What is NITROX and what is it for?
NITROX is called a breathing gas mixture used in scuba diving and consists of a combination of oxygen and nitrogen in different proportions. NITROX is used to increase the time on the bottom of the dive without the need for decompression, since it has less nitrogen than the normal compressed air used in recreational diving.
The air we normally breathe at the surface and when diving contains approximately 21% oxygen and 79% nitrogen. Nitrogen is the gas that plays in the diver's decompression and can cause incidents and accidents, if proper decompression is not done. By decreasing the percentage of nitrogen in the breathing gas mixture, the bottom time can be prolonged without decompression, increasing diving safety. Decompression times are also reduced.
NITROX also has other benefits, such as reducing diver fatigue and allowing faster recovery after the dive. Additionally, NITROX can reduce nitrogen buildup in the body, which can reduce the risk of decompression sickness.
Diving with NITROX requires specialized training in the use of the mixture, as different diving procedures and equipment are required compared to normal compressed air. It is important to note that the use of NITROX is not a silver bullet for deep diving and proper safety procedures need to be followed when diving with any type of breathing gas mixture.
In the NITROX specialty course you will learn everything related to the use of this mixture in sports practice.