PADI Enriched Air Diver

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The PADI Enriched Air Diver Specialty is our most popular specialty. Basically, if you are serious about your diving, then this specialty is a must do. Diving with enriched air, or nitrox for short, lets you safely extend your no stop time beyond the no decompression limits for air. Diving with enriched air means more time underwater, but you need to be certified as an Enriched Air Diver to get enriched air fills.
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So, if you are starting to run low on bottom time before you run low on air then this specialty is for you. Whether you’re into underwater photography or wreck diving, on holiday in some tropical paradise or just out for a leisurely day of diving at your local dive site, the PADI Enriched Air Diver certification helps you get more out of diving by allowing you more time underwater.


Minimum age: 12 years

Course prerequisites: PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver


What will I do?

You will complete one day of intense but enjoyable enriched air diver training. In our fully equipped multi-media classrooms, you will learn how to deal with many different scenarios, from how to identify a cylinder used for enriched air, right up to how to analyse a specific enriched air mix.

During your programme you will:

  • Plan and make no decompression dives using enriched air blends containing 22% to 40% oxygen, remaining within accepted dive table and oxygen exposure limits using tables and dive computers
  • Learn how to care for equipment used in enriched air diving
  • Learn how to avoid possible operational hazards and underwater hazards associated with oxygen


How do I get started?

Just pick your dates if you can and pay your £95 deposit and you will receive your PADI Enriched Air Diver eLearning materials. Don’t worry if you can’t commit to a date straight away. There are plenty scheduled throughout the year and you can get started on the home study as soon as you have received your eLearning login code.


How long will it take?

The PADI Enriched Air Diver Specialty is a one-day classroom-based programme.


What will I need?

The PADI Enriched Air Diver Specialty is open to all divers aged 12 and above who hold the PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver certification or equivalent.


Where can I go from here?

Once you have completed your PADI Enriched Air Diver Specialty you have opened up a whole new world of possibilities as you have extended your no stop dive time beyond the no decompression limits for air. The next step for you could be the PADI Deep Diver and PADI Wreck Diver Specialties so that you can make use of that extra bottom time. After some experience of using enriched air, you may also want to explore the dark world of tec diving.

Once you have completed five PADI specialties, the PADI Rescue Diver course and have 50 logged dives you hold all the prerequisites for the PADI Master Scuba Diver certification. This is the highest non-professional rating in the PADI system of diver education.

Here at Aquasport all our Instructors hold this level of recreational certification. We recommend that every diver takes this route regardless of their further ambitions as we see it as a commitment to education and a real achievement.