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Is it necessary to do the SSI advanced adventurer course?

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by IslandDan2020, Jan 12, 2021.

  1. IslandDan2020

    IslandDan2020 Angel Fish

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    Thanks a lot mate
     
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  2. Belzelbub

    Belzelbub Barracuda

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    In that case, I’d suggest doing Deep, and not AA. AA doesn’t extend the recommended depth limit. Deep does. That should be what you really need for charters, but call before you go as some may insist on “Advanced” though that tells me they really don’t know what they are talking about.

    You actually get more. AA is the same as PADI AOW, and is only an introduction to the specialties. You are better served getting the actual specialties, then the SSI AOW is issued as recognition of completing the specialties.
     
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  3. Angelo Farina

    Angelo Farina Marine Scientist

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    I hate to say this.
    But if what you need is a card with "advanced" written on it, go with a Padi AOW.
    This is what my 2 sons did. In 3 days and 5 dives they got the card... it was quite cheap, too.
    Less than the cost of the 5 dives accounted separately!
    Of course they did not learn much above what they did already know. But now they have the card which in some places is a requirement...
     
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  4. Dave Bevan

    Dave Bevan DIR Practitioner

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    Basically if you want to pay and not learn anything then PADI is the way to go. My recommendation. Take the same money and go for the deep certification. That way you will learn some good new skills and make some exciting experience dives. Then when you have more time and money you can pick some more specialities and work towards an advanced open water that means something.

    Plus sane boat owners shouldn't turn you away if you have 40m certification.
     
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  5. Belzelbub

    Belzelbub Barracuda

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    PADI AOW is the equivalent of SSI Advanced Adventurer. Either will give you the word Advanced, but neither really does anything to really advance your diving knowledge, beyond exposure to a particular type of diving that you may want to pursue later.

    So if the dive op is looking for “Advanced” then either will suffice. But if the dive op doesn’t accept a more appropriate specialty for the type of dive, then they are clueless.

    I could have gotten my AOW card without doing a single deep dive, as there is no requirement to actually do Deep. If that were the case, my SSI recommended depth limit would still be 60’ by today’s recommendations.
     
  6. IslandDan2020

    IslandDan2020 Angel Fish

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    Hello Angelo thank for your reply .. I don't want any titles I just want to be safe and skilled
     
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  7. IslandDan2020

    IslandDan2020 Angel Fish

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    Thanks. That's exactly what I was thinking lately to be honest, I think I will do that :)
     
  8. Angelo Farina

    Angelo Farina Marine Scientist

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    Then do the single specialty courses, choosing the ones better suited to your needs, as others have already pointed out.
    Unfortunately, however, in some places they require that card with "advanced" written on it.
     
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  9. rick00001967

    rick00001967 Tech Instructor

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    this is often a question from new open water divers.
    there may indeed be some shops in the world that will tell you it is "required" for you to have a certain certification to join them on a certain type of dive.
    in my experience however, this has never been the case. simply having your name on an "advanced" diver certification in no way automatically means you are qualified for certain dives.
    i think most divers would find that a shop is more interested in seeing you in the water. if they do not know you, they most likely will want to see what your skill level is before agreeing to take you on a more challenging dive.
     
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  10. IslandDan2020

    IslandDan2020 Angel Fish

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    Thanks Rick
     

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