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Does your Local Dive shop have Nitrox?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by gadget, Apr 13, 2002.

Does your LDS have Nitrox?

  1. Yes they do

    165 vote(s)
  2. No they don't

    33 vote(s)
  3. I don't know

    3 vote(s)
  4. They still call it Devil gas !

    4 vote(s)
  5. I do it in my garage

    8 vote(s)
  1. ChrisF

    ChrisF Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Palm Harbor, FL
    I only know of one local shop that doesn't provide some flavor of Nitrox and they're going out of business.....
  2. Northeastwrecks

    Northeastwrecks Divemaster

  3. Texas Tek-diver

    Texas Tek-diver Nassau Grouper

    Not all dive stores in my area have Nitrox, but some claim to and have their clients tanks filled at my LDS. :confused:

    I didn't have to do any dives for Nitrox certification , but I had to do several dives for advanced Nitrox.

    SDI/TDI Nitrox certification allows use of 22% to 40% nitrox to a maximum depth of 130 fsw/40 msw. They teach you to always analyze for yourself, the mixture in the tank before you use it.

    SDI/TDI Advanced Nitrox cetification allows use of all standard and custom nitrox mixes including 100% oxygen as primary and decompression gases to a max depth of 150 fsw.
  4. otter-cat

    otter-cat Solo Diver

    No, sadly my LDS, the only LDS in town, does not have it. They offer the certification course, though. I am guessing that Nitrox fills are available in the next town of decent size...40 miles away.:(

    DEEP SEA Nassau Grouper

    Yes, Open Water Habitat Dive Shop in Santa Ana, Ca.

    Great shop!
  6. detroit diver

    detroit diver Great White

    Yes, ours does. But I don't use it. The prices are much too high.

    I've gotten together with a couple of friends and put together a mix station in one guy's garage. Nitrox, helium, argon. We top off at the LDS with air.

    If you dive a lot, the price savings can be HUGE. And you can mix to your dive plan.

    It's not for everyone.....
  7. Diversauras

    Diversauras NAUI Instructor

    # of Dives:
    Location: Myrtle Beach SC
    What is too high? The counter quip would also have to be what is your (increased) safety worth?
  8. gadget

    gadget Nassau Grouper

    Do you tell your LDS that you have Oxygen in the tank? Is the air they top up your tank with suitable for blending?

    If not, you are directly and knowingly putting them in harms way. :upset:

    I am just asking the question, I am not accusing you or anybody.

    Here is why:

    Three years ago I had a guy come in to get his 46 cu ft stage bottle topped up with air and while I was filling it he asked to have it as close to 2200 psi as possible.

    When I got suspicious he confessed he had pure O2 in the tank. The air from the compressor had not been checked for O2 compatibility or been hyper filtered for partial pressure blending.

    Also I used no special technique to fill the tank such as swirling and slow fill speeds typically used when blending ( you know - all that stuff you learned in your blender course).

    To top it all off the tank which ironically had been professionally cleaned had been grossly contaminated when he switched valves on it to accomodate a different regulator. The new valve had never been O2 cleaned and was full of silicone grease. (Oh and by the way, he wasn't even nitrox certified - his buddy with the garage setup was the only one with a nitrox cert and it was basic nitrox)

    Luckily nether one of use were hurt and nothing happened other than me draining the tank far away from the shop and reading him the riot act.

    I am sure you are nothing like this guy, but I post this so people know if something happens they are the ones who will be in court to face charges or maybe something much, much worse.

    Points to ponder..........
  9. detroit diver

    detroit diver Great White

  10. Diversauras

    Diversauras NAUI Instructor

    # of Dives:
    Location: Myrtle Beach SC
    I got confused, I thought this thread was on Nitrox availability. I of course understand that tri-mix is beyond the scope of the question.

    Assuming you did want just garden verity Nitrox, what is your LDS charging?

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