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Worth pursuing AOW?

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

  1. American Digger In Europe

    American Digger In Europe Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Germany
    I'm positive. SMB deployment is taught in Pool Session # 5 and is executed by the student in OWD # 4.
  2. Barnaby'sDad

    Barnaby'sDad ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Virginia
    I had to do it for my NAUI OW too.
  3. Jcp2

    Jcp2 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    We deployed SMB on surface for OW, DSMB later.
  4. Orestis82

    Orestis82 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Denmark
    Ok now I’m kind of bummed because otherwise my instructor was very effective and methodical in other areas. Shame to realize he skipped over entire parts of the course.

    I need to buy a compass and DSMB anyway, so I guess that’s YouTube and asking around for me...
  5. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle
    How long ago was your course? The SSI standards are downloadable. See the attached cue cards for OW. I have no idea when/if this changed for SSI. My history with SSI doesn't go way back. Possibly others can chime in.

    Attached Files:

  6. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle
    Maybe talk to an SDI/NAUI instructor for an augmented navigation course. I say those agencies as they allow instructors to add skills to their courses. Find someone who does so with challenges that appeal to you.
  7. jonhall

    jonhall Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Indianapolis
    Way back, so far back it's hard to recall, in my OW course, we didn't do anything related to SMB or DSMB, nothing academic or in a checkout dive - not even in the index to my OW manual. Can't remember doing anything with a compass either academic or in pool work. Although a requirement on one of the checkout dives was swimming 50 yds on the surface, I don't remember doing that either.

    So when I did AOW a few years ago, a SMB was in the packet of materials but we didn't use it. To this day, I have never inflated one while diving. I did inflate it on land. With the compass, I taught some orienteering with middle school students so had no problem reading the compass - it was all about keeping my compass level when using it while diving.

    Whether you got the instruction or not, your right - there are ways to figure it out.
  8. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    With PADI there was no SMB practice in 2005 when I took OW, but basic compass stuff. In 2015 or so SMB was added to OW.
    I don't recall any SMB taking PADI AOW in '06 either during the 5 dives. Though we did a lot with lift bags during the S & R dive.
    They're always changing stuff anyway.
    During the PADI Deep course in '07 I was at 120' diving wet in 33F water (late May) and had to inflate my sausage...….
  9. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle
    I believe the change occurred around 2013. I could be off by a year or two.

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