The PADI RDP (Recreational Dive Planner) dive table is a tool used by scuba divers to plan their dives. It helps divers to determine how long they can safely stay at a particular depth without exceeding their no-decompression limits. The table is based on the concept of nitrogen narcosis, which is a condition that can occur when divers breathe compressed air at depth. Nitrogen narcosis can cause symptoms such as dizziness, euphoria, and difficu

The PADI RDP dive table is divided into three sections:

  • The first section is the “no-decompression limits” table. This table shows the maximum amount of time a diver can spend at a particular depth without exceeding their no-decompression limits.
  • The second section is the “repetitive dive planning” table. This table shows the maximum amount of time a diver can spend at a particular depth after a previous dive.
  • The third section is the “ascent rate” table. This table shows the maximum rate at which a diver can ascend to the surface without exceeding their no-decompression limits.

To use the PADI RDP dive table, divers first need to determine their maximum depth and bottom time. They can then use the table to determine their no-decompression limits and ascent rate.

It is important to note that the PADI RDP dive table is only a guide. Divers should always consult with a qualified dive professional before planning a dive.

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PADI Nitrox 32 and 36: A Detailed Comparison

PADI Nitrox 32 and 36 are two popular choices for enriched air diving, offering distinct benefits and drawbacks. Here’s a breakdown to help you understand their differences:

Oxygen Content:

  • Nitrox 32: 32% oxygen, 68% nitrogen
  • Nitrox 36: 36% oxygen, 64% nitrogen


Nitrox 32:

  • Longer bottom times: Compared to air, you can stay underwater longer at shallower depths.
  • Reduced surface intervals: Enables you to spend more time diving overall.
  • Lower risk of DCS: Improved nitrogen off-gassing reduces the chance of decompression sickness.
  • Increased safety: Longer bottom times and shorter intervals contribute to a safer experience.

Nitrox 36:

  • Even longer bottom times: Offers extended dives compared to both air and nitrox 32.
  • More efficient nitrogen off-gassing: Further reduces DCS risk.
  • Potential for deeper dives: Enables exploration of deeper reefs and wrecks within safe limits.


Nitrox 32:

  • Limited depth range: Compared to nitrox 36, you have to ascend earlier at deeper depths.
  • Oxygen toxicity risk: Requires closer monitoring of oxygen exposure to avoid potential health issues.

Nitrox 36:

  • Increased oxygen toxicity risk: Greater oxygen content demands stricter adherence to oxygen limits.
  • More conservative depth limitations: Despite deeper potential, stricter adherence to no-decompression limits is crucial.
  • Limited availability: Some dive centers might not offer nitrox 36 fills.

Choosing between Nitrox 32 and 36:

The best choice for you depends on your diving preferences and experience. Here are some factors to consider:

  • Diving depth: If you primarily dive shallower than 25 meters (80 feet), nitrox 32 offers a good balance of benefits and limitations. For deeper dives exceeding 25 meters, nitrox 36 might be more advantageous.
  • Dive experience: If you’re a new nitrox diver, starting with nitrox 32 is recommended to gain experience and ensure safe oxygen exposure management. As you gain confidence, you can progress to nitrox 36.
  • Personal preferences: Consider your individual comfort level and risk tolerance. If you prioritize longer bottom times and deeper dives, nitrox 36 might be more appealing. However, if you prefer a more conservative approach with lower oxygen exposure, nitrox 32 is a good choice.


  • Always complete the PADI Enriched Air Diver specialty course or equivalent before using Nitrox.
  • Use a nitrox-compatible dive computer or oxygen analyzer for accurate gas monitoring.
  • Follow safe diving practices and adhere to no-decompression limits.
  • Consult with a qualified dive professional for personalized advice based on your diving profile.

By understanding the differences between PADI Nitrox 32 and 36, you can make informed decisions about your enriched air diving experiences and enjoy exploring the underwater world safely and effectively.

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The Maximum Operating Depth (MOD) for Nitrox diving can be calculated using different formulas, depending on the specific set of factors you want to consider. Here are two common formulas:

1. MOD Based on Partial Pressure of Oxygen (ppO2):

This formula sets a maximum oxygen partial pressure limit of 1.4 bar (140 kPa) to prevent oxygen toxicity.

MOD = (1.4 bar - (0.5 * Dive Depth)) / Oxygen Content (% / 100)

2. MOD Based on No-Decompression Limits (NDL):

This formula uses the NDL for air and adjusts it based on the oxygen content of the Nitrox blend.

MOD = (NDL for Air * Oxygen Content (% / 21)) / 100


  • MOD: Maximum Operating Depth in meters
  • Dive Depth: Planned diving depth in meters
  • Oxygen Content: Oxygen percentage in the Nitrox blend
  • NDL for Air: No-decompression limit for air at the planned depth, obtained from dive tables or a dive computer


Calculate the MOD for a dive using Nitrox 32 at a depth of 20 meters:

Method 1:

  • ppO2 limit = 1.4 bar
  • Dive Depth = 20 meters
  • Oxygen Content = 32%
MOD = (1.4 bar - (0.5 * 20 meters)) / (32% / 100)
MOD = (1.4 bar - 10 meters) / 0.32
MOD ≈ 34.38 meters

Therefore, the maximum operating depth using Nitrox 32 at 20 meters is approximately 34.38 meters.

Method 2:

  • NDL for Air at 20 meters = 40 minutes (obtained from dive tables or a dive computer)
  • Oxygen Content = 32%
MOD = (40 minutes * 32% / 21) / 100
MOD ≈ 61.54 meters

This method provides a deeper MOD compared to the first method. However, it’s crucial to remember that exceeding the NDL can increase the risk of decompression sickness.

Important notes:

  • These formulas are for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for proper dive planning and training.
  • Always use a dive computer or Nitrox tables to calculate MOD and NDL accurately.
  • Consult with a qualified dive professional for personalized guidance on safe diving practices.
  • Remember, safety is paramount in diving. Always prioritize conservative dive profiles and adhere to all safety protocols.