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Thread: Any advantage to getting my AOW?

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    Grouper
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    Any advantage to getting my AOW?

    I've logged 400+ dives(10 yrs), throughout N.S. Canada(burrrrrr), and the Caribbean, 3 specialties.
    I've never run into not being able to participate in dives at advanced sites, but could it happen...whadda'ya think.
    With the privilege of diving, comes the responsibility of conservation.

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    Me and my buddy have been denied twice in the last year because of not having our AOW. We wanted to dive the Spiegel Grove and the U-Boat in North Carolina, but got shot down.

    Now, since then we have called other dive shops and they have said if you have at least 2-4 dives to 80ft or below in the last 6 months they will allow you to dive the Grove without AOW, but that wasn't an option with the op we took.
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    i dont know that the Flower Gardens (MV Spree and Fling) require your AOW cert but they do suggest it...

    but for my own personal opinion, the advantage of getting your AOW is the training and learning itself. i got mine mostly because when i got into this, i wanted to learn and do as much as i could .. more more more.. but i stopped short of rescue diver and have no plans to be a dive master because that stuff looks more like work than fun.
    Karen - I may not know what I'm doing, but by god I'm having fun doing it!

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    I got it in addition to getting nitrox otherwise, AOW is a good class to take. It shouldn't be THAT fun, but it have lots of information in it. At least mine was rather more work then fun because my AOW teacher was an underwater naturalist so we pretty much spent our time going around and finding creatures.
    Now a trimix diver!

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    AOW has differring levels of usefulness. A newer diver will find lots of value. An expierenced diver will be determined by what 'expierence' dives they do.

    Case in point, I did AOW right after OW. My wife has yet to do it. She instead did nitrox, cavern, cave, Adv. Nitrox/Deep (IANTD) and tec nitrox. I saw value - she likely wouldn't.

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    Hard to say for sure but with 400 dives it seems doubtful you'd get a lot out of AOW other than the handy card, but it certainly won't hurt you. I suppose one advantage is you need AOW to take PADI Rescue which is a good idea, though of course you could take Rescue from an agency like NAUI that doesn't require AOW. (I dove for 15 years before I got around to Rescue and it was still well worthwhile.) I don't know if it's possible to take Rescue and get an instructor/PADI to accept experience in place of AOW, maybe not but if it were that would be a good option.

    For a new diver I tend to suggest picking elective dives that focus on "fundamental" skills, but for someone experienced who just needs to get the card maybe you could take it someplace with some different electives that would be interesting to you, something you haven't done.

    As far as being prevented from doing some dive someplace, there's no way to predict that, depends where you go. You could make a point of always verifying in advance that an operator you are thinking of diving with will accept a logbook/experience in place of an AOW card. (That's probably not foolproof, I can imagine someone telling you one thing then when you get someplace a different person has a different idea.)
    Last edited by Damselfish; 02-27-2008 at 11:59.

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    It's worth doing it sometime when you have a chance, simply because it eliminates any possibility of being denied a dive because you DON'T have the card.

    Silly, but it could happen. Find a good instructor and you could even learn a thing or two.

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    I have dove places that without the AOW card I wouldn't have been able to dive there, so for me it was worth it.

    As to whether the class was worth it or not is debatable.
    Matthew P. Cummings
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    I liked the class a lot and found it helpful to have an instructor helping me with the "how" of my diving and skills after I had a few dives under my belt. I don't know how much you would get out of it, but like has been said, it can't hurt, and with the right instructor, I'm sure you could still be taught a thing or two

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    I just see it as a stepping stone to rescue.

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