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SCUBA-L  August 1999, Week 4

SCUBA-L August 1999, Week 4

Subject:

Re: SEC: UNCLASSIFIED:-Re: Request for information on technicalagencies

From:

"Carl G. Heinzl" <[log in to unmask]>

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Scuba diving discussion list <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Wed, 25 Aug 1999 10:22:58 -0400

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Craig,
 
> >What classes are you considering taking?
>
> Initially just Nitrox, which the local shop offers as a PADI certification,
> then advanced nitrox, which I believe covers higher oxygen content mixes.
> Eventually I'm interested in decompression techniques etc.
 
Let me give you an example.  IANTD offers 3 levels of nitrox
certification.
This is directly from their web page.
 
Nitrox Diver -
     This program provides recreational divers a safer breathing medium
for enjoying dives in 40 fsw (12 msw) to 130 fsw (39
     msw) depth range. The diver may elect to dive the mix on EANx
tables or conservatively using their dive computers or air
     tables with an added diver safety margin. The IANTD Nitrox Diver
certification is adaptable to being taught as a single
     program or by combining it with a variety of advanced or specialty
diver courses.
 
Advanced Nitrox Diver
 
     This program is designed to extend the divers knowledge with O2
mixes of 22 to 40% and up to 50% for decompression. It
     further develops diving skills and provides a greater understanding
of the Nitrox diving concept.
 
***While I could not find their "Technical Nitrox" description, the
following is an excerpt from their
   "Technical Nitrox Instructor" listing
 
     This individual is charged with teaching divers who use custom
blends of Nitrox for bottom mix, travel mixes and
     decompression mixes.
 
Many times the advanced nitrox program is skipped and the student goes
directly to tech nitrox.
In fact, when I was "going through the courses" the general attitude was
that the "advanced nitrox"
program was a waste of time if you planned on going further. I didn't
actually get either of
the first two certifications.
 
GUE's course outlines show that their "Tech Diver 1" is for the most
part equivalent to
IANTD's tech nitrox.  The main difference that I see is that GUE
maintains a 130' END
(equivalent nitrogen depth) while IANTD has no such requirement and, in
fact, they
used to require a "deep" nitrox dive (which was of course on only
slightly enriched
air) to a max of 170' (don't know if that is still in effect though).  I
believe that
the GUE course is probably much more informative, however, as in all
things there
are IANTD instructors who are outstanding (and I'm sure there are some
who are
lousy too).  GUE's standards are much higher than any other organization
and I don't
think you could go wrong with any of their instructors.
 
Good luck with your training!!!
 
Carl

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