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AOW Question

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

  1. TV Mark

    TV Mark Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Shawnee Mission, Kansas (Kansas City Suburb)
    Adventure Sports in KC was using Deep Diving, Navigation, Night and Limited Visibility, and Boat
    Diving as the four Speciality courses when I got my AOW with SSI. I got Nitrox certified
    before I did my AOW.
  2. Scubapro Marcus

    Scubapro Marcus Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Cincinnati ohio
    What about stress and rescue?
  3. Wolfie

    Wolfie Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Florida
    From what I can figure out it is 4 specialties (no particular order) and 24 dives for AOW. 5 Specialties and 50 dives for Master, One specialty for Master must be stress and rescue. The SSI web site does not do a very good job at explaining what it takes nor any details on the particulars of a specialty, class time dive time etc. It should be more transparent.
  4. tstormdiver

    tstormdiver Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Kentucky
    From having called SSI's training director & asking for clarification, I have found out that the specialties on the AOW card must be diving specialties, meaning that if Nitrox is one of the specialties, OW dives must be preformed, according to standards. Now Nitrox may be taken & a specialty card earned with just going through the classroom portion, but it can not counted as one of the specialties for AOW or Master Diver ratings unless the dives are done. The same is true for the Perfect Buoyancy course. If it is done strictly as a class/ pool session, then, even though a card may be issued, it can not be used towards the AOW or Master Diver rankings. That said, a specialty like Equipment Techniques (classroom only) can not count towards those rankings. From my understanding of reading the standards, the student may choose any (OW Diving) specialties they want, to count towards the AOW & Master Diver (Stress & Rescue &50 logged dives is an additional must on this) rankings.
  5. dpaustex

    dpaustex Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives:
    Location: lost somewhere under the sea....(and central Texas
    Our shop teaches night/limited viz, deep, navigation, and search & recovery, for the 4 specialties.

    It is highly recommended to do stress/rescue somewhere in the program (I suggest all divers take that one).
  6. Stepfre

    Stepfre Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Caloundra Queensland Australia
    The way the SSI system works is after your Open Water Dive Course you would have between 4 - 6 logged dives, do a couple off course dives and then look at doing a couple of specialty diving courses ie Deep, Navigation, Night, or Boat etc. Once you have completed two specialties (all diving specialty courses require the academics and 2 dives except Deep which is 4 dives) and logged 12 dives you are then are certified as a specialty diver, here in Australia if you can produce the 2 certification cards for the specialty courses SSI will issue you a free Specialty Diver Certification card with the 2 specialties printed on the back. Do a few more dives and 2 more specialty courses and when you have logged your 24 dives have it verified by your local SSI dive store and you will be issued your Advanced Open Water diver cert card free of charge ( here in Australia, not sure about the rest of the world). Master SCUBA Diver requires that you be an Advanced Open Water Diver, complete a Stress Rescue Diver course and have logged 50 dives, and then get it verified by the SSI Dive Shop to get the free of charge Master SCUBA Diver cert card. this comes under the recognition through experience motto of SSI and the SSI Total Dive Log System helps you keep track of your progress as you log your dives and do specialty courses.
    SSI's equivalent cert level to PADI,s Advanced Open Water Diver, is the Advanced Adventurer and is conducted in a similar fashion, you get to learn about five different specialties and do one dive for each specialty, these are just to give you a taste so you can make a more informed decision on what specialty courses you would like to pursue.
    However most dive shops recommend the specialty courses that they can easily run in their area. The chances of a dive shop in a tropical location offering the Dry Suit specialty are fairly slim or if the dive shop dives a local wreck frequently you can be sure that Wreck Diver would be on offer. Wildcat Dive in Caloundra Queensland Australia strongly recommends Deep and Navigation and highly recommends Night and Boat. Deep well because its Deep Navigation so you feel more comfortable knowing you can find your way home, Night because you can dive 24hrs a day not restricted to just sun up to sun down and well Boat because your already diving from a boat.

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