From the very start the training to become a scuba diver, we are taught about the dangers of nitrogen and it being the cause of decompression sickness, narcosis, limitations on dive times and number of dives than can be completed in a day. By furthering your diver training and completing the hugely popular PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver specialty course, divers can reduce the amount of nitrogen in the gas they breathe underwater and therefore reduce the risks and limitations of diving with ‘normal’ air.

If you are planning multiple dives in a day (and who wouldn’t, given the amazing underwater world?), diving with nitrox will allow for shorter surface intervals and/or longer bottom times for repetitive dives, some divers also report feeling less tired after a day’s diving with nitrox as opposed to diving with ‘normal’ air. There’s nothing overly complicated about Nitrox, it’s simply a gas with a higher percentage of oxygen and lower percentage of nitrogen, and learning to dive with it is easy with the PADI eLearning course – it only takes a few hours and can mostly be completed at home! Once qualified, the use of Nitrox at Euro-Divers dive centres is free!

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The course will teach you why nitrox allows you to make longer dives and how to use it safely through independent study, whenever and wherever it’s convenient to you – there’s no need to use up your precious holiday time if you’d rather complete it at home; the online component takes 2-4 hours.

Once you arrive at the resort you will just need to meet with your instructor to go through the practical elements of gas analysing, filling in the nitrox log and setting your dive computer correctly, then you have the option of completing two dives using nitrox.

Participants need to be a minimum of 12 years old and have an entry level certification of Open Water Diver or equivalent. The course can be completed in tandem with the PADI Open Water Diver course too.

To get started click the button below and select the dive centre you will be visiting then select ‘Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver’ – you’ll be diving safer and longer in no time!