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Nitrox diving is getting more and more popular among divers. For some the extended bottom times using Nitrox tables or Nitrox dive computers are an important factor, but most people get a Nitrox certification for the extra safety aspects of Nitrox scuba diving.
If the safety issue is your main reason for diving with Nitrox, you don’t need a Nitrox dive computer, even the Nitrox dive tables are not necessary. Just dive Nitrox on air tables with the maximum depth that goes with your specific Nitrox mix. Free enriched, nitrox diving air makes Safe Diving.
What is Nitrox?
You will probably know that air contains about 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen and 1% residual gasses. The more advanced Nitrox readers will know that the nitrogen component causes the decompression problems. Under the pressure of the water column above you nitrogen builds up in your tissues and may turn into tiny bubbles when you ascend. No wonder some smart guy tried replacing part of the nitrogen with oxygen and guess what… the nitrogen build-up diminished. Nowadays, after more than 50 years of experience, we call any air mix with more than 21% (up to 40%) oxygen “Enriched Air Nitrox”.
Less Nitrogen build-up means less chance of decompression problems. Using your air table on an average dive, 45 min. to 18m, you will find yourself ending up in pressure group S. When you use the Nitrox table for Nitrox 36 (36% oxygen, 63% nitrogen), you end up in pressure group K.
A lot less nitrogen build-up! It will give you 16 minutes more bottom time to reach pressure group R. Now you can see the trade-off between extra safety and extra bottom time.
When you dive Nitrox on air tables, less nitrogen build-up equals extra safety diving. When you use Nitrox tables you can trade in the extra safety for extra bottom time and end up in the same pressure group.
Dive Safe and Stay Safe