PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver

Safer or longer… with Nitrox the choice is yours!


The PADI Enriched Air, or Nitrox Course, as it’s more commonly known, is one of the most popular on offer in the Maldives amongst certified divers. Contrary to what a lot of people think, Nitrox is not only for technical divers, but is being used more and more by recreational divers who want to increase their safety. Nitrox looks set to become the standard for recreational scuba diving in years to come.

In a nutshell, the nitrogen in the air that we breathe underwater is the gas responsible for limited bottom times and decompression sickness. If we replace some of that nitrogen with oxygen – which our body can use and therefore does not need to get rid of – we can do one of two things: we could extend our allowed time underwater and still have the same safety margin as if we were diving with normal air, or, we could stick to the same time limits as with normal air but breathe Nitrox – therefore increasing the safety.

PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver course information

  • Minimum age: 12 years
  • Minimum certification: Open Water Diver/Junior OWD
  • One theory session