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Tec/Rec DSAT Gas Blender Manual

Many divers have asked how EnviroDive ended up writing the PADI/DSAT Gas Blenders Manual.

Years before PADI began offering gas blending courses through DSAT, they recognized the need for this type of training. PADI was initially very cautious about entering the Enriched Air Nitrox field. Starting with a basic Nitrox course, they found that the missing ingredient was not so much "how to dive the gas mix" but "how to get the gas mix".

In 1997, EnviroDive was approached by PADI about offering our gas blending program at DEMA exclusively for PADI scuba dive shops and instructors. The initial success of these gas blending courses resulted in them being offered at subsequent dive shows. Each year, the attendance increased until we were offering a gas blender course before DEMA as well as a gas blender instructor course following the trade show. To accommodate the overflow students, we often had to deliver evening courses during DEMA.

From a business point of view, our relationship with PADI could not have been better. We had done our homework and developed what many considered to be the best gas blender training available. By aligning ourselves with PADI, we benefited from their reputation, advertising and support. What PADI received from us was a quality course that met their standards and an opportunity to offer gas blender training to their dive shop operators and instructors immediately without having to wait for the development of their own course.

With the continued success of the EnviroDive gas blender program, PADI/DSAT decided that it was time for them to have their own gas blender course. Instead of re-inventing the wheel, it was decided to contract EnviroDive to develop the Gas Blender program. The end result is the DSAT Gas Blender Manual.

On behalf of EnviroDive, I sincerely hope that the PADI/DSAT Gas Blender program fulfills your gas mixing needs.

Bart Bjorkman

DSAT - Diving Science and Technology is PADI's technical diving division

DEMA - Diving Equipment Manufacturing Association - the largest diving trade show in the world


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