Posted by : Atlantis Team | Tuesday 8th January 2019 | Diving

Diving With Nitrox

One of the most popular activity to do when you’re on holiday is Scuba Diving especially in a place like Bali. Breathing under water and seeing all the beautiful sea creatures is unique and an unforgettable experience. But unfortunately, this can only be done for a limited amount of time. Unless you dive with a Nitrox tank, which expands this time, so you can enjoy your dive longer.

 

What exactly is Nitrox?

Nitrox or Enriched Air Nitrox is a nitrogen/oxygen gas mixture with an oxygen concentration higher than the 21% found in normal air. Most popular blend has 32% of oxygen and 68% of nitrogen, called Nitrox 32. With a higher amount of oxygen and a lower amount of nitrogen, divers can lengthen the decompression limits, shorten surface intervals and achieve a greater buffer for decompression safety.

 

Nitrox is getting more popular amongst divers in the last few years and can be easily recognized by the yellow and green Nitrox label on the tank.

 

Pros of diving with Nitrox

First, a very attractive pro is that you can have a longer bottom time when using it. This happens because of the lower percentage of nitrogen in the tank which is absorbed at a slower rate in your body tissue and blood vessel.

 

Second, diving with Nitrox will also shorten your surface time in between the dive, so no more spending hours and hours waiting for the next dive.

 

Third, there is a significant amount of evidence that using Nitrox does reduce post dive fatigue, especially on multiple days of diving with several dives per day.

 

Cons of diving with Nitrox

Even though it sounds great to enjoy the underwater world even longer with Nitrox, it does come with a fundamental risk which is being subjected to an oxygen toxicity. This risk can occur when divers exceed their partial pressure limit. This event is extremely rare and are caused by divers who exceed the limit without having the required training. Therefore, you must stay in your training limits and do not try to go beyond them.

 

Certification

While diving with Nitrox does sound impressive, especially for beginners, it really is just like any other piece of scuba diving equipment that you will need to understand and properly use in order to avoid any dangers and make the most out of. Therefore, you can only dive with Nitrox when you are a certified Nitrox diver. At Dune Atlantis Bali Nitrox tanks are offered for free all year long, if you are certified.

 

Interested in obtaining your certification? Check this link to discover our Nitrox promotion: https://www.atlantis-bali-diving.com/best-offers