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Maximum depth for Open Water diver

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by andy_j_briggs, Aug 31, 2005.

  1. Azza

    Azza Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives:
    Location: New Zealand
    You might want to check out post #65 where I posted the the training standards for teaching JOW divers.

    And no where can I find a standard in the manual that states the OW maximum depth is 18 metres (60ft) outside of training.

    There is a big difference between "Recommended Depth" and "Absolute Maximum Depth". None of my PADI cards have a "Maximum Depth" written on them.

    Mt TDI Extended Range card OTOH states "Extended Range Diving and Decompression Techniques to 180fsw-ffw/55 msw-mfw using compressed air and nitrox/oxygen mixtures"
  2. Brewone0to

    Brewone0to Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Tampa, Florida
    My guess is one of how large is the tank and what be your SAC rate?
  3. BarryNL

    BarryNL Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: London, UK
    Of course, your chances of getting down to 150' and back up to the surface in less than 5 mins and so making it a no-deco dive on tables are pretty slim.
  4. steeldiver

    steeldiver Nassau Grouper

    More important than yor feeing comfortable at depths exceeding your dive qualification limit is your accident,life insurance cover.Many companies will not honour your accident cover if you dive beyond your qualification.Ask the british diver with a 40000,00 pound deco chamber bill. Some Insurance companies have max depths of 30m/100foot,most settle for 39m as the max sport diver limit.However if your ow qualification limits you to 18 m,I'd stick to that depth.
  5. garyfotodiver

    garyfotodiver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Chicago, but dive in FL. Not true anymore, as I di
    Thank you all for some interesting discussion.

    Now for my perspective:

    1. Deeper is not necessarily better. I have spent the last 10 years exploring reefs and wrecks in the 30 - 75 fsw range and I am still not done.

    2. I have taken adult divers with me who turn out to be unqualified to be left in a bathtub, let alone in the ocean at depth. I have watched a number of teen-aged divers, and taken a few, who are comfortable in the water.

    3. If depth is such a critical measure that a difference of 1 or 2 ft. is extremely important, then I must have my depth gage calibrated and certified. It doesn't matter whether it is digital and analog. The conservetivism built into my dive tables or into a computer is not sufficient.

    4. Although I have no peer-reviewed scientific evidence, it appears that an adolescent diver who makes an occasional dive to >60 fsw is unlikely to cause serious permanent bone malformation. It might be different for the teen who spends every possible waking moment at depth. Nevertheless, there is, to my knowledge, no credible scientific evidence.

    5. There is no special "depth limit" for JOW >12 years-old, beyond which you risk confiscation of your c-card. There is a recommended limit for 10-11 year-olds. Does it supercede parental or guardianship responsibility? I think not.

    Now I am donning my steel pot and flak jacket... "Incoming!!"
  6. RonFrank

    RonFrank Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Conifer, CO
    * * * MOD POST * * *
    I have moved the new posts into a new thread. This thread as initially for max depth with an instructor, so I am unclear why the OP did not just start a new thread vs. using a thread that is 5 years old, and off topic to his discussion.

    * * * MOD POST * * *
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2010
  7. Walter

    Walter Instructor, Scuba


    Maybe he didn't want to start a new thread. Why does it matter?
  8. paul madox

    paul madox Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: uk
    All i would like to say is train and train some more, learn more than you need too know because when it goes wrong at depth you ain't got much time. Stay close to your buddy at depth and it's not how deep it's how much fun you have. Stay safe know your limits;don't push it .
  9. Diver Tim

    Diver Tim Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Oahu
    I'm not at all sure why...

    The OP of this thread seemed to misunderstand the nature of recommended depth limits for an OW diver; my question was similar to his, but not identical.

    You could have asked... :)

    I specifically didn't start a new thread because in my experience with other forums throughout the interwebs, starting a new thread with a question that is very similar to one in an existing thread results in a lot of "Did you even TRY the search feature?" replies. I had hoped to make it apparent that I had found this thread, read it in it's entirety (all eight pages), and still had questions. It seemed to me that my question, similar but not identical to this thread's OP, was a natural progression of the discussion.

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