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PADI AOW vs SSI deep diver qualifications

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by 60plus, Sep 11, 2018.

  1. 60plus

    60plus Barracuda

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    A dive centre I will be diving with shortly has suggested that I might find the SSI deep diver a better qualification than PADI AOW. An advantage I can see is that SSI deep qualifies to 40m whereas AOW is 30m. I am fairly familiar with AOW but not at all with SSI deep diver. Anyone any info or comment on the SSI qualification?
     
  2. giffenk

    giffenk Great White

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    What do you mean by "qualify"? i.e. what part of your life do you think would be different after taking one course over the other?

    These are simply different training courses. Neither is a diving license. There is nothing magic about 30m vs 40m. The industry recognized depth for recreational diving is 40m.

    There is no scuba police, but dive operators can make up any rules they want.
     
  3. Magnus Lundstedt

    Magnus Lundstedt Divemaster

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    Padi AOW is equal to SSI AA

    The deep diver speciality is nice, It allows you to go to 40 meters as you say. But the SSI AA or Padi AOW includes other qualifications than depth, like night diving and navigation. But it also depends on where you are diving, how many divesites is deeper than 30 meters? I have done most dives in tropical settings where most sites are down to 30 meters, but visibility often decline when going deeper than 25, temperature drops, and airconsumption and NDL tends to give you a lot more divetime around 10-20 meters then i does below 30 meters. But if you dive more where the interesting stuff is down below 30 meters it is preferable.

    I first got the SSI AA then the deep speciality.
     
  4. giffenk

    giffenk Great White

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    PADI OW allows you to go to 40m.
     
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  5. Magnus Lundstedt

    Magnus Lundstedt Divemaster

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    My experience from dive operators is that most are restrictive to take you to dives you not are certified for.
     
  6. Magnus Lundstedt

    Magnus Lundstedt Divemaster

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    PADI OW allows you to go to 100000 meter, but I have not yet seen any dive operator that take divers with OW cert deeper than 18 meters. ...
     
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  7. giffenk

    giffenk Great White

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    As I said, various dive ops are free to make up any rules they wish.

    The majority of dive operations are quite happy to take any certified diver down to the accepted industry depth limit of 40m. I have never encountered any dive op with any other restriction.
     
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  8. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I guess you've not dived the wrecks in Florida.
     
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  9. giffenk

    giffenk Great White

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    Correct. As I indicated, dive ops are allowed to make up any rules they wish.
     
  10. Magnus Lundstedt

    Magnus Lundstedt Divemaster

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    It may be regional differences, on the places i dived with operators (SEA) all operators i dived with have been restrictive to not take customers on dives they not have certification for. Maybe it can be a way of making a extra buck to sell a speciality cource, or liability dessitions.
     

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