Nitrox Certification on The Great Barrier Reef
Reef Encounter is Australia’s premier Great Barrier Reef liveaboard, offering a wide range of advanced dive certifications. To dive with nitrox on the Great Barrier Reef and elsewhere worldwide, you must hold a current nitrox certification.
We offer Enriched Air Nitrox certification courses to qualified divers during your stay with us on board. We also offer the course as an optional add-on to those guests enrolled on an Open Water Course.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a universally recognised qualification. This licence will enhance your diving experience for all future diving excursions where nitrox is available.
If you are not already an advanced scuba diver, this qualification will also move you one step closer to becoming one.
How to book an Enriched Air Nitrox certification course
Follow the booking process and add ‘Nitrox Course’ to your selection when the box of ‘Optional Extras’ appears. After booking your reef trip, you will receive a link to begin the online theory training portion of the course. This should be completed before your trip onboard Reef Encounter.
You may choose to complete your dive training along with other guests by choosing ‘Stateroom’ accommodation, which is our standard hotel-style accommodation packages. If you require personalised training with a dedicated private Instructor, then you may book the ‘Top Deck Club’ accommodation. This includes a private dive Instructor assigned to your booking party for your entire reef trip, as well as many other luxury upgrades.
*Anyone booking a trip which includes scuba must read our ‘SCUBA Divers Important Information’ Page…
What does a nitrox certification course entail?
The course entails theory-based learning to ensure that you understand the safety aspects involved in diving with nitrox, its benefits and its potential risks. The theory component will be conducted before your arrival to Reef Encounter as a short online training course.
Once onboard, you’ll complete a practical theory session with your nitrox Instructor. This is where you’ll discuss the online theory and make sure you are happy with your knowledge. You’ll practice some of the finer, practical applications with your Instructor. These include testing and analysing the oxygen contents of your tank before every dive and calculating your maximum operating depth (MOD).
You will complete one dive on enriched air nitrox with your scuba Instructor. Once all aspects of the course are satisfactorily complete – you are then a fully qualified Enriched Air Nitrox diver.
How many dives using nitrox are included in the course?
The minimum duration for an Enriched Air Nitrox certification course is two days, and one night spent onboard. Included in your course cost is all scuba dives using nitrox for the 24 hours that you are staying with us to achieve the certification.
If you are enjoying a two day, one night trip with Reef Encounter – this means that all your dives may be using nitrox, as part of the certification course.
Many qualified divers choose to stay with us for multiple nights. If this is the case, you will be using nitrox for the 24 hours that you are enrolled in the course. These dives on nitrox are included in your nitrox certification package. This is all dives from noon lunchtime on the day your course begins until noon lunchtime the following day.
For the additional time you enjoy at the reef with us, you may choose to book additional nitrox cylinder refills, or may dive on standard air tanks.
I am a qualified diver – Do I need certification in nitrox to dive with enriched air onboard Reef Encounter?
If you are a qualified diver, then yes you do. As with all scuba equipment, nitrox diving is excellent if used correctly and can add many incredible benefits to your diving experience. If misused, nitrox – like all else – poses potential dangers. Nitrox certification is mandatory for certified divers who wish to dive with nitrox.
I am doing my Open Water Course with Reef Encounter, can I add a nitrox qualification to my training?
Yes! If you are not already a qualified scuba diver, you can choose the option to become a Certified Scuba Diver onboard Reef Encounter. No additional time onboard is required to add a nitrox certification onto your training. You’ll need to complete some additional theory before your trip. You may then enjoy the great benefits of diving with nitrox.
Opt for the ‘Lessons – Learn To Dive’ selection during your booking process and add on the additional ‘Nitrox Course’ option that appears.
About Enriched Air Nitrox Courses with Reef Encounter
A Reef Encounter nitrox course will teach you all the necessary skills and knowledge to get the most out of diving with enriched air.
The ‘act’ of scuba diving with enriched air nitrox is physically no different than diving with normal air. You dive with a cylinder of enriched air precisely the same as you would with a tank of regular air.
The course ensures that you have the right knowledge to dive safely with nitrox. It covers all the fantastic benefits of diving with nitrox. These include the aspects of increased safety when diving with nitrox correctly, the circumstances in which you may scuba for longer durations before reaching no-decompression time limits and the potential for shorter surface intervals.
Probably the most notable benefit of using enriched air is that most divers report having much more energy after scuba diving than they would do otherwise. Having more energy during and after scuba dives greatly enhances your diving experiences – as most experienced divers know that a passion for the water can be a taxing sport!
The course also teaches the potential dangers of diving incorrectly with nitrox and how to ensure you avoid them. You will learn how to calculate your ‘MOD’ or ‘Maximum Operating Depth’. Your Instructor will teach you how to test the oxygen content inside your cylinder – a crucial skill that every nitrox certified diver must be comfortable doing before each nitrox dive. You will also learn relevant skills such as how to calculate ‘equivalent air depths’ or ‘EAD’.
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