NITROX

The Nitrox specialty is designed to give the student the knowledge needed to safely dive and enjoy the many benefits backgas breathing mixtures with an oxygen content of 32% (EAN32) offer.  


Breathing Nitrox allows for extended time and/or safety margins over air in depths to 100fsw/30m.  However, like anything else, it does has its risks and considerations.


This course focuses on the practical and theoretical aspects of breathing high-oxygen gas mixtures, gas laws and physics, physiology, gas blending and safety, maximum operating depths (MOD), "Min Deco", standard gases and an academic introduction to decompression diving.


The class also addresses gas planning, creating an understanding of "Rock Bottom" or "Min Gas", in detail.


This is not a critical skills class. Failures will not be introduced by the instructor in this class.

WHY NITROX?

The Nitrox specialty is for any diver wanting to incorporate Nitrox into their diving, whether it be to add a margin of safety, extend their bottom times at recreational depths, prepare for technical dive training, or simply expand your diving knowledge and abilities and take advantage of the benefits Nitrox offers.


Nitrox allows for extended bottom times and adds a margin of safety, since by raising the oxygen content, we lower the inert gas (nitrogen) content.


However, with any benefit comes a tradeoff.  While increasing our oxygen content in our breathing gas brings advantages, it also has its risks and considerations, including oxygen toxicity.  


This class provides the diver the knowledge to safely incorporate Nitrox into his/her diving, enjoying its many benefits as well as understanding its limitations.

SKILLS & DRY RUNS

This 1 day workshop focuses on providing the diver the knowledge, tools and skills to safely dive with nitrox while enjoying the benefits it has to offer.  This includes analyzing gas and properly making the cylinder, s-drills, ascents and oxygen toxicity rescue procedures.


Students will then have 2 dives to plan and execute 2 dives using EAN32.  The dives will focus on pre-dive planning and procedures, buoyancy and trim, proper descents, proper ascents with stops, gas sharing scenarios to include horizontal touch contact swims, gas sharing ascents and rescue of a diver simulating oxygen toxicity.


We will "dry run" all skills.  Dry runs allow the student to practice the skills on land under the watchful eye of the instructor(s), allowing them to practice and discuss the skill prior to performing them underwater. 

ACADEMIC TOPICS & VIDEO REVIEW

This class is designed to provide a working knowledge on how to safely dive using nitrox.


Academic discussions include the history of Nitrox, uses and misconceptions about Nitrox, physics of gas laws and partial pressures, physiology, oxygen exposure and oxygen toxicity and gas planning and management, including Rock Bottom (min gas).  We also discuss, in detail, decompression strategies, min-Deco dive planning, blending and mixing Nitrox breathing gases, analyzing gas mixtures and safe diving practices and procedures.


Our diving days end with video review of the day's dives.  All FKD classes are video'd for educational and review purposes only.  We believe it is invaluable for students to visually focus on their individual in-water skills, situational awareness, communication and team diving.  Learning to self evaluate is an important aspect of the class.  


Our focus is the complete dedication to your diving skills, knowledge & in water practice.

PRE-REQUISITES

  • Minimum 16 years of age
  • Certified diver from a recognized training agency

OVERVIEW / COURSE LIMITS

  • Maximum depth is 60'.  Average depth 20 - 100'
  • All dives are to maintain a working PO2 of no greater than 1.4
  • Standard gas: EAN32
  • No overhead environments
  • Instructor to student ratio maximum 6:1 in open water, adjusting downward for environmental conditions.

DIVES & DURATION

  • 1 day, 2 dives, 4 hours of academics

All UTD / FKD classes are video'd for educational and review purposes only. We believe it is invaluable for students to visually focus on their individual in-water skills, situational awareness, communication and team diving. Learning to self evaluate is an important aspect of the class. 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

  • Complete the academic materials (online or book)
  • All UTD & FKD classes are non-smoking
  • The use of prescription drugs must be authorized prior to the onset of diver training by a physician

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

  • Single or double tank configuration 

Equipment Requirements Page


* We do have equipment available for use.  If you have any questions on equipment requirements please contact us prior to registering