Temporary PADI C-card

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by VFV, May 4, 2011.

  1. VFV

    VFV Angel Fish

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    Hi! I'd be grateful if anyone has a thought:

    We finished a PADI Open Water class last weekend in a PA quarry and are off to HI next week to dive. I was told by the shop owner that every dive shop in HI will be able to look up our padi certifications so it won't be a problem that we don't have cards and we won't need (and can't be provided with) temporary certification cards. Before we decided to get certified through this shop we asked both the owner and instructor about temp cards and they said they provide them. Now, it appears, they don't? Something must have changed. I was asked to call back tomorrow (again) when the instructor will be in and talk to him. We weren't asked to bring logbooks to the last dive, so they weren't signed by the instructor.

    Are there such things as PADI temporary certification cards? Is it true that all dive shops in Hawaii will be able to look up our certifications online and that physical c-cards aren't necessary? This is confusing.

    Thanks for insights!
     
  2. ReeferBen

    ReeferBen Barracuda

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    I have asked a shop to look up a padi cert and was told they were not a PADI dive shop so could not look it up. I was going to suggest the log book but with out the sig that's a problem. I would suggest taking your log book into the shop and having the instructor sign off with his # that OW was complete.
     
  3. DBailey

    DBailey Scuba Instructor

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    1. With the same spelling of your name that is sent to PADI and your date of birth, the shop can look up your certification.

    2. The only catch is if it hasn't been entered into the system yet. Previously, everthing was done on paper and sent to PADI; therefore, there was a potential lag before your data was in the system. The temporary card handled the lag time. Now everything is supposed to be entered electronically after you complete your certification dives with maybe a day or two lag.

    Edit: For #1, it doesn't even need to be a PADI shop, just someone with access to the PADI Pro's area.
     
  4. Arkman

    Arkman Barracuda

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    When we got certified in 02 I was given a temporary card. If I remember correct it was a sheet of paper that we filled out and the instructor signed with on or two cards on the bottom. He sent in the paper on top and I kept one card on the bottom. I still have it, and its a good thing too. The dive shop in Jamaica didn't believe my c-card because the film on front that said i was an open water diver came off. I gave him my temp card and he was cool with it then.

    I'd call PADI. Get it straight from the source. I struggled to get a replacement card for my wife after her name change until I called them..5 days later I had a card.

    I'll pm you the name/number of the guy we talked to. He was super nice.
     
  5. Ste Wart

    Ste Wart Loggerhead Turtle

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    Check your e-mails. As soon as you've been processed as an Open Water Diver PADI will send you a 'congratulations' e-mail.

    Really your Dive Shop should give you a temp card. But if you process certs online this entails you printing the details out yourself (the dive shop that is) so cheap shops can just not bother doing that. It's poor practice. I've seen it done a lot; one dive centre; I know, always claims that their internet is down and then batch process every cert at the end of the month rather than piecemeal (you know who you are!!)

    Dive checking at PADI shops is easy and you should have no problems in Hawaii, but the shop is being slack.
     
  6. knfmn

    knfmn Barracuda

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    I finished my certification in Mexico and the shop I finished up with printed out a temporary PADI card that afternoon. I think I had it in my hands within 15 minutes of us getting back to the dock. I can't speak to the ins and outs of which shops can and cannot provide temporary cards, but I had been given the understanding that everyone could.

    I do think that dive shops are able to look up certifications online, but I would be super leary about travelling all the way to Hawaii without something.

    I would have a super problem with 1. not being told to bring your logbooks to have your training dives signed off on by the instructor and, even more importantly, 2. them telling you one thing and then changing their story after you've paid for your training and finished your dives.

    Basically I think your best recourse is to gently hound the dive shop for a temp card. You could also try calling PADI if you're suspicious. They can probably speak to whether or not your cert card can be looked up online with a lot more authority than I can.

    Hope some of this helps a little.

    Kristopher
     
  7. knfmn

    knfmn Barracuda

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    I wouldn't count on receiving that email. I never got one.

    Kristopher
     
  8. Fish in a Barrel

    Fish in a Barrel Nassau Grouper

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    SSI lets you look up a diver and print a temp card right from their website. Does PADI offer anything like that?

    Also, if you know who you'll be diving with, give them a call.
     
  9. Frosty

    Frosty Divemaster

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    when I got my ow and then my aaw I was issued a green Temp card with my number on it.
    come to think of it so did my wife.
     
  10. fnfalman

    fnfalman Single Diver

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    Have the instructor sign off on your log book and show the log book to the dive charter.

    Or unless paperwork had changed by PADI, the instructor was suppose to sign a tear-away little card that acts as a temporary card (supposedly good for 30-days).
     
  11. yakattack

    yakattack Angel Fish

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    I was told this by my dive shop as well. That we would receive a temp c-card the day we finished our OW dives (4/24). However, turns out the shop was "out" of temp cards. I am leaving for the keys in a week, and I still haven't received my c-card. I did, however, receive an email saying it was on the way, and entered in the system.
     
  12. joel smith

    joel smith Nassau Grouper

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    I got certified dy padi last sept and was given a temp card that was good for 3o days.
     
  13. slimey

    slimey Angel Fish

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    I did my OW in February, and I was given a printout of a temp c-card the same day (apparently the instructor just prints it out when he enters your details into the PADI website, which is what triggers them printing and sending your plaster c-card).

    [​IMG]
     
  14. VFV

    VFV Angel Fish

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    Thanks for all replies and the great information! I'll let you know how it all works out. Thanks, again!
     
  15. Simon-

    Simon- PADI Pro

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    It makes no difference how your application was sent to PADI.

    If the shop used a paper PIC, there is a section that is given to the student as the temporary card.

    If the shop used PIC on-line, they can print out a temporary card as soon as the PIC is processed. This is pretty instant.

    Either way, they can and in my opinion should have, given you a temporary card that is valid for 90 days.
     
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  16. soltari675

    soltari675 Single Diver

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    I certified at a Padi shop last September and was given a temp card until mine came in. It was just something printed from his email or Padi's site or something that he signed.
     
  17. WetBoy101

    WetBoy101 Barracuda

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    Slimey has it right. I got the same piece of paper. You do need a jpeg photo to go with the paperwork, and the shop may not have the photo capabilities. As far as Hawaii goes, almost all (if not all) on the Big Island are PADI shops and can look up your records for you. Aloha...
     
  18. BuoyantC

    BuoyantC Scuba Instructor

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    It is PADI standards that the certifying instructor sign logbooks - period. Also as stated above if they used the old paper PIC form to send in your certification you would have needed to supply a photo AND signed the PIC form with a tear off temp card. The newer system is done electronically, but you would still need to supply a photo - digital - and the instructor would print AND sign a temp card at the same time with your photo on it. If you missed a step in either scenario, best to contact PADI directly to make sure you are in the system.

    Good Luck
     
  19. znolan

    znolan Angel Fish

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    These days almost all PADI instructors are doing thier certs on line and printing out a temp card (Page) as soon as they are done. You should have been asked for a picture or most likely these days the instructor just takes one of you and processes it with the other docs on line. If this has not been done I would be concerned if I was going to travel soon. It's so easy these days, there really is no excuse for them to delay. You should ask for your temp card whether it has been done on line or snail mail way, either way, you should have a card in your hand upon completion. If any issues just call PADI and explain while you are standing in the shop. They may want to talk to them.....
     
  20. Damselfish

    Damselfish Orca

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    I would insist on the temp card, can't imagine any (good) reason why they shouldn't give you one. I would also get in touch with the instructor and get your training dives signed off as some backup proof should you ever need it.

    It's true any PADI shop should be able to look you up if you're in the system. But I think of that more as a backup for a lost/forgotten card, not a reason to punt on a physical card.
     

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