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AOW courses to take?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by thebird36, May 4, 2013.

  1. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    I recently did a S & R dive with one fin to search for the one I dropped. I didn't use the expanding square, U pattern, or circular. I used the Zig Zag from 10' depth to 3'. This is my invention. It worked. Then I got to shore to find someone had taken my dive flag from where I left it on the beach. S & R on land/tank on back, followed.
  2. thebird36

    thebird36 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Niagara Falls, N.Y.
    I can always ask the dive shop what they recommend as well. After my advanced cert. I was thinking of taking a dive down to some of the wrecks before I left. I only have 4 days to dive.
  3. t4e

    t4e Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Burlington Ontario
    thank you kari, that actually sounds interesting

    we did go from confined water to boat diving and the briefing covered pretty much all the rules, subsequently on all other places we've been the briefings did the same
    we did all the entries during the course so that was no surprise
    the fact that you should be considerate of fellow divers and keep your gear under your seat, i thought was common sense
    not sure what else there is to learn in a whole course
  4. al248005

    al248005 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Bridgeport, Ohio
    Just remember to take what is beneficial to you for the type of diving you will be doing. Just don't let a shop talk you into a course you hardly will use except on vacation.
  5. rameus

    rameus Dive Travel Professional

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    hey Paul!
    when i did my AOW we had the "fixed" schedule: Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy and Navigation. at that time I didn't know what these dives would help or why we did them but i have to say this was quite a good choice.

    PPB: definitely i would do the PPB because this is one of the most important skills for all your dives to come.
    Navigation: it gives you an impression what to be aware of also when you want to continue your training and raise your awareness.
    Night: You will find the "normal" divespots in a completely different state once you see it at night.

    All the others may count towards a speciality training but will most likely not give you a huge benefit at the time.

  6. thebird36

    thebird36 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Niagara Falls, N.Y.
    I just signed up and I'm taking deep, nav, night, ppb, and search and recovery the only other thing I would take is wreck diving, but I was thinking, do I need to be certified or take a class on wrecks to be able to see them and explore them?
  7. nimoh

    nimoh Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Rochester, MN
    you don't need to be certified to dive a wreck. However, you should be certified before going inside the wreck.
  8. BDSC

    BDSC Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Wake Forest, NC
    Not necessarily. I can tell you many of us here in NC have been diving wrecks for years and never took a wreck diving course. I know a lot of wrecks in the Caribbean have been sunk to be a dive site. On many of those they remove doors that could close on you and they have lots of openings to swim in and out around the wreck. Most of the time even if you swim into the wreck you will have no problem seeing a way out. Now if you are going to dive the Andrea Doria that's an entirely different beast. Honestly, common sense and good judgement is usually all you need.
  9. tplyons

    tplyons Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: East Stroudsburg, PA
    Deep and navigation are required. The three electives I took were peak performance buoyancy, night dive, and search and recovery.

    But any of the three according to your interests are a good place to start. If you know you're going to take a specialty (like I'll get photography this year) I wouldn't bother with doing it as part of AOW. If you're on the fence on one, like I was about S&R, I highly recommend it. I'll take S&R eventually, because of my work with it during my AOW.
  10. thebird36

    thebird36 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Niagara Falls, N.Y.
    Well I'm now AOW certified! I ended up with PPB, navigation, deep dive, search and recovery, and wreck. I signed up for night dive, but due to conditions I wasn't able to do the night dive and the next night dive is after I leave Key Largo, so wreck diving is what replaced it.

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