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Worth pursuing AOW?

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by Orestis82, Aug 20, 2019.

  1. happy-diver

    happy-diver Skindiver Just feelin it ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    This is great, and at the deeper end of recreational depths
    I'm far happier and far less tingly if I follow a square profile



    THE FIVE WAYPOINTS AND SIMPLE ASCENT BEHAVIOR

    This must be incorporated into learning sooner
    welded in your head there it is computer or not

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  2. Rogerdiv

    Rogerdiv Angel Fish

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    I had almost 100 logged dives before I did the AOW class. I did it with a group of friend with my local shop, but we did it at UNEXSO in Freeport and I was a fun class, so I say get lot's of practice, then do it...
     
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  3. DeepSeaExplorer

    DeepSeaExplorer Solo Diver

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    I think you’re looking at an air table, rather than Nitrox.
     
  4. Foothills

    Foothills Angel Fish

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    You are correct, I was looking at (actually remembering, and not looking at, which is why I did not catch my error myself) an air table, not an EAN table. That was just a lesson relearned about relying on memory.
     
  5. AfterDark

    AfterDark Solo Diver

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    Take a look at the link I posted the USN tables appear to combine both.
     
  6. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    AOW is not connected to nitrox cert,. AOW, 5 dives over 2 days will allow you to bypass the qualification for deeper/ advanced dives for many operators, more than worth the trouble.
     
  7. Orestis82

    Orestis82 Angel Fish

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    Unfortunately not, there was a passing explanation by the instructor and I think I read about it in the SSI manual - but I don’t think I even saw a compass during OW.

    Thanks for the offer - my choice will be largely dictated by vacation destination, which right now probably looks like Amorgos. I did a DSD before my OW with them, and I at least know they are friendly and professional.

    Unfortunately, as I found in two tourist places in Greece, the instructors come and go - and you don’t even know who is going to teach you until you show up the first day.
     
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  8. Orestis82

    Orestis82 Angel Fish

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    Also, while I really appreciated the diagram and article with the five stages , could you move the argument about Nitrox and DCS somewhere else?
     
  9. AfterDark

    AfterDark Solo Diver

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    Don't be upset consider it a learning experience. Sooner or later you're going to come to the nitrox path, when you do you won't need to ask questions. It seems to me you've got the AOW part figured out and have a plan. Good luck
     
  10. DeepSeaExplorer

    DeepSeaExplorer Solo Diver

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    One more comment that is AOW related.

    I wouldn’t recommend USN tables for dive planning. The ones online are dated and the 60ft table in particular is aggressive.

    Those tables were designed for maximum performance during goal-oriented military diving with surface support, rather than cruising the reef for lobster.
     

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