Advanced Course: What is the difference between SSI AA and AOWD?

A further level after the OWD is an advanced training. At SSI, i.e. also with us, there are two basic ways to obtain such a certification.

1st advanced course: The Advanced Adventurer (AA)

The “small” advanced course (called “Advanced Course” in our shop) is the Advanced Adventurer (AA). This is a further education in a completed, single course. In this course 5 specialties of your choice are ” touched”. This is fast, not as informative, but a recognized course comparable to e.g. the PADI AOWD (same system). We consider this as a concession to tight time limits, e.g. if a higher certification is to be achieved within one week.

2nd recognition level: The Advanced Open Water (AOWD)

An SSI recognition card is automatically (digitally) created after certain requirements are met. Of course, this certification can also be ordered from us in plastic card form. This “full” Advanced Open Water is reached after completion of at least 4 Specialties and 24 logged dives. The SSI AOWD documents that you have completed a detailed advanced program. For us this is the “right” AOWD and in the hierarchy and equivalence of the diving associations also higher than the Advanced Adventurer (or also the PADI AOWD).

For complete confusion the higher level SSI AOWD course has been named the same as the slightly lower level PADI AOWD course.

In short, there are two ways:
Option 1: Advanced course plus dives (5)
Option 2: 4 Specialties plus the necessary dives. In this case not everything has to be done in one shot. For one week this is also too demanding. There is no time limit when and in which sequence the Specialties are completed. As soon as the prerequisites are met, the certification will be created automatically.

For option two we recommend to start with the specialties Nitrox and Deep Dive. These are the basis for a modern sport diving.

In any case, the theory can be completed in advance online or in the app.