Apparently, there is a difference between diving specialties and non-diving specialties.
I was very excited after completing my 24th dive, because I thought I qualified for SSI Advanced Open Water Diver recognition. The requirements are 24 logged dives and 4 specialties.
Or, so I thought.
It turns out that the React Right specialty is not a “diving specialty,” and therefore does not count as a specialty for recognition purposes. I did not know that. I have not seen that anywhere on the Internet.
React Right is a prerequisite for the Diver Stress & Rescue course, nothing more. Therefore, Stress & Rescue will count as my 4th specialty, following Enriched Air Nitrox (EANx), Perfect Buoyancy, and Science of Diving.
So, it’s not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but since I have not seen this anywhere before, I’m sharing it in hopes of helping others manage their expectations. In my case, I simply celebrated one week prematurely.