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Do you need PADI AOW for the "Simply the Best" tour(Brothers, Elphinstone, Daedalus)?

Discussion in 'Red Sea' started by occrider, Mar 9, 2007.

  1. occrider

    occrider Nassau Grouper

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    I have more than 50 dives, but I keep hearing rumors that you need a PADI AOW or an equivalent. Can anyone confirm one way or another? I would rather not have to deal with the formalities of PADI training when I know I'm well qualified to handle strong currents. (Dove in Galapagos and Cozzy).
     
  2. drew52

    drew52 Instructor, Scuba

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    Why not ask the people you are planning the trip with? They will know definately know the answer?
     
  3. Divingdon

    Divingdon Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Sharm el Sheikh, Red Sea
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  4. Red Sea Shadow

    Red Sea Shadow Scuba Media & Publications

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    The rules state that you should be AOW certified and have 50+ dives. However, ask the trip operator.
     
  5. DesertEagle

    DesertEagle Manta Ray

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    I dived Elphinstone with 50+ logged dives and regular certification. That was 6 years ago with Pioneer Divers. Nobody asked me for advanced certification. Today I'm at about 200 dives. I've still never taken the advanced course.
     
  6. JellyKing

    JellyKing Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Cape Town, South Africa
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    On the same subject, just how strong are the currents, anyway? I've done drifts in Mozambique and Sodwana Bay, and am also looking at doing the 'Simply the Best' tour around mid-June. I'm always a bit wary of people saying conditions are rough. I prefer absolute measures.
     
  7. Red Sea Shadow

    Red Sea Shadow Scuba Media & Publications

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    It depends on sea conditions. At the Brothers currents could go 5 knots.
     
  8. Christian

    Christian Manta Ray

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    The big difference in the Red Sea compared too S.A. dive standards, is that you usually dive on your own with a buddy. No guide with a boy line. On the other hand orientation is usually easier, beacuse you normally have reefs that reach all the way to the surface. But most operators can arrange guided dives if asked for.
    Conditions vary a lot on a place like Brothers. And that's what can make it deceptive. It can go from flat seas an no current to 1-2 metre waves and strong current pretty fast.

    Mid june is normally tops regarding conditions. I'll be there in mid june :)

    /christian
     
  9. JellyKing

    JellyKing Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Cape Town, South Africa
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    Wow. I concede that 5 knots is strong. I'll be diving off a liveaboard, so I expect all dives to be led.
     
  10. Christian

    Christian Manta Ray

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    It is possible, but not that common to have mask ripping currents. But every now and then you'd get a stiff 2-3 knot current on Brothers and Elphinstone. Another thing I forgot to mention that differs from S.A./Moz reefs is down current, which is common on e.g. Little Brother where the current hits the reef - it's called the Fan Coral garden.
    Diving on Brothers is always liveaboard, as it is to far from shore to reach with day boats. But it's not nessecerily always dives led by a DM. It depends on how the staffing situation is on the boat, how many dive groups and what the guests ask for. I'm sure you can be in a led group if you wish to be.

    /christian
     

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