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Ssi advanced open water vs

Discussion in 'SSI: Scuba Schools International' started by kasper wendelboe, Oct 15, 2018.

  1. kasper wendelboe

    kasper wendelboe Angel Fish

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    Not the advanced adventure wich i guess is the same as padi advanced owd. But the one you get for 4 full courses.. What is that the same as? Padi People confuse me when i try to tell them. Including a deep course. Is the advanced ssi not the same as a advanced both padi and ssi?
     
  2. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

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    There is no equivalent PADI course. The way I would explain it, is that SSI Advanced Open Water would be like the specialty requirement for PADI's Master Suba Diver. With the addition of Stress and Rescue and 50 dives you will be an SSI Master Diver.


    Bob
     
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  3. jlcnuke

    jlcnuke Solo Diver

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    There is no equivalent from PADI. SSI adventure diver matches up to PADI AOW (trying out 5 specialties). SSI Master Diver and PADI Master Scuba Diver are also pretty much equivalent (both needing 5 specialties, 50 dives, and their respective rescue certifications). SSI has the "in-between" SSI Advanced Open Water while PADI has no designation for people completing 4 specialties to correspond to it.
     
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  4. rick00001967

    rick00001967 Tech Instructor

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    good explanations above.
    another difference is that padi "requires" you to take the padi advanced diver course to move forward in their training program. ssi does not require you to complete the adventurer course (which is the equivalent to padi adv ow).
    remember.....the ssi specialty, adv, and master diver levels are "recognition" levels. they are not courses.
     
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  5. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

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    Some shops may work it that way, but the actual PADI requirements for courses do not require you to have AOW to become a Rescue diver. It probably is easier and perhaps cheaper to take AOW rather than avoid that cert., as it would be to take SSI AA instead of their AOW.


    Bob
     
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  6. rick00001967

    rick00001967 Tech Instructor

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    very interesting
    then i apologize to the op for a misleading response.
    i must have been "mislead" myself. i was told by more than one padi shop that the advanced open water course was a prerequisite to move further. i hold the padi adv diver cert. this was a number of years ago. maybe the standards have changed ? or maybe i was just mislead unintentionally
    thx for clarifying bob
     
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  7. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    For all practical purposes, the AOW is indeed required for PADI Rescue Diver.

    Here are the prerequisites from the instructor Manual:

    Diver Prerequisites
    • 12 years old
    Note: 12-14 year old divers may earn Junior Rescue Diver certifications
    • PADI (Junior) Adventure Diver certification – must
    have completed the Underwater Navigation
    Adventure Dive
    • PADI Open Water Divers may participate in Knowledge
    Development and Rescue Exercises in confined water
    • EFR® Primary and Secondary Care training within 24
    months. Training may be completed along with rescue
    diver course.​
    So you only need the Adventure Diver certification, which is a certification almost no one gets. It is primarily there because junior divers cannot get AOW because they cannot do the deep dive.
     
  8. kasper wendelboe

    kasper wendelboe Angel Fish

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    So the padi aowd and the ssi advanced adventurer. Is the same.... Try 5 different courses. Usually deep, navigation night dive... And 2 more that the dive shop determines. Right?
     
  9. jlcnuke

    jlcnuke Solo Diver

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    Pretty much. Deep and underwater nav are required for AOW, night dive isn't a required one for PADI AOW though.
     
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  10. kasper wendelboe

    kasper wendelboe Angel Fish

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    Great, thank you all
     

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