GEORGE TOWN -- Agents who book dive clients, take note: the
Cayman Islands has made it easier than ever to sell the destination
as a dive site.
The 57-member Cayman Islands Watersports Operators Association
recently approved the use of oxygen-enriched air, called
Nitrox is any combination of nitrogen and oxygen; the air that
everyone breathes is 21% oxygen and 79% nitrogen.
However, nitrox mixtures with percentages of oxygen greater than
21% are called Enriched Air Nitrox (EANx).
These mixtures have been used extensively for more than 30 years
by commercial organizations, the military and certain medical
Advanced divers use EANx for cave diving, wreck diving and
More recently, EANx was recognized by national scuba diving
certification agencies as an alternate breathing gas for
The recent CIWOA decision allows use of nitrox by recreational
certified divers or by those who enroll in approved nitrox
certification courses in the Cayman Islands.
In December 1995, CIWOA approved the use of oxygen-enriched air
for a one-year trial period by CIWOA divemasters who had completed
nitrox training courses.
Approximately 24 CIWOA members took part in nitrox training
dives, which resulted in the unanimous support of nitrox as one of
a working divemaster's tools of the trade.
A growing number of dive operations on Grand Cayman now offer
nitrox dives for certified nitrox divers.
Divetech, an operator that specializes in technical diving
services and mixed-gas diving, is located near the Cracked Conch by
the Sea Restaurant, just north of the Turtle Farm on Grand Cayman's
According to Jim Dailey, director, Divetech offers one-day
nitrox certification courses for certified advanced open-water
divers who have logged at least 10 open-water dives.
The course is priced at $220 and includes four hours of
classroom lectures and two dives using EANx.
For further information, call Divetech at (345) 949-1700 or
contact the Web site address at [email protected]