U.S. Navy Nitrox Diving Applications
NAVY EXPERIMENTAL DIVING UNIT PANAMA CITY FL
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Nitrox diving is any diving using a nitrogen-oxygen Nitrox mixture where the percentage of oxygen is greater than 21. Its primary advantage is the marked decrease in decompression stress when a given dive profile is compared to air. The use of Equivalent Air Depth EAD calculation is employed to decrease or eliminate the decompression obligation that would be required if the same dive profile was conducted using air. Nitrox can benefit scuba, surface- supplied, SDV and recompression operations. The disadvantages entail extra provisions for its handling, identification, mixing, and training. Formal course of instruction and open water Nitrox diving were conducted at NEDU. In addition, a Nitrox seminar was conducted and a questionnaire was used to explore the application and administration of Nitrox to U.S. Navy diving.
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