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How answer "what is your highest certification level"?

Discussion in 'Advanced Scuba' started by Bert van den Berg, Feb 21, 2021.

  1. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    16,413
    19,406
    Cards might be a clue, but show up with a double hose kit, and let the real fun begin!
     
  2. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    14,178
    10,527
    More than a few divers use a DH in SE FL, I don't think anyone pays much attention. Many of them are at the younger end of the age spectrum, of course, most are toward that end, compared to me.
     
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  3. sprockjohnson

    sprockjohnson New

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Florida
    3
    0
    I got OW and Nitrox years ago and have never found a reason to get anything "higher" since I have my own boat, compressor, blending equipment, etc... My dive buddies are mostly public safety dive team members and there has yet to be a dive we have done in which I felt I needed more certification cards than I already possess, even with transitioning to sidemount and rebreathers. That being said though, I don't go on commercial dive boats often or to places where they check for certification cards.
     
  4. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    16,413
    19,406
    At least yours in plastic.... my YMCA card is manilla inside a plastic laminated pocket. The certification is a cut out window that the various levels of certification were put on it. The back is another small card filled out by hand....
     
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  5. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    14,178
    10,527
    Yes, very advanced, thinner than current cards but with embossed information. Only thing missing is a photo, they hadn't figured that out yet.
     
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  6. Scubagolf

    Scubagolf ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Sacramento, California, USA
    1,246
    277
    AOW + number of dives tells them what they want to know. (+ Nitrox if diving it.)
     
  7. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    16,413
    19,406
    forgot to add, the picture is stapled to the card stock....
     
  8. 100days-a-year

    100days-a-year Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: NE Florida
    2,305
    760
    I have only shown proof of certification a few times. Once at a SB meetup to dive with manatees, at a SB meetup to dive some holes in FL and some private trips to those same holes. My only offshore charter vessel experience was with a dive shop owner who was a close friend. All of my other dives have been on a recreational boat owned by a friend, my personal recreational boat, a shore dive or on a commercial vessel I crewed , Captained or owned. So maybe 5 or 10 times out of thousands of dives.
     
  9. JimBlay

    JimBlay Divin' Papaw ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: South Florida
    1,337
    2,278
    When asked for my highest cert how I answer depends upon the context. I have cards on three tracks ... rec, tec & pro. Rec I answer solo, if Pro seems warranted I’ll answer Divemaster, if Tec I’ll answer trimix. I have all of those cards along with my Adv Nitrox saved digitally on my phone.

    These days my Solo & Adv Nitrox are the only cards I use with any regularity and even that is just a time or two a year.
     
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  10. Capt Jim Wyatt

    Capt Jim Wyatt Hanging at the 10 Foot Stop Staff Member

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: High Springs - Cave Country
    2,630
    1,869
    These always strike up some odd looks too from 1975.
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    PADI_cave2.JPG
     
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