AOWD now or wait?

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asked Mar 28, 2018 in Scuba Diving by frontbeast (2,220 points)
Trying to figure out when the time is right. I what it. But not sure if im ready yet. But People tell me that it is more a" get experience "certificate than an status card. What do you think?

2 Answers

+1 vote
answered Mar 28, 2018 by George1224 (5,147 points)
In AOW you will be introduced to 5 specialty areas of diving. Two of them are required for certification. One if them is a deep dive, minimum 60 ft.The other is Navigation (compass) . You will learn some search paterns and distance covered by counting kick cycles. The other 3 are chosen by you with your instructors guidance. You dont say how long you have been diving.

You will find that without your AOW course some dive operations will limit your dive opportunities. Most wrecks are deeper than 60 ft and require an AOW to dive them. Hope you have fun and continue your dive education.
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answered Apr 3, 2018 by VADiver (940 points)
There is no reason to wait to complete your AOW certification.

Your open water course teaches you the basic skills that you need to know to safely dive. Your AOW course builds on this and focuses on 5 specific types of diving. Two segments of your course will focus on the planning considerations for deep diving (deeper than 60 feet) and for navigating underwater. The other three modules are geared toward your specific interests and may encompass peak buoyancy, wreck diving, search&recovery, altitude diving, fish ID, underwater imaging, etc. Each will help you broaden your diving knowledge and make you more comfortable in the water. The advanced course focuses on the pre-dive briefing and de-brief as well as gaining new experiences in a controlled environment with an instructor (it is far less focused on conducting “skills” than your open water course).

Gaining experience through diving is also important to being comfortable in the water. The key difference is diving within your training and experience - the AOW course provides a controlled environment for you to expand your diving training and experience.
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