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Coming Soon – PADI® Certification Cards Transition to PADI eCards™

Discussion in 'Scuba Certification Agency Q&A' started by Pedro Burrito, Apr 1, 2020.

  1. Pedro Burrito

    Pedro Burrito Moderator Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Boussens, Canton de Vaud, Suisse
    2,444
    1,660
    An email I received from PADI yesterday.

     
  2. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: U.S. East Coast
    11,399
    9,304
    But not PADI Americas! LOL
     
  3. Paul M

    Paul M Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Waterloo, ON
    165
    137
    A good start.

    I don't like to be a 'glass half empty' person but are they overlooking a couple of continents and all existing PADI customers.
    My SSI and IANTD e-cards - free
    My PADI - plastic ( isn't plastic a 4 letter word these days? )
     
  4. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    16,619
    19,783
    Translation: We don't want to have to put of with the cost of physical cards.
     
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  5. Wookie

    Wookie Curmudgeon Apprentice ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

    35,368
    61,674
    It used to be a profit center. Cost $21 extra to get a C-card. I don;t know if you've ever looked into the cost of making one, but it's about 30 cents.
     
  6. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    16,619
    19,783
    @Wookie - mailing alone exceeds that... equipment, electricity, people, benefits, rent to house equipment, mailing, etc. are all costs reduced by e-offerings
     
  7. Wookie

    Wookie Curmudgeon Apprentice ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

    35,368
    61,674
    I agree, not bashing anyone here, but the point remains, C-cards cost PADI nothing, they were a profit center.
     
  8. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    16,619
    19,783
    apparently not in the eye of the new investors...
     
  9. Pedro Burrito

    Pedro Burrito Moderator Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Boussens, Canton de Vaud, Suisse
    2,444
    1,660
    Just a reminder, the certification cards were usually sent to the dive shop for customer pickup. It was a way for PADI and the dive shop to get their customers to come into the shop.
     
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  10. michael-fisch

    michael-fisch ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Finally Lake City FL
    1,178
    897
    I've often gone and dived on remote islands without internet or mobile phone service. The last one had a 19.2kb analog phone line connection on a shared line.
    Thank God I have all the PADI cards that I could ever want, as physical cards.
    One more reason to give PADI the cold shoulder, or should their attitude be extended to drivers licenses, passports and carry permits?
    I can imagine the fun of the ticket sellers at the next DEMA, maybe I should take a camping chair and cooler along to the next DEMA so I can relax for the 2-3 hours it'll take to get inside.

    How do we say to PADI, "Bad Dog, Bad Dog" while whipping them with a 40" Hose?

    Michael
     
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