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CMAS cert in the USA

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by monica.kraj, Sep 19, 2007.

  1. monica.kraj

    monica.kraj Angel Fish

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    My brother and I live and dive in Europe. The difference between us that his cert is CMAS, whereas mine is SSI. We are planning to go for a trip to the US and maybe we will be lucky enough to include some diving.

    I guess I shouldn't have problems with my SSI cert. But I'm wondering about my brother. Our LDS has told us that it's probable he won't be able to dive at all, since CMAS is not accepted in the USA. Is that true?
     
  2. knotical

    knotical perpetual student Staff Member

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    If his card is in English, it should not be a problem. But, if you run into an uninformed dive operator, you could point out that YMCA Scuba is a (the) CMAS affiliate in the US: YMCA About C.M.A.S.
     
  3. Kingpatzer

    Kingpatzer Captain

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  4. sam miller

    sam miller Public Safety Diver

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    Many years ago LA county and CMAS joined forces to certify LA County UW instructors as CMAS instructors-by completing and submitting some forms we became a 2 star CEMAS instructors.

    I would think any one who is in the know would recognize CMAS and honor it's certification, but then again there are a lot of fuzzy faced instructors in the US.

    Good luck!

    SDM
     
  5. Walter

    Walter Instructor, Scuba

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    Only two star, Sam? They gave me a three star card and I know you're better qualified than me.
     
  6. GrandpaScuba

    GrandpaScuba Instructor, Scuba

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    There shouldn't be any problem anywhere that I know of.
     
  7. Spratman

    Spratman Loggerhead Turtle

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    Wasn't there a way some time ago to cross-certify for diving in Europe?
     
  8. Tomeck

    Tomeck Divemaster

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    No, you don't need a certification CMAS to dive in Europe (except in France for the autonomous diving), the certification PADI is enough.
     
  9. Tomeck

    Tomeck Divemaster

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    No problem, the CMAS card is always translated in French, in English and in Spanish.
     
  10. AbyssalPlains

    AbyssalPlains Solo Diver

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    So far, I have been able to dive with my CMAS cert card in Egypt, in Mexico and the US. I moved to the US from Germany, and when I showed my CMAS card to my LDS (SSI) to ask about transferring into SSI, he said I shouldn't transfer, because in his opinion a CMAS cert is something pretty valuable and he wouldn't trade it in for a SSI cert. They acknowledged all my previous training and dives, and by the time I had accumulated anough dives, they issued me an SSI Master Diver Card.

    I guess my bottomline is: Don't worry about it.
     

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