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Ssi advanced open water vs

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

  1. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: NorCal
    I've been doing some reading, and although it's hard to peice a picture of the course standards are, it seems one can receive a SSI AOW without taking Underwater Navigation or Deep. This makes me wonder if it meets the requirements for for "advanced" dives from a dive op.

    It isn't like taking five specialties, including Nav and Deep, and having the first dive of each meeting the qualifications for AOW (AA) after the fact. For SSI AOW one could choose Equipment Techniques, Shark Diving, Boat Diving, and Nitrox according to one SSI shop.

    Of course, it's all about the name. I would however, be interested what would happen in the case of an accident on a deep dive if the dive operation's insurance found the diver had an AOW card but a reccomended limit of 60'.

    I'm sure some one will correct me if I'm wrong.

  2. Beau M

    Beau M Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Madison WI
    I agree, Bob. I read the standards the same way that you do. Take it even farther and consider that the SSI AOW diver that you described could then make 26 more dives and take Stress and Rescue would earn the rank of Master Scuba Diver.

  3. yle

    yle Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Southern California
    Actually... Junior divers can get AOW. PADI has a Juinor AOW cert. The Deep Dive has to be deeper than 60 feet; Junior divers 12 to 14 yrs old are allowed (by PADI standards) to a max of 70 feet.

    My 14 year old niece completed her Junior AOW this past summer in Key Largo with a deep dive to 70 feet. Ironically, she had already completed several ~100 ft dives in the Caribbean over the previous couple years. Standards are a little different down there.
  4. MichaelMc

    MichaelMc Working toward Cenotes ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Berkeley, CA
    My SSI AOW card had spots for the instructor to write the specific classes taken. Not sure if that is still the case. A boat could insist on deep being among them.
  5. Joseph Shin

    Joseph Shin Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Los Angeles
    Hi guys,
    Found this thread and was hoping someone could help.
    Am SSI Advanced Adventurer but there are not alot of SSI shops, or sometimes my preferred shop would be PADI. Would dives taken as Advanced Adventurer count towards a PADI Specialty? For example, could my SSI Deep Dive count towards a PADI Deep dive for Specialty?
    Thanks for your time..
  6. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Boulder, CO
    They would not.
  7. andrew sham

    andrew sham Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: houston,tx
    I was told the same thing. I specifically said to a few PADI instructors that I would rather skip advance open water and just do the Deep certification class. I was told I couldn't take the certification class until I took AOW.
    rick00001967 likes this.
  8. Joseph Shin

    Joseph Shin Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Los Angeles
  9. Dzydvl33

    Dzydvl33 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Fresno, CA.
  10. Edward3c

    Edward3c Instructor, Scuba


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