All Scuba diving courses are taught in Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certified instructors,
who strictly adhere to safety and quality standards. Divers Alert Network insurance protection - DAN Student Membership Program for all entry level courses.
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Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
Padi Courses for 2007:
This is a one-day course with approximately 3-4 hours of self study book time, An instructional video, and an exam and review of the information with an instructor.
When divers are underwater, they must breath air (or some other gas) that has been compressed to allow themseves to inflate
their lungs against the pressure of the surrounding water. Air is a mixture of 79 percent nitrogen and 21 percent oxygen.
At depth, nitrogen, which is chemically inert, is asorbed through the lungs where it passes into the bloodstream.
Blood transports the nitrogen throught the body to tissues. The longer a diver stays underwater and the deeper he dives,
the more nitrogen he absorbs.
It takes time for nitrogen to be absorbed and it takes time for it to be released. Divers today use dive tables and dive computers
to calculate their bottom time and determine how slowly they have to ascend back to the surface. Divers still asorb nitrogen
while diving with nitrox, but because their is less nitrogen in the gas mixture, their bottom time can be extended beyond
that which is allowable with ordinary air.
Many Scuba divers also state they feel more refreshed after diving because they are asorbing less nitrogen.
This course covers the knowledge, skills and techniques for diving with enriched air. The
minimum number of recommended hours is 12, spent on knowledge development and
practical operational application, which does not include the enriched air training dives.
To conduct the PADI Enriched Air Diver course:
1. The instructor must follow the standardized PADI Enriched Air Diver
Specialty Course outline. Other enriched air programs may not be used
for this course.
2. Students must complete and sign the Liability Release and Assumption
of Risk Agreement for Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diving.
3. If available in a language students can read, students must read the
PADI Enriched Air Diver Manual and turn in the completed Knowledge
Reviews for review by the instructor.
4. If available in a language students understand, students must watch the
PADI Enriched Air Diving video. It is recommended, but not required, that
students have personal copies of the video for independent study and review after
5. Students must successfully complete the Enriched Air Diver Exam and
demonstrate mastery of all performance objectives during the Practical
Application Session 1 and 2 and enriched air training dives. To be successful
on the exam, the student must either score 100 percent initially,
or score 75 percent or higher and have each question missed explained
until mastery is achieved.
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