certification card is your passport to fun and adventure. It is your
ticket to the underwater world. It allows you to fill tanks, buy or
rent equipment and book dive charters. Stores, resorts and operators
accept it as verification that you have been trained, passed the tests
and requirements, and you are qualified in the techniques of scuba diving.
So what do you do when you suddenly realize your card is lost as you
are about to go on vacation, or worse yet, when you arrive at your destination.
Do not dispair. It can be replaced, and in most cases, quite quickly
if you are prepared for this situation and know what to do.
Most agencies require basically the same information to replace your
card, but there are a few differences in procedures. You should become
familiar with these and maintain the necessary information in your logbook.
It is also comforting to know that if you lose your card while on vacation,
most agencies will verify your certification by phone or fax to the
resort or operator. But you will still need to replace your card as
soon as you return home.
Listed below are certifying agencies, contact information, procedures
and other information you may need to replace your card. We have not
listed the specific costs as they vary by agency and are subject to
change. Basic costs range from $10 - $20, rush processing will add an
additional $0 - $20 plus overnight delivery fees. But cost is of little
importance when it has to be replaced. If you do a lot of diving and/or
travelling, it may be in your best interest to have an extra C-Card
in advance for just such emergencies. This could help you avoid the
anxiety, lost dive days and additional costs for replacing a card quickly.
But if you must must replace it "on the fly", have this information