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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. Superlyte27

    Superlyte27 Cave Instructor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Florida
    I was a boat captain in the keys. We ask the question to determine where to dive and how likely we’ll be performing CPR on you. While I hate the questions, they are valid.
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  2. tmassey

    tmassey Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Shelby Township, MI USA
    Like I said, legal forms and boat captains get an automatic pass: they get an (accurate) answer that will let me do the level of dive I want to do. Everybody else, not so much.
  3. sabbe

    sabbe ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Northern VA
    Technically, altitude diver IS the highest certification.

    That may be my first cert I’ll do just for the c-card. Normally I answer with a cert just high enough to make the dive. Even showing a rescue card could get you buddied up with the newbie air hog.

  4. Hoyden

    Hoyden ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Rockville, MD
    I try to always show the appropriate card for the dive - AOW/Nitrox does it for recreational dives. For a little while after I got my trimix rebreather cert, I showed that because I was very proud of it. It caused lots of confusion so I went back to showing AOW/Nitrox. If I have paying students with me I show an instructor card, but never if I am not working.
  5. SavDiver

    SavDiver Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Florida
    I heard someone went to dive center down south and asked for nitrox and was denied so he gave them his tri mix card and said can we take out the helium. I remember seeing it on this forum don’t remember the rest.
  6. M-Cameron

    M-Cameron Contributor

    i just keep all my C-cards in one of those accordion wallet inserts, and when i show up i just unroll it in a dramatic fashion, like a kings herald reading a scroll

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  7. DavidFL

    DavidFL Wide-eyed nube in the Pub ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Orlando, FL
    I usually show them this card to get a laugh about the 70s mustache and sideburns. In Grand Cayman once an attractive female less than half my age said it looked like a 70s porn actor. I was too slow on the uptake to ask her if she liked my work.

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  8. DavidFL

    DavidFL Wide-eyed nube in the Pub ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Orlando, FL
    Kosta, I recently came across a small stack of these blank cards tucked into the binder pocket of my 1974 YMCA Instructor's looseleaf manual, so for an exorbitant fee....

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  9. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle
    but that's the full course, right? I was thinking of the 2-dive certification where you still need a dive pro to dive with you.

    Those are awesome! Yes, in your shoes, that's what I would show too!
  10. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    Yeah I've heard of that happening--getting paired with a newbie. I have been lucky in that department.
    It's one thing to dive locally and buddy with a new diver, helping them out, etc. I've done that a couple of times and enjoyed it. But it's a different story when you pay big bucks to do a charter.

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