SCUBA DOCUMENTATIONS – ALL PAPERWORK NEEDED FOR SCUBA DIVING
An important and sometimes forgotten part of scuba diving and traveling preparations are proper documentations and paperwork. To make things easy for you, we’ve summed up all necessary documents needed to be arranged prior to going on a scuba diving trip, or joining scuba diving course.
Certified divers documents:
Scuba Diving Certification Cards-
A scuba diving certification card is necessary to prove your scuba diving level of experience. You will be issued a certification card upon completing any of the scuba training courses. Once certified a scuba diver is issued a temporary card, while the magnetic certification card , one similar to driver’s license is processed ad sent to the diver’s home address within several days. If you have been certified but haven’t received or lost your certification card you can contact your certifying dive center, or scuba agency (i.e. PADI, NAUI, SSI, CMAS, BSAC or others) and issue a new one by giving relevant information such as your full name and birth of date. If you’re already at the dive center and have no time to wait for the scuba certification card to be sent, the same information will be used at the local dive center to verify you are certified.
Every traveler needs travel insurance. Every scuba diver needs a travel insurance that covers scuba diving too. Read the fine details regarding scuba diving circumstances in which you are covered or not while on your dive holiday. Make sure that a full decompression chamber treatment is included. It is highly recommended to choose an insurance company that specializes in traveling and especially scuba diving. Such are Worldnomad and DAN.
Scuba Diving Log Book-
A scuba log book is simply a diary of your dives. Dive operators, such as dive centers, scuba instructors, and Dive masters are required to check your recent dive experience prior to taking you for your next scuba experience. The idea is to be able to estimate your skill level and make sure they match the dive circumstances and conditions at the local sites. Another equally important aspect is making sure your skills are up to date. That means that you have a logged dive within the past 6 months. If you haven’t been diving for longer than that you’ll most likely be required to take a short check dive, to evaluate your skill level and confidence.
Scuba courses documents:
Generally, physician’s waivers aren’t required for scuba diving. That is, as long as you’re healthy. Prior to joining any scuba diving activity a scuba diver must sign a Health release form where he/she answers simple yes/no questions about the health history.
If no question is answered positively, i.e. no physical problems are restricting you from diving, there’s no need for you to see any physician. Otherwise, you’ll have to have a signed physician waver clearing you for diving.
If you know you have physical problems that might prevent you from diving, consult your physician and have him sign the Health Release Form for scuba diving, issued by the certifying scuba agency.
Parent’s signature for minors (under 18).
Minors must obtain parents signature prior to participating in a scuba diving course. However, a certified scuba diver under the age of 18 doesn’t require his parents’ signature.
Scuba Courses Referral forms.
If you have started a course and for some reason could not have finished it, always ask for a referral form, which allows you to complete the course you’ve started anywhere around the world with the same scuba agency. If you hold a valid (generally 24 months) scuba referral form you can continue your scuba training where you’ve stopped saving you money and vacation time.
- Driver’s license
- Vaccinations – Some countries require vaccination documents shown upon entry.
- Medications documents- If you require any specific medication get the prescriptions needed to be able to purchase more of it.
Don’t forget to make sure your credit card will be accepted at your travel destination. It is always wise to carry some travelers checks with you and again, make sure they too will be accepted when time comes. If you are using travelers checks document the checks serial number and keep it somewhere safe, even at home in case you lost them during your travels