Nitrox just got even better

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Posted on 30th November 2010 by calypso in Diving

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As we come to the latter part of 2010, in which PADI’s Specialty of the Year has been Enriched Air Nitrox, we have noticed an increase in divers using it and really enjoying more time underwater.

Nitrox, also known as Enriched Air, is a breathing gas used for scuba diving. Normal air is composed of around 21% oxygen and 79% nitrogen. The oxygen is used by our body, but the nitrogen is not and so it builds up. It is the nitrogen (as well as the amount of gas left in your tank!) that limits your allowable time underwater (called the no-decompression limit or NDL). With Nitrox) there is a higher proportion of oxygen in the breathing gas, meaning a lower percentage of nitrogen. This allows for extended NDLs, i.e. longer time underwater (assuming you have gas remaining to breathe!). Nitrox is therefore extremely popular, and indeed to is PADI’s most popular specialty course, because it means you get more value from each dive. However, a little extra training is required because the higher levels of oxygen mean that depth limits sometimes need to be shallower. Divers using Nitrox need to learn how to analyze their mix, work out their maximum depth and manage their oxygen exposure according to the richness of the mix they are using. With computer use now integrated into the Nitrox course, this procedure is simpler than ever.

For 2011 Calypso has a special promotion for Nitrox fills and courses. And, as a Christmas present to our divers, we are overlapping the offer into December 2010 as well. Contact us to find out how to get complimentary Nitrox for Christmas and all the way through 2011!

Berting’s Journey Begins

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Posted on 15th November 2010 by calypso in Diving |General

BertingBerting, who has been doing a fantastic job as Calypso Shop Crew for over a year, is now embarking on his diving internship. He will undertake PADI diving courses at Calypso starting with Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water, EFR and Rescue and ultimately go on to the professional level of Divemaster. Additionally, he will attend external courses, such as dive equipment technician training. Berting is excited about the journey ahead. We’ll keep you posted as he progresses through his internship.