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Replacement Scuba Certification ID Cards
Greg - 2/08/2013 6:54 AM
Category: Survey
Replies: 33

I started to order a replacement certification card today, but I noticed my agency wanted to charge $31! It’s a little, plastic card! So that got me thinking (which is not always a good thing)...

Should provide a card replacement service to scuba divers? You send us your picture and what you want on the card, and we print a little, plastic card for half the price other scuba agencies want to charge. We could have a generic DiveBuddy logo with some image options on the front. And you list your certification agencies, numbers, dates, etc. on the back. If people are concerned about accepting the card as proof that you’re a scuba diver, we can include the agency websites to visit to verify your certification online.

It’s not like the actual cards from an agency have magnetic strips for verification or anything. It’s still up to the person accepting the card to validate with the certification agency.

Would you be interested in this? Do you think it would work (please comment)?
Eric2112 - 4/01/2016 8:35 AM
[Choose #1] I have my hard copy and a digital version thru SSI along with my dive log in both forms
RescueDiver15205 - 10/10/2013 8:17 PM
[Choose #3] Sounds interesting, I would consider it.
Pixel - 4/20/2013 4:46 AM
[Choose #3] in SA we have to buy yearly dive permit. (like for lobster/fishing etc) I’ve been asked more for that, than my card. even though permit can be bought by anyone!
mkolba_ppo2 - 3/03/2013 8:06 AM
[Choose #2] No, concerned of the risk that the card would not be accepted, for one. Two, I keep multiple cards in various places just incase I forget - truck, dive bag, and normally the wallet. In some instances, to mask your highest cert.
Smithsgold - 2/18/2013 10:00 AM
[Choose #1] Is there a time line on when this might get started ??
uwlover4u - 2/12/2013 9:04 AM
[Choose #1] PADI should provide 1 master card with all your certs on it rather then 10 individual cards.
tstormdiver - 2/10/2013 3:05 PM
[Choose #3] $25- $30 is pretty much the going rate between most all agencies. That is not terribly out of line.
RockRat2008 - 2/09/2013 4:59 PM
[Choose #2] My dive logbook is like a day planner with all my certification cards in it and it stays with my dive gear; In 20 years I’ve never needed a replacement card so I don’t see the need.
LatitudeAdjustment - 2/09/2013 6:53 AM
[Choose #3] I have scanned copies on my netbook that I carry for photo editing, been to places with no internet access so online storage wouldn’t work.
Scuba-Smurf - 2/08/2013 11:42 PM
[Choose #2] Unfortunately, they wouldn’t be recognised here in the Middle East... It would just confuse some dive centres and cause issues on registering. Nice idea tho...
Kemperite - 2/08/2013 6:23 PM
[Choose #3] Greg, Hellooo - I’m Danny. No one asks to see my certification card when I go diving. :)
Pacho - 2/08/2013 3:00 PM
[Choose #1] Yes,as long it’s accepted everywhere
ScubaProMax - 2/08/2013 10:38 AM
[Choose #1] Yes as long as the price is reasonable.
Rich-D-Fish - 2/08/2013 8:24 AM
[Choose #2] I see no need. Any time I forget my card I just ask them to pull up my Divebuddy profile online, or I do it for them on my phone or laptop, and my Cert numbers are listed there. It’s still up to them to call and verify. But they never do.
Eve - 2/08/2013 7:23 AM
[Choose #1] sounds like a great idea
Scubadad2 - 2/08/2013 7:16 AM
[Choose #1] Awesome Idea Greg! Then I have 1 card for my wallet and one in my log book folder
Greg - 2/08/2013 6:54 AM
[Choose #1] I think it’s a genius idea. One card with all my important certification numbers!