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Your 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 available.

IANTD - International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers
2124 NE 123 Street, Suite 210
North Miami, FL 33181-2939
Tel: 786-704-9722
Fax: 509-355-1297
Essential: Name, birthdate, current address, e-mail & phone #
Helpful: Instructor's name and/or certification number, name of the dive center where you trained, your certification number.
Photo required - 1" x 1 1/3"
Contact any IANTD dive center, or IANTD directly by phone, fax or mail.

IDEA - International Diving Educators Association
P.O. Box 8427
Jacksonville, FL32239
Tel: 904-744-5554
Fax: 904-743-5425
Essential: Name
Helpful: Birthdate, sex, date of certification, certification number, name of instructor, instructor's certification number.
A new photograph is required for the replacement card - 1" x 1 1/3"
Requests can be made through your original dive center or directly through IDEA. Rush processing is available.

ISEA - International Scuba Educators Association
P.O. Box 17388
Clearwater, FL 34622
Ph. (813) 539-6491
Fax (813) 539-6491
Essential: Name and birthdate.
Helpful: Your certification number, instructor's name and/or certification number, your sex, store where certified, store number, date of certification, name of another student in your class.
New photograph required - 1" x 1 1/3"
Contact your original instructor, an ISEA affiliated dive center, or directly to the agency in writing or by phone. Rush orders are accepted.

MDEA - Multinational Diving Educators Association
4940 Ocean Terrace
Marathon, Florida, 33050
Phone: 305-743-6188
Fax: 305-743-7499
Essential: Name
Helpful: Date of certification, instructor's name and/or certification number, name of affiliated dive center where you trained.
New photo for replacement card - 1" x 1 1/3"
Contact either an MDEA affiliated dive center or MDEA directly. Rush replacement is available.

NASDS - National Association of Scuba Diving Schools
Statement located on SSI website:

NASDS Divers

In 1999, NASDS - The National Association of Scuba Diving Schools - merged with SSI - Scuba Schools International - and in 2001 the NASDS Certification Cards were discontinued. As a courtesy SSI has replaced NASDS c-cards for the last 12 years with equivalent SSI c-cards.

As of February 1st 2012 we will no longer issue any replacement c-cards for NASDS.

All NASDS divers have two options to get a new certification card;

1. Go to any SSI Dive Center and enroll in an experienced diver program.

2. Take a complete Open Water Diver program with any SSI Dive Center.

NASE Worldwide
8137 North Main Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32208
Tel: 888 903-NASE (6273)
Essential: Name, name of your instructor, date of certification.
Helpful: Your sex, instructor's certification number, name of dive store where trained, store's affiliate number, name of another student from your class.
No photo information.
Contact NASE for replacement form.

NAUI - National Association of Underwater Instructors
9942 Currie Davis Dr., Suite H
Tampa, FL 33619-2667
Ph. (800) 553-6284
Ph. (813) 628-6284
Fax: 813-628-8253
Essential: Name, date of certification, certification number, name of instructor.
Helpful: Instructor's certification number, dive store where certified, store's affiliate number, birth date, name of student from your class.
Contact your NAUI dive center or NAUI directly for replacement forms. If your certification is over 10 years old, processing will cost additional and require more time for manual search. Rush orders are available.

PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Worldwide Headquarters

30151 Tomas St.
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688-2125.
Tel: (949) 858-7234 Ext. 2430
Toll Free within the US (800) 729-7234
Fax: (949) 267-1261
Essential: Name, date of birth, and year of certification.
Helpful: Instructors certification number, dive center name, or name of student from your class.
Photo required for replacement 1 3/4 by 2 1/4.
Contact PADI directly for a replacement by mail, online at our website, or at your nearest PADI dive center.
If done directly through PADI, priority rush processing available for an extra fee. Email: Customerservice@padi.com

PDIC - Professional Diving Instructors Corporation
P.O. Box 3633
Scranton, PA 18505
Ph. (717) 342-9434
Fax (717) 342-6030
Essential: Name, birthdate.
Helpful: Instructor's name and/or certification number, name of the dive center where you trained, your certification number.
Photo required - 1" x 1 1/3"
Contact any PDIC dive center, or PDIC directly by phone, fax or mail.

SSI - Scuba Schools International
2619 Canton Court
Fort Collins, CO80525-4498
Tel: 970-482-0883
Fax: 970-482-6157
Essential: Name, dive center where certified.
Helpful: Certification number, birthdate, instructor's name and/or number, dive center's affiliate number, name of another studen from your class.
Photo required - 1" x 1 1/4"
Contact any SSI dive center or SSI directly.


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