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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?
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.