Enriched Air Diver

Who should take this course?


The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADIs 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 do not hesitate to become an enriched air diver.

If you are a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver who is at least 12 years old, you can enroll in the Enriched Air Diver Specialty course. Note that in some regions the minimum age is older than 12.

What will you learn?


You will 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, and two optional (or required) scuba dives, you will:

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


How can you start learning now?


Sign up for Enriched Air Diver Online - PADIs eLearning option - to get started immediately. The web-based system covers all the enriched air diver course content and allows you to study at your own pace through an easy-to-use, interactive program. You also have access to an online version of the Enriched Air Diver Manual.
You can also choose to read the Enriched Air Diver Manual and watch the Enriched Air Diving video. Stop by your local PADI Dive Centre to enroll in the course, get your materials and start learning.


What gear will you use?


Most modern scuba equipment and dive computers can be used with enriched air, but your PADI Instructor will let you know if your gear meets manufacturer recommendations and local requirements. However, scuba tanks must meet oxygen service standards and be dedicated for use with enriched air. You will practice using oxygen analysers and special cylinder decals. Your PADI Dive Centre staff will explain other equipment you may need to enjoy enriched air diving.
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