Scuba Adventures is the only dive shop in the DFW area that offers the Nitrox course free with our open water class!
All three owners have been diving for over two decades, and we have seen Nitrox go from being referred to as the “Devil’s Gas” to being widely accepted and available in dive locales.
Most dive shops offer Nitrox as continuing education and some even offer it as an add-on to your open water class. However, Scuba Adventures feels that Nitrox isn’t a technical diving specialty anymore and the added benefits and safety of using Nitrox outweighs the cost we incur in teaching it. This is why we have made the philosophical decision to include the Nitrox course with every open water class.
What is Nitrox?
Technically it is any gas, but generally in recreational diving, Nitrox is referred to as any gas where the mixture of oxygen is greater than 21% thereby reducing the nitrogen content to less than 79%.
Standard Nitrox mixtures of 32% and 36% offer greater time at depth by reducing the amount of nitrogen loading. As you learned, or will learn, in your open water course, decompression sickness is caused by nitrogen bubbles forming in your body tissues. Breathing a lower percentage of nitrogen (or a higher percentage of oxygen) allows less nitrogen to build up in your body and therefore increasing your no decompression limits and decreasing the risk of decompression sickness.
While all of this may seem foreign to a new diver, introducing this shortly after discussing partial pressures (a fundamental of open water diving education) and atmospheres, just reinforces the prior learning.
Learn to Dive With Scuba Adventures
Are you ready to take your love for the underwater world to another level? You can learn to scuba dive right here in DFW, Texas! We have a heated, indoor, 16-foot pool ideal for training year-round as well as a pavilion and training platform at the Scuba Ranch in Terrell, Texas. It’s easy to get started. Sign up for an Open Water Scuba Diving course today.