Marine Scientist and Master Instructor
- Reaction score
- U.S. East Coast
- # of dives
- 2500 - 4999
Let me try and say this again. There is a difference between a certification depth and the depth to which you are trained. The former is 130 ft; the latter depends on your training. Only in a few places do you have to show an AOW card to go past 60 ft. The 60 ft for OW is a RECOMMENDED limit, based on your training and experience. Why don't you call PADI and ask them if your OW card suddenly turns blank if you dive past 60 ft? Another point for possible confusion is that TRAINING dives are limited to 60 ft if you are OW, and 100 ft if you are AOW. A similar bit of semantics occurs in the depth and duration of a dive: people will tell you that a dive must be at least 15 ft deep and 20 mins long to be a "legal" dive. No. those are (approximately) the requirements for a PADI TRAINING dive; if you have a shorter and shallower dive than that, it is still a dive and you ought to log it and count it.