Brett WoodsParticipantFebruary 18, 2016 at 8:33 amPost count: 10
how quickly should i do aow, is it needed, seems its just some fun dives for another card, allows me to go deeper but there is no scuba police lolhsinhaiParticipantFebruary 19, 2016 at 1:01 pmPost count: 77
Whilst you could likely learn as much getting some dives under your belt with a good buddy, depending on the instructor AOW (Advanced Open Water Diver) does carry some value.
First thing is many places will not let you go on certain dives without the AOW cert, especially boat dives if the site allows you to go deeper that 18m, so for that alone it it worthwhile.
If you don’t have any diver friends, many also use it as a way to get some more dives under their weight belt. I mean if you are paying for gear rental and guided dives why not get a cert along with it. If you have the ability to dive cheaply with friends, then I would say get 10~20dives under your weight belt first, so you can get comfortable and maybe learn something valuable during the AOW course. Remember also it is not an advanced course, rather it is designed to ADVANCE your diving skills.. lol
The rest really depends on the instructor teaching it. If it is taken more like 5 fun dives then you won’t really gain anything much, except for the shiny new card and a little more experience.
A good instructor will teach you, and you will come away with some new knowledge. Core dive skills are Deep Dive and Navigation Dive, then you sometimes get to choose three other skills from Night Dive, Boat Dive, Drift Dive, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Underwater Naturalist, Wreck Diver, Underwater Photographer, or fish ID. You may actually combine skills too, like a deep dive off a boat. Personally I would skip naturalist, fish ID and photographer.
Deep dive; will give you experience of going deeper (though make sure they don’t just take you to 19m) to learn the physiological effects.
Night dive; again don’t miss this, good experience in low/no visibility, and such an awesome way to dive. Makes you much more aware.
PPB (Peak Performance Buoyancy); again a good instructor should be able to work with you on your position in the water (horizontal), and get your buoyancy better, control of your breathing, if you don’t shed a couple kg of weight you were short changed.
Boat dive; If you learned OW doing shore entry dives, getting a couple boat dives while under instruction is really great to help build up your confidence and know how to approach you boat, float an SMB, etc.
Long and short of it, AOW does carry some benefits, and is the next step up the ladder.hsinhaiParticipantFebruary 19, 2016 at 1:04 pmPost count: 77
Ohh, regarding how quickly..
It really depends on your circumstance. If you can fairly easily do some diving with friends, then I would say get a few more dives first. If you have no opportunity for more diving, then just go ahead and do it.. maybe do a group course so you can meet other divers to start building a network.
Or just reach out to some of the friendly divers on this board 🙂hsinhaiParticipantFebruary 23, 2016 at 11:54 amPost count: 77
I would also recommend doing your AOW down south, you can’t get a boat dive up north which I think is good to get under your belt during that course if you have not done one already.
Getting a few boat dives in during the AOW really opens the door to doing some more boat dives/trips.
You don’t want your first boat dive to be during a trip with other experienced paying customers, ideally you really want it to be in a more controlled scenario with some one really guiding you.
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