stay the night in Santa Rosa at after repetitive or deep diving. Students are advised that they should allow themselves several hours after the end of diving on the second day (if applicable) to out-gas before driving home.