I realized today that I am on the right path to be recognized as an SSI Master Diver.
The qualifications for Advanced Open Water Diver are 4 specialty courses and 24 logged dives. I currently have 12 logged dives, I have completed the Enriched Air Nitrox (EANx) and Perfect Buoyancy specialties, and I am currently enrolled in the React Right and Science of Diving specialties. So, I really just need to take 2 tests and jump into the ocean a dozen times.
After dive 24, all I will need is Stress & Rescue and 26 more logged dives to be recognized as an SSI Master Diver.
Ironically, I will probably be the first ever Master Diver to think that such a title is unwarranted. I do so much research about scuba diving, that even with 50 logged dives and 5 specialties I will be keenly aware of how much I still don’t know.
In other words, instead of celebrating a great accomplishment, I will be focused on all the other courses I still need to take before I ever acknowledge any kind of mastery of scuba diving.