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    CMAS cert in the USA

    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?

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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.
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    You might also point out that there area NAUI shops who do CMAS certs as well (The Minnesota Scuba Diving Store).

    Perhaps you might want to call CMAS Americas, they are located in Clearwater, FL.
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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.

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

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spratman View Post
    Wasn't there a way some time ago to cross-certify for diving in Europe?
    No, you don't need a certification CMAS to dive in Europe (except in France for the autonomous diving), the certification PADI is enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knotical View Post
    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.
    No problem, the CMAS card is always translated in French, in English and in Spanish.

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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.

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