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What's the deal with the "Advanced Nitrox" certification?

Discussion in 'Technical Diving Specialties' started by Reg Braithwaite, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. battles2a5

    battles2a5 Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
    Advanced Nitrox and Deco are typically joined together because one faciliates the other. Deco procedures introduces the overhead, and advanced nitrox gives some tools to manage the overhead more effectively. However, it also introduced some additional in-water risks and planning requirements;

    1) You are now switching gases, so you need to understand gas switching protocols (whichever ones you choose to adopt)
    2) You are playing with higher F02's, so overall P02 is much more sensitive to depth change, which means that bouyancy control and situational awareness become much more important.
    3) You're PO2 threshold increases to 1.6 on deco, which burns your CNS clock a lot faster, so you have one more factor to add into your dive planning, especially when doing repetitive deep dives

    The concepts introduced in Adv Nitrox will follow you throughout your deco training when you are using 1, 2, 3, or more deco gases just like basic air/nitrox decompression concepts will follow you through advanced trimix. I think it is a very important class for anyone planning to pursue technical diving. Just run some profiles for a deep dive w/ and w/o deco gases and you will see what an important tool it is.

    If you are concerned about the task loading, I would skip on these classes until you think you are ready. I don't think a recreational trimix class will help you with much outside of adding a little more discipline to your planning and diving. I think the time will be better spent working on the foundations and working on introducing tasking exercises.
  2. Reg Braithwaite

    Reg Braithwaite Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Toronto, ON
    We are in 100% complete agreement on this.

    We are also in agreement on this, I am taking GUE-F when the season re-opens, and practicing skills once or twice a week until then. I don't know if it is the absolute 100% best path to foundations, but up here in Ontario people speak well of Dan MacKay.

    In the mean time, I'd like to do some more bookish study, so I was wondering which of these two would be a good option to pursue.
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2008
  3. DANM

    DANM Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: CAPE CORAL, FL
    i just earned my padi rescue diver cert this weekend, i'm doing advanced nitrox and deco procedures together for the reasons everyone is discussing through an IANTD instructor in Jan, then i will be continuing on through trimix, wreck penitration ect. i live in florida and there are a lot of deep wrecks here, the guy i spearfish does a lot of these tech dives and that is what i'm interested in, from my understanding with trimix at deeper depths 130'+ you don't get so much tunnel vision, or narced to bad either. good luck with whatever path you take, but seems like you should do both advanced nitrox and deco procedures togther to get the understanding and benifits.
    and by the way we have a cold front down here it is only going to be in the 70's today ansd i'm diving in the gulf on sunday, should be approx 72 degrees burrrr, i will actually need a wetsuit. later, dan
  4. JeffG

    JeffG Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Edmonton, Alberta
    For a more god like experience you should look at the karma sutra.
  5. Blackwood

    Blackwood DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Southern California

    The TDI books are easy to read with their size 40 font and elementary school limericks, but they really don't have a whole heck of a lot of information to offer.

    The IANTD books on the other hand are very poorly edited and often hard to read, but are full to the brim of good data.

    Seems pretty wishy-washy to me. "Here's some info that is best used when applied towards decompression, but if you want to learn about that go buy a software package written by someone else."
  6. Jimmer

    Jimmer Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Brantford, Ontario
    Hey Reg. Dan MacKay has a great reputation, and from what I've heard, I dont think you'd be dissapointed with his class. Just curious if you've talked to Matt at Dan's Dive shop about his intro to tech program? I did it through him and was quite please with it. He was willing to take extra time to work with students, give them time to go practice skills. Overall a good experience.

    I'm now registered for his Tech 1 class this spring, and need all the in water time I can get, so if you know of any decent shore dive spots over the winter time, pm me and I'd love to get some time in the water.

  7. Reg Braithwaite

    Reg Braithwaite Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Toronto, ON
    Sadly, all the people I know hit Humber Bay in Toronto on a weekly basis for practice. While I agree that Open Water is ideal, I am not convinced that I can use E. Coli for my PADI Fish Identification Specialty.

    So for now at least, I am in the pool working my hose drills and back finning :-S
  8. Steve  SDI/TDI HQ

    Steve SDI/TDI HQ Instructor, Scuba

    Almost entirely -- but not 100 percent -- a function of Closed-Circuit Rebreather Diving.
  9. Divin'Hoosier

    Divin'Hoosier Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Bonita Springs, FL
    I just finished up TDI Adv Nitrox/Deco Procedures this past Aug and it only covers one deco gas. They don't currently add a second deco gas until Trimix. Maybe that varies by instructor.
  10. Steve  SDI/TDI HQ

    Steve SDI/TDI HQ Instructor, Scuba

    Who did you ask Howard? :)

    As far as accelerated vs optimized decompression, this may help clarify some terms...

    Doppler’s Blog

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