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. Nitrox is available to certified nitrox divers. If you are not nitrox certified, read on to learn why it really makes sense to use nitrox on Saba and how easy it is to try nitrox or become certified.
Nitrox unlimited @ only $59
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!). Since 2009, PADI also offers an E-Learning nitrox course—it’s actually more expensive than doing it with Sea Saba but certainly an option if you have spare time before traveling and prefer to arrive fully certified.
So what’s the big deal about Nitrox and using it on Saba? 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.
Dive Nitrox, dive safer... 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:
Dispelling myths about Nitrox
You do not need to purchase any additional diving equipment.
You can use your present regulator and change between nitrox and air tanks provided you use a mix of 40% or less.
Although nitrox is used in commercial diving, it is readily available at diving destinations worldwide and is easily used in recreation diving applications.
Sea Saba recommends using a 32% mix even on our pinnacle dives with a conservative safety margin for oxygen concerns but the benefits nitrox offers at these depths. Click here to read why we say 32% is the way to go on Saba.
Sea Saba has been pumping nitrox since 2001. We are now on our second system 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!
Why 32%? Diver's Alert Network ("DAN") in Raleigh, North Carolina and the recreational scuba community generally recommends a maximum oxygen partial pressure of 1.4 ATA.
In line with this recommendations Sea Saba continues to offer 32% mix for all its dives. This also allows for a 'best mix' scenario whether diving Saba's famous pinnacles at 110ft (32m) or a shallower choice. The mix allows us to maximize our extended bottom times, while minimizing our exposure to nitrogen and oxygen loading and DCS risk--as well as having the flexibility to change dive site plans if conditions so dictate.
Sea Saba...better with nitrox *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.