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NAUI equivalent of CMAS' one star certification

Discussion in 'CMAS AMERICAS' started by BurhanMuntasser, Aug 31, 2015.

  1. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

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    Does anyone here knows the NAUI equivalent of CMAS' one star certification please?


    A local CMAS instructor is certifying his students as CMAS 1* after 4 hours in the pool, 4 hours class and 3 dives in the sea. I am not sure that this qualifies the graduates to be at the same level as NAUI's Scuba Diver certification or even PADI's Openwater diver level. Can anyone clarify please?
     
  2. Subcooled

    Subcooled Assistant Instructor

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    It is not the hours but the skill that is relevant.

    When I took the CMAS * course five years ago it was five evenings times two hours (10h) of theory (presented by an instructor who had done a 30 year career as a teacher) and 5x2h in the pool and two open water dives 30 minutes each. The mentioned 4h+4h+3 dives sounds awfully little, but perhaps (s)he is a wonder instructor capable of twice the teaching speed?

    Present CMAS standards: One Star Diver Training Programme
     
  3. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

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    Does PADI take the CMAS 1* certification as a full certification equivalent to PADI's "Openwater Diver" certification?

    ---------- Post added August 31st, 2015 at 02:00 PM ----------

    I just looked at their standards in the link you provided and it is listed specifically that they are required to do 5 dives in openwater. In the case I am referencing, they are only doing 3 dives.
     
  4. Subcooled

    Subcooled Assistant Instructor

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    Sounds like someone is a professional (=needs money for food)

    ...but in any case I would evaluate the divers skills and, more importantly, attitude, before making a judgement
     
  5. Storker

    Storker Divemaster

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    AFAIK, they do.

    There's a written agreement between PADI and CMAS about crossover qualifications. I don't know if it's still valid, though. IIRC, the equivalences are roughly:
    CMAS 1* = PADI OW
    CMAS 2* = PADI Rescue "light"
    CMAS 3* = PADI DM

    Disclaimer: the above is taken from memory, but I've quoted the actual wording in one of the threads on what a CMAS cert really means.



    ---------- Post added September 1st, 2015 at 10:07 AM ----------

    And here it is:

    It was in the American divers get no respect thread.
     
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2015

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