No matter what you call it... Nitrox, Enriched air, or EANx, they are all breathing gases that contain lower levels of nitrogen than regular air.
So, if you complete the online Nitrox certification your dives can be extended because you will be breathing from a tank that contains less nitrogen (chemical symbol N2).
PADI® have made the process for earning an Enriched Air Nitrox Diver certification easy with eLearning™.
The independent study explains how to dive safely with nitrox and why you can make longer dives.
Then, you can meet up with a Nitrox Instructor to finish the hands-on practical exercises. You will learn how to:
Note: The PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver Online certification does not require any dives. But, there are two (2) optional scuba dives attached to the outline.
You will get unlimited access to the web based training manual so you can complete the Enriched Air Diver course knowledge development sessions online. Thus, PADI eLearning™ courses allow you to study in your own time and at a pace that suits your schedule.
By simplifying the learning process, the new program has a 'dive-computer only' option. So, you can complete the training in the classroom if you don't have time to make the optional scuba dives.
Here's how it works:
The system presents you with a range of interactive presentations, such as videos (with audio), assorted graphics, and easy-to-understand reading sections.
There are no in-water practical components allocated to this program. So, access to the Internet is all you need to complete the course material.
Prior to certification as a PADI Enriched Air Diver, you must complete a Practical Application session, and (either):
There will be an extra charge for the Practical Application session or the Nitrox training dives. The eLearning course will be available for one (1) year from registration.
Important: Even though you can get Nitrox certified online, a PADI Enriched Air Specialty Instructor will review your independent study for mastery before certification.
The 'PADI® Open Water Course Introduction' is free and the ideal way to start a scuba diving certification online. There is no credit card required to create an account online.
But, there is a nonrefundable charge (around 7,000 THB) for many online versions (e.g. the PADI Advanced Open Water eLearning course).
PADI does consent to a version of 'solo diving' through the Self-Reliant Diver certification course, available in Pattaya, Thailand.
Being able to stay underwater for longer is one of the main reasons for diving on nitrox gas mixes.
But, there will be an increased potential for oxygen toxicity (even within recreational diving limits). As a rule of thumb, the maximum depth on a mix of:
In most cases, students who choose to study online will need a time commitment of three (3) to four (4) hours to completely finish the knowledge development section of the course.
All PADI scuba diving courses combine some knowledge development with practical training exercises. This helps students understand the basic principles and safety aspects involved.
A review of the final test must show that you scored at least seventy five percent (75%). Nonetheless, you will be able to retake the test if you don't pass it on the first attempt.
We all share a common responsibility to protect and conserve nature. So, passive interaction with aquatic animals helps to safeguard delicate and sensitive sea life.
A certain level of well-being and general fitness is needed to carry out scuba activities. Thus, you may need to get written approval from a physician before you go diving.
You can download the online version of the Diver Medical Participant Questionnaire to check if your current medical status will require a physician's approval.
Note: You should not ask dive staff (e.g. divemasters, instructors) for medical advice and clearance to go diving. Instead, you can contact the Divers Alert Network (DAN) if you have questions about your medical fitness to dive.
You may be wondering what comes after PADI's most popular diving specialty - Nitrox Diver Online. Well, making nitrox dives usually means you get more no decompression dive time.
As a result, most divers will get more time underwater (especially on repetitive dives) for other activities such as identifying different fish species and then taking photographs of them.
Note: The short video [1:07 seconds] contains information about taking the Enriched Air Diver course and the importance of being able to analyse gas mixes. Click here to contact Private Scuba Divers in Thailand.