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Granted, the air that we breathe in Saba is rarified to begin with, but (since January 2002), Sea Saba proudly offers the next step in diver safety:  Enriched Air or more commonly referred to nitrox is available to certified nitrox divers. 


Sea Saba now offers three options to become nitrox certified as well as a one-day "Dive Today" option.  See our Training & Courses page of this site for full descriptions, explanations of the differences and pricing for each course.  PADI's new Enriched Air/Nitrox course has been streamlined to accommodate today's diving style of utilizing dive computers.  Spend some time with the step-by-step PADI manual and DVD, and you can become nitrox certified with two easy unobtrusive afternoon sessions without interrupting your diving holiday (or dinner plans!). 

So what’s the big deal about nitrox? Well for starters, how about the following?

Greatly increased safety margins with faster off gassing and less nitrogen absorption.  

Extended bottom times at both our pinnacles and shallower dive sites*.  

Less fatigue which translates to more energy during and after your dives.

Nitrox is not new to the diving industry.  In fact, it has been used in commercial applications since the early 1900's.  The widespread acceptance in recreational diving was only accepted once many myths were dispelled:

Truth #1   You do not need to purchase any additional diving equipment.
Truth #2  You can use your present regulator and change between nitrox and air provided you use a 40% mix or less
Truth #3 Although nitrox is used in commercial diving, it is now readily available at many diving destinations worldwide and is easily used in recreational diving applications.
Truth #4   Sea Saba recommends using a 32% mix even on our pinnacle dives with a conservative safety margin for oxygen concerns but the benefits that nitrox offers at these depths.  Click here to read why we say 32% is the way to go on Saba.

Sea Saba's new "green monster" is manufactured by Nuvair, the leader in cutting edge Nitrox technology.  Nuvair's' patented nitrox hollow fiber permeable membrane system produces safe, reliable nitrox breathing gases without the dangers of oxygen blending systems. 

So if your interested in increased diving safety or more bottom time, let us know --- we're here to help you decide whether it's right for you and train you in its proper use. If you're already certified in its use, we've got you covered--make sure you Contact Sea Saba to take advantage of the lowest pre-booked nitrox:  unlimited use for only $59/week!  

For more information regarding enriched air and its benefits, visit any of the qualified agencies: PADI, TDI, IANTD, and ANDI's websites.  Like some specifications on our equipment?  Ask John for a tour or start with this informative page:  Workshop and Rental Equipment  

*Sea Saba policy...If you wish to extend bottom times with nitrox usage, you must have a nitrox computer and demonstrate your understanding of it.  

This page last updated on 07/08/2008 from our Windwardside office.

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