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How many CMAS certified out there in US ?

Discussion in 'CMAS AMERICAS' started by trappist, Jul 11, 2009.

  1. bjjman

    bjjman Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Western United States

    This post must be directed at someone else. I never said anything to that effect.
  2. OceanEd

    OceanEd Dive Shop

    # of Dives:
    Location: Melbourne, Fl

    I agree with what you are saying. I am very glad to hear that you are taking on the goal of adapting the CMAS model to what will work in the USA. When I was trying to work with the different CMAS federations in the European countries in the 1980's they did not want to know anyting about our system in the USA. Even at that time it was pretty clear that the system in the USA (not just PADI but all the organizations) would eventually come to the rest of the world and take over from the amateur model.

    I would love to talk to you more about what you are doing if you would like to do so. If there is any way I can help, let me know. I am always willing to support anything that can benefit modern diving and diving instruction.
  3. seanavent

    seanavent Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: San Francisco, CA 94122
    Hi Frank -

    I'm one of those people that has split from CMAS as an underwater hockey player. I've been on the USA National teams and coached the national team a number of times. I've traveled around Europe getting understanding of what CMAS does for the sports they control. Although I wrote a lengthy diatribe about CMAS, I stepped away ad refrained from those writings as it's not my place to denegrate an organization. But if you'd like to know, I can give you a lot more insight on why many countries have chosen to go different ways from CMAS in regards to underwater hockey. Briefly, we do not think CMAS has our best interests in mind when making decisions.

    I can't say that CMAS is any better or worse than PADI or any other SCUBA organization, but I do know underwater hockey intimately.


    Western Regional Director
    USA Underwater Hockey
  4. Similan

    Similan Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Kansas City area
    I am CMAS 2* and I would always prefer the CMAS certification if you look for quality and not for how fast can you get it. There must be a reason why you can't do a CMAS certification in one weekend but you can with PADI. Throw a CMAS certified beginner and a PADI beginner in a "not pool like underwater situation" and you might see the difference immediately in how they handle the situation. You can't train/teach that much in just one or 2 weekends. But what amazes me most is that you can become a dive master with just 50 dives... I met lots of those, leading a group of several beginners at a tricky dive site - was interesting to watch - and scary!!!anyway... I experienced both and I like the PADI training material and the concept (if it would require more practical training and more challenging tests) but still think it doesn't cover all a diver would need to call himself "certified" and be a reliable "safe" buddy - CMAS challenges this a lot more - but as already mentioned, who wants to invest more time, training, practice (and time is money) if you can get it with less efforts - but also less knowledge and skills about what you actually are doing and dealing with underwater .. I saw a lot of stupidity from so called certified divers no matter what certification they had - they always forget that they not only risk their life but also the life and /or health of their buddies and the dive guides as well - saying that most of the times you only get a nasty look.
  5. Alex777

    Alex777 Divemaster

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Britannia, Grand Cayman
    Mostly out of curiosity, why does the "non represented Caribbean" country have to be "independent not a territory of a European government" for you to be interested?
  6. Thalassamania

    Thalassamania Diving Polymath ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: On a large pile of smokin' A'a, the most isolated
    Because if the are not they are already represented to CMAS by a national federation.
  7. Law5Guy

    Law5Guy HSA Instructor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Rabigh, Saudi Arabia
    To be a member of the Underwater Society of Amercia, is one required to have a CMAS C-Card?
    Divers that have NAUI, PADI, SSI, SDI, etc, cards can't join in?
  8. Thalassamania

    Thalassamania Diving Polymath ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: On a large pile of smokin' A'a, the most isolated
    No, membership in U.S.A. is open to divers from all agencies. The U.S.A. is a dues supported membership organization. Dues currently are $15/year. Membership is open to ALL divers. Link.
  9. M13UGS

    M13UGS Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: London
    I might have missed the answer, though not sure it actually got answered...

    How many CMAS certified divers are there?
  10. VictorP

    VictorP Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia
    CMAS 1* going for 2* in October in Croatia

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