37Compressor Handling and Nitrox Installations covers a subject that is considered required knowledge for divers at higher certification levels. Compressors (and the attached Nitrox Installation) can be considered the heart of any diving operation. If the compressor does not work, no more dives can be made.

If you do not operate a compressor yourself, then knowledge about the subject will allow you to improve the safety of diving activities. Pure air and correct Nitrox mixtures are important for safety. Knowledge of the equipment that is used to fill diving cylinders provides the understanding that is needed to identify signs that indicate possible problems during the filling process. In addition to safety considerations, the subject is simply interesting.

To aid the understanding of the working principles, certain repair and adjustment procedures for compressors will be covered in the course. This is NOT done with the intent to train you for maintenance and repair of compressors. All after sales service and repairs to compressors, as well as Nitrox installations, must be done by a factory trained repair technician. Only these people have the proper tools and spare parts available, are aware of recent spare part changes and recalls and have the handbooks and protocols available for the individual components of the system. Unauthorized manipulations to compressors and Nitrox installations can result in a loss of warranty and can transfer the factory liability to the person who manipulated the equipment.

Simply reading a book will not allow you to develop a complete understanding of the subject. During your course your instructor will help you to understand all aspects covered in this book and will show you practical examples of the items discussed.

The minimum age to participate in this course is 18. Normally this course is meant for divers of a higher certification level, but it is allowed that even non-divers participate. This is because the actual filling of diving cylinders is often done be staff of a dive centre who are not themselves divers. The course can be completed in a day, but most prefer a two day schedule.

You start your course by downloading the book and reading it. If you prefer to read your book on paper, then ask your instructor. The price for the paper version of this book is €24.90. If you cannot find a SCUBA C&P instructor in your area, then please contact us via info@scuba-courses.com