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Discussion in 'New Divers & Those Considering Diving' started by Jody Freitas, Oct 6, 2020.

  1. Jafo19D

    Jafo19D Contributor

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Colombia
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    I didn’t really learn much from my AOW “instruction”. The guy gave me a book told me to read it and said there were no tests. I remember doing some BS navigation refresher, fish ID a narc test and out of six dives doing three deep ones. Had an awesome time though, saw sharks and dolphins. Just don’t remember learning much.
     
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  2. Erich S

    Erich S Contributor

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    Rescue ended up being one of my AOW dives when I had to rescue my instructor who was having a heart attack during the dive.
    I can say that my AOW was a hands on course!
     
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  3. Doctor Rig

    Doctor Rig ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Michigan
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    Lots of good comments!

    All AOW classes are not the same because the instructor makes the class, as you’ve already heard. I got my AOW in March. It setting up my class, I struggled in deciding which specialities to take, in an effort to get the greatest usable value from the coarse.

    Ultimately, I was disappointed with what I got out of my AOW class. On the positive side, yes I got a card and was exposed to a number of specIalities, which had “learning value“. That learning value could also been obtained by Diving, Diving, Diving, as you’ve heard before.

    If one is having a hard time getting in quality dives with experienced divers for those learning experiences, then the AOW class is a good way to go. The AOW class likely gets one those learning experiences more quickly, but at an additional cost.

    Suggestion: Find a good instructor in an environment that exposes you to new dive experiences and ignore the need for a specific certification agency.

    Option: if you have a specific diving learning objective, a dive class may not be the best. Instead pick the brain of a knowledgeable instructor and do a dive or dives with him/her to met your objectives..... no cards earned, but you’ve likely met your objective for less money.
     
  4. Esprise Me

    Esprise Me Kelp forest dweller ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    1,109
    1,460
    Diving with more experienced friends, who enjoy serving as your mentors and paying forward the debt they owe their mentors, is great. But please don't be one of those people who tries to get professionals to work for free.
     
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  5. Jody Freitas

    Jody Freitas Registered

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: 01510
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    Why would you think that I would do that?
     
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  6. Esprise Me

    Esprise Me Kelp forest dweller ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    1,109
    1,460
    I wouldn't. But this comment:
    ...reminded me of people who would. Not that I think that's what Dr. Rig was proposing, but I've seen others here propose exactly that, and I didn't want anyone who might interpret his comment as encouragement to pressure an instructor for a freebie to escape my look of disapproval.
     
  7. Doctor Rig

    Doctor Rig ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Michigan
    307
    98
    The missed point of my comment was hiring an good instructor and usIng that dive time to meet ones learning objectives is another option which can be and is likely cheaper.
     
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  8. Barnaby'sDad

    Barnaby'sDad ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Virginia
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    I didn’t assume that’s what the poster meant either, but as you were getting at...I’ve seen that play out firsthand on a number of occasions. There’s a fine line between receiving assistance from a buddy and expecting something for nothing.
     
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  9. Doctor Rig

    Doctor Rig ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Michigan
    307
    98
    Check out this related Divers Ready video, especially at 4:00!
     
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  10. Jafo19D

    Jafo19D Contributor

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Colombia
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    I've seen that video before, really good.
     

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