PADI Gas Blender
With the number of technical divers is on the rise, it means that lots of scuba divers want enriched air and gas blends. This has led to increased demands for enriched air & trimix blenders, and is why the PADI Gas Blender course is becoming one of the most popular specialty courses.
The Tec Gas Blender course teaches you to blend enriched air nitrox and helium-blend gases using one or more blending methods. Being the blender is a key job at a busy PADI Dive Centre or Resort and your work allows other divers to do what they love to do – scuba dive.
What will I do?
The Gas Blender course will train you as a qualified nitrox trimix blender, also known as gas blenders, allowing you to provide gas mixes to appropriately certified consumers.
The course includes three practical application sessions, but no dives. During independent study and instructor-led review, you learn:
• About the advantages and disadvantages of different blending methodologies.
• To blend enriched air and trimix blends to within one percent of the target mix.
• About the potential hazards related to handling oxygen, and how to manage those risks.
• To demonstrate the steps for oxygen cleaning equipment, along with the requirements for oxygen service.
What are the prerequisites for this course?
If you’re a PADI Enriched Air Diver PADI and are at least 18 years old, you can enroll in a Tec Gas Blender course.
Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organizations may apply – ask your Tec Gas Blender Instructor.
How do I start?
What is oxygen and what are the four types of oxygen and the methods used for blending Enriched Air & Trimix? These questions and more are covered in the Gas Blender manual. As a gas blender you must be familiar with the physical properties of oxygen, its various forms and purities, hazards and special handling requirements. The Gas Blender Manual and CD-ROM, in conjunction with your instructor, will familiarize you with the procedures and techniques needed for gas blending.