PADI Enriched Air Nitrox (EANx) Diver Specialty Course

Why should you attend a PADI Enriched Air Nitrox (EANx) Diver Specialty Course? Is it like Nitrous Oxide used in racing so I can go super fast?? Does it give me more air so I can stay down longer? Will I get high?

The PADI Scuba Diving Enriched Air (EAN) Diver Specialty Course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba course. Why? Because scuba diving with Enriched Air Nitrox (EANx) gives you more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives. This is because of the higher oxygen content, typically anywhere from 32% up to 40% oxygen. Unfortunately you won’t get high, or go super fast! But you will be able to stay down longer at a given depth than you would using regular air, although it doesn’t last any longer than normal air. All things being equal, the amount of  Enriched Air in your tank would last the same amount of time as per regular air. If staying down longer and getting back in the water sooner sounds appealing, then don’t hesitate to become an enriched air diver.

The Best Part

The best part about the PADI Scuba Diving Enriched Air (EANx) Diver Specialty Course is that you can stay down deeper for longer on your dive objective, whether it’s a shipwreck or a deep wall – diving with Nitrox extends your limits!

What will you learn?

You’ll 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 2 simulated or actual Open Water dives, you’ll learn:

  • Why divers dive with enriched air
  • About the hazards of enriched air
  • About oxygen partial pressure, oxygen exposure limits & oxygen toxicity
  • How to analyze oxygen content in your scuba tank
  • How to set your dive computer correctly for diving with Enriched Air Nitrox

What will you do?

Under the close eye of your PADI Specialty Instructor  you will organise and make two Open Water dives that range from 18–30 metres/60-100  feet.

  • You will monitor your dive computer, noting changes in partial pressure & the longer no-stop time compared to regular air.


  • Minimum age 12 years old
  • PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver

What will you get?

Apart from the fresh feeling of diving with Nitrox you’ll also get:

  • PADI Enriched Air (EAN) Diver Specialty Certification
  • One of the five PADI Specialty Diver Certifications to achieve the PADI Master Scuba Diver (MSD) Rating
  • The first dive of this PADI Enriched Air (EAN) Diver Specialty Course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Certification
  • You may be able to get college credit for the PADI Enriched Air (EAN) Diver Specialty Course

Your Next Adventure
A favorite companion course to the Enriched Air (EAN) Diver Specialty Course is the PADI Multilevel Specialty Course. If you want you can take these two specialties concurrently. Multilevel level diving helps you to get more out of your dive computer when planning dives as you won’t suffer the penalties that the old RDP tables dished out. Multilevel diving goes hand-in-hand with using enriched air as you can take full advantage of the longer no-stop time that using a dive computer permits and extend it further with Nitrox. This means you get more time deeper on that coveted dive objective.