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Is ACUC recognized worldwide??

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by Duncan Campbell, Dec 28, 2005.

  1. Duncan Campbell

    Duncan Campbell Divemaster

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    I want some opinions or experiences regarding ACUC certification recognition. I recently completed my ACUC Advanced certification. Some people I talk to tell me that ACUC is not widely recognized. I do travel to Mexico and the Caribbean to dive...will I have problems? I am continuing on with my Rescue certification should I go with PADI for that?? Thanks
     
  2. Scuba_Steve

    Scuba_Steve Instructor, Scuba

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    I'd be suprised if you'd have any problems at all. My bro is ACUC and it's never been an issue with him.

    Padi is, of course, world wide, so for that reason I don't think it would be a bad idea.
     
  3. Butch103

    Butch103 Instructor, Scuba

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    Personally I would continue with ACUC. It is recognized through out the world. I have had no issues diving with ACUC cert.
     
  4. wedivebc

    wedivebc CCR Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Go dive Cuba man, lots of ACUC there. I don't think you will have any problems with your cert anywhere. Their training is very thorough even if the training material is a little dated.
     
  5. pt40fathoms

    pt40fathoms PADI Pro

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    ACUC may not be known world wide, but the c-card you carry with the ACUC name will be accepted.

    However, doing a cross over to PADI for the rescue course can't hurt.
     
  6. ghostdiver1957

    ghostdiver1957 Barracuda

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    Its easy to make up a fake C-Card... and even easier to fake a temporary c-card... if you're going to go through the trouble... might as well do an SSI or PADI
     
  7. Walter

    Walter Instructor, Scuba

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    You won't have a problem with an ACUC card. There's NO reason to get a PADI card as well.
     
  8. knotical

    knotical perpetual student

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    From the ACUC website:
    “ACUC is a founding member of the Canadian and European RSTC and therefore we recognize and are recognized by, all WRSTC council member's agencies (see www.wrstc.com). ACUC also holds mutual recognition agreements with CMAS for our diver levels. “
    Among other things, WRSTC sets minimum standards for most SCUBA courses worldwide. I doubt you would have a problem with your ACUC certs.
     

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