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AOW Question

Discussion in 'SSI: Scuba Schools International' started by al248005, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. al248005

    al248005 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Bridgeport, Ohio
    For the AOW cert card is there any mandatory specialties the must be completed for the card. I know you have to complete 4 but are there any required specialties. I'm thinking about taking Deep, Nav and I haven't decided on the last two yet.
  2. theduckguru

    theduckguru Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: USA
    You'll want #3 as nitrox.
  3. lsorenson

    lsorenson Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Carolina
    I am pretty sure you have to complete 5 specialties for your AOW... I believe Deep and Nav are required. As duck pointed out, nitrox is a good one to check off followed by Night and Boat should give you a good base...

    Night is pretty sweet and Boat is pretty trivial but knowing how to get out of and back in the boat during rough seas is something you would want to know if you ever plan to get out of the quarry or lakes...

    PADI loves there money but these would be the 5 I would start with and in fact, I believe its what I did myself...!

    Enjoy, lee
  4. scwdive

    scwdive Angel Fish

    # of Dives:
    Location: SF Bay Area, CA
    Quoted from 2011 SSI Standards:

    Training Requirements: In order to receive an
    Advanced Open Water Diver rating or Junior Advanced
    Open Water Diver rating, students are to successfully
    complete any 4 Specialty programs and log a total of at
    least 24 open water dives for certification.

    You can choose the specialties you are most interested in, the individual specialties will be listed on your advanced card. If your dive count is below 24 at the end of the course, your instructor will hold your certification until you complete your 24th dive. Have fun. Night Diving is a favorite course of mine, search and recovery, Digital Photography, and Drysuit are also great classes...

    Hope this helps
  5. WetBoy101

    WetBoy101 Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Waikoloa, Hawaii
    You have to complete "5"... Deep Dive and Navigation are required. Night used to be one of the required dives, but because of places like Iceland where they don't have night per se, PADI dropped that as one of the required dives.
  6. Dr Wu

    Dr Wu Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: The State Department adds pages to my Passport abo
    As long as two of them are "deep" and "navigation".

    Not that you will probably learn to go "deep" nor "navigate".

    But they are required for the card.
  7. DevonDiver

    DevonDiver N/A

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Subic Bay, Philippines
    I think some of you haven't noticed that this question is posted in the SSI area... and have mistakenly answered in confusion that it was a PADI question.... :shakehead:

    scwdive quotes the latest SSI standards...
  8. lsorenson

    lsorenson Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Carolina
    Thanks Andy... I got that feeling after reading scwdive reply... (egg on face)

    al248005, sorry about the confusion and lesson learned on my part...! When looking at new post, never assume... scwdive, thanks for the correction!!!

  9. WetBoy101

    WetBoy101 Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Waikoloa, Hawaii
    DevonDiver - Right once again! :blush:
  10. blue steal

    blue steal Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Southern California/Redondo Beach area
    I did the AOW with SSI last year. Did deep, night, wreck, and navigation.
    I really enjoyed the night and navigation courses. Felt I learned a lot in those two.

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