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CMAS Fake Card

Discussion in 'CMAS AMERICAS' started by Adam Garcia, Dec 19, 2016.

  1. Adam Garcia

    Adam Garcia Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Egypt
    Is my CMAS C-Card Fake? I am a new CMAS 3 Star Diver here in Alexandria Egypt certified by Egyptian Underwater and Lifesaving Federation (EULF), what confuses me it has expiry date on it and need to renew yearly. According to CMAS International Standards only the Instructors have to renew their Card every 5 years.

    Help guys, where can I report this issues.
  2. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: U.S. East Coast
  3. Fdzzaigl

    Fdzzaigl Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Belgium
    I realise this thread is old so you probably have found the answer by yourself already. But all CMAS cards have an expiry date on them, not because they're fake, but because your CMAS card is linked with an insurance.

    CMAS usually works with clubs, when you pay your membership fee for your club every year an insurance is included. Thus you will receive a new CMAS card every year around the date of expiry.

    In other words, if you card is "expired" it's because your insurance has expired and you haven't paid a membership fee to a club anymore. Your certification still stands however, you'll just need to seek an insurance by yourself.
  4. FinnMom

    FinnMom ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Finland
    Unfortunately the OP never returned after this Dec 2016 post. But just for the record, things can be handled differently in different countries.

    I have several CMAS cards issued in Finland 2008-2015. None of them has an expiry date and none of them has insurance attached. Instructor cards (and certs) do indeed expire.
    Last edited: May 15, 2017
  5. Fdzzaigl

    Fdzzaigl Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Belgium
    Indeed, it can be quite different per region. However, I know this to be the case for a number of countries, including the ones issued to me in Belgium. So it felt to me like the most likely explanation.

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