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SCIP - Directed at the more mature diver

Discussion in 'Q and A for Scuba Certification Agencies' started by rlcoker, Feb 16, 2010.

  1. rlcoker

    rlcoker Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Dallas
    In 1971 I took a dive course in Oklahoma at a junior college and got certified. The certifying organization was Southwest Council Instructors Program, SCIP. I still have the card, and no one has failed to honor it, though many have stated that they have never heard of it. Does anyone know if the orgaization still exists? Did it fold into another orgaization? My card is quite tattered as it is of paper not plastic. I would like to get another card and keep the old one for back-up, as well as sentimental reasons.

  2. knotical

    knotical perpetual student

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Ka'u
  3. trekleader

    trekleader Captain

    knotical, that was a great post, very interesting.
  4. muddiver

    muddiver Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: West Coast USA
    I reccomend you contact NAUI and get transferred over to a new card, and then frame your SCIP card. I have people that still marvel at my 1984 PADI card. Not quite as novel, but still a conversation peice.
  5. rigdiver

    rigdiver Course Director

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Republic of Texas
    Yes, that card is history for sure. Do something to preserve it. The SCIP Instructor card was a thin piece of Stainless Steel that was etched with name, etc.. Very Impressive.
    SCIP was a great program and suffered from being "local," like LA County that still exists.
    SCIP had some training manuals that were second to none. Wish I could acquire some for the collection.
    Dick Wilgus, an old SCIP instructor, is still active @ Dive Toledo on Toledo Bend Reservoir.
  6. captaindavem

    captaindavem Angel Fish

    I still have my SCIP Card (not instructor) that I earned at the age of 14 in Shreveport, LA. I think I have my manual buried away but can't immediately find it. Here is a link for the manuals that is interesting if you have not seen it:

    Well I don't have enough posts to place link so will do it later.

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