March 2003 Chris Ledgard
To provide the diver with a good understanding of the special dive planning procedures
appropriate to diving with Nitrox mixtures and pure oxygen.
To provide the diver with a good understanding of the problems of equipment oxygen
compatibility and standards for gas mixing.
To provide the diver with the opportunity to gain further experience using Nitrox .
Minimum duration of course is 2 days, with the number of class room sessions being 5. The minimum classroom duration is 6 hours.
The minimum number of 2 dives are required with one dive to include the use of oxygen during decompression.
Student’s minimum age of 18 years, SAA Club Diver and SAA Basic Nitrox Diver, or equivalents. Minimum number of dives over 50 (at least 5 of these using Nitrox mixture)
This course will be a regional course run by qualified Advanced Nitrox [ AdvEAN ] instructors. This course must be lead by an Approved Advanced Nitrox Instructor [ approved by the National Nitrox Coordinator ] , assisted either by other Approved AdvEAN Instructors or instructors gaining their qualification.
The number of ‘Assistant Instructors’ must not exceed the number of Approved AdvEAN Instructors. A register of Approved AdvEAN Instructors is maintained by the National Nitrox Coordinator at Head Office.
Ratio: One Instructor for every two candidates for Dives 1 and 2
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Suitable classroom with teaching aids for formal presentations.
Suitable shallow open water dive site (10m maximum) for Dive 1.
Dive site with 30m maximum for Dive 2.
Equipment and materials for classroom and practical sessions, as detailed in AdvEAN Course Instructor Notes
CMAS approval to be sought from CMAS as this course has been developed in line with the current CMAS standard.
Course Certification will be issued by SAA Head Office.
Instructor briefing Assemble, Introductions, Administration
Theory Lesson -Advanced Oxygen Theory - 90 minutes
Theory Lesson Nitrogen Effects - 90 minutes
Theory Lesson – Deep Diving Procedures - 90 minutes
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Theory Lesson Practical Considerations - 90 minutes
Practical 1 (open water, dives 1 ; approx. 1 hr.)
Practical 2 (as PR1 but with use of pure oxygen as a decompression gas)
By the end of the course, students should be able to
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